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Chicago's Safe Passage program adds 7 more schools
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Seven more Chicago public schools will be served by Safe Passage routes this school year, making the program available to roughly 2,500 more students.
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Please join us for a Sept. 29 breakfast for high school counselors
The Counselors’ Breakfast is a free event where we share general information about our 17 institutions and serve breakfast along with all the information. Using a round robin format, admission representatives will have small group discussions with counselors and answer questions. The colleges’ latest printed materials will be available too.

Where: Maggiano’s Little Italy — 516 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654

When: Tuesday, Sept. 29

7:30 a.m.            Begin gathering for breakfast and conversation
8-8:15 a.m.         Brief presentation from Minnesota's Private Colleges
8:15-9:45 a.m.    Round robin table discussions
9:40-10 a.m.       Wrap-up and mingle time

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For questions, contact Cecilia Petschel at or 651-293-6811.

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School counselors' use of online technology tools for professional purposes
The primary research questions of this study are:
  1. What online technology tools are currently and commonly used by school counselors?
  2. How are school counselors using these tools for professional purposes?
  3. For whom and with which audiences are school counselors using these tools?
  4. What are the benefits and challenges of using these tools in the school counselor's role?
This research study includes a online survey which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Any questions that participants do not wish to answer may be skipped and the survey may be quit at any time.

Participants must be actively employed, practicing school counselors with the appropriate state certificate or license and at least a Master’s degree in Counseling. Other school support personnel such as school social workers or school psychologists will not qualify for this study.

This study is being conducted by Dr. Erin Mason of the Counseling and Special Education Department in the College of Education at DePaul University. Dr. Mason can be contacted at or 773-245-3746. This study is conducted with practices and procedures that preserve the rights and protection of human subjects and is approved by the Institutional Review Board of DePaul University.

Participants may access the online survey by clicking here.

Upon clicking the link, participants will be presented with a consent page prior to beginning the survey.

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Government: College students can apply earlier for financial aid
The Associated Press via PBS NewsHour
Aspiring college students will be able to apply for federal financial aid three months earlier than now and submit a previous year's tax return, changes aimed at helping more people pay for school, the White House said.
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State instituting civics requirement for schools
A new year means new learning. Starting next year, a new law would require high schools to teach civics classes. "Students really ought to have that background and that education before they become participants in our government system." Tonia Faloon-Sullivan has been teaching history for more than 20-years. She says she's pleased to hear about a new requirement.
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How can we stem the tide of teacher shortages?
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Just a few years ago, teachers across the country faced a stark future, with many suddenly receiving pink slips in their hands. With the economy looking more dire by the minute, people turned away from the teaching profession to train in other vocations — training that would get them better jobs and fast. My, how the tides have turned. Districts are now reporting a serious dearth of teachers and therefore scrambling to hire more.
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Why aren't schools doing more to prevent suicide?
Despite the fact that suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth between the ages of 10 and 24, it doesn't even make the list of the top 10 health concerns parents have for their kids. In fact, mental health or self-harm issues don't make the list at all — though obesity, Internet safety, bullying, school violence, drug and alcohol abuse do. The lack of attention given to suicide is alarming, especially since 16 percent of high school students have reported "seriously considering" committing suicide.
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    Childhood depression is on the rise (Business Insider)
Illinois to revise school discipline policies for 2016 (WQAD-TV)
Exclusion more harmful to teens than overt bullying (University of Queensland via Medical Xpress)
Over 200 Illinois schools to receive fruit and vegetables (WAND-TV)
Bullying in school: Signs and solutions (WKXW-FM)

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8 tips for dealing with problem students
Education Week
Over half of new teachers leave the field within the first 3 years. Why? Many cite the stress of dealing with disruptive and problem behavior in the classroom as the main reasons. If you feel frustrated with the behavior issues that you have to handle, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone — handling behavior issues comes with the job description.
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Transitioning to college: The responsibility shift
By Pamela Hill
More students with learning disabilities are enrolling in college than in the past. However, they are also dropping out of college at a higher rate than their peers. Why? The students often do not reveal their disability to college personnel. As students with learning disabilities begin their fall semester at the college or university of their choice, they are ultimately responsible for seeking educational accommodations and modifications that previously were provided to them.
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A case for depression screening in schools
The Huffington Post
It is tough for students to succeed in life and in school if they suffer from depressive disorders. We test our youth for so many things, including intelligence and scoliosis, so why not depression? Over 350 million people around the world are affected by depression, and it is important for health care professionals to detect it early. According to the Maternal & Child Health Journal, 2 percent of young children and 8 percent of teens have depression at any point in time.
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