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NYSSCA President Gloria Jean recently participated in on online presentation for the College Access Affinity Group which presents monthly calls on promising practices and research in college access, persistency, completion and career preparation. This service is from the U.S. Department of Education and the White House "Reach Higher" Initiative. NYSSCA participated in the San Diego White House Summit in November 2014, where the College and Career Comprehensive Counseling Consortium of NY and NJ (CCCCC NY/NJ) was formed. Presentations, transcripts and audio for others in the series can be found on the website.

School Counselors and College Access Professionals "Pre and In-Service Training in College and Career Readiness"

Presentation: Part two of reports from the November 2014 San Diego State University Reach Higher convening addressing the pre and in-service training of school counselors and college access professionals in college and career readiness.

Speakers: Judith Lorimer, Deputy Director, Options Center, Goddard Riverside Community Center, Harlem, NY — Stuart Chen-Hayes, Associate Professor, CE/School Counseling, CUNY Lehman College, Co-Chair, TSCCAIN, Bronx, NY — Gloria Jean, President, New York State School Counselor Association (NYSSCA), Adjunct faculty, The College of Saint Rose, School Counseling program, Albany, NY — Tim Conway, President, New Jersey School Counselor Association (NJSCA), Director of School Counseling, Lakeland Regional HS, Wanaque, NJ
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NYSSCA Executive Board Elections
NYSSCA Members will be receiving an electronic ballot for our annual elections in the next few days. Please take a moment to review the candidates and cast a vote in this important election. Our candidates this year are:
    President Elect Elect — Kristen M. Shearer, Director of Student Support Services: / Grade 6-12 Counselor, Schenevus Central School District

    Vice President Elementary Level — Kathryn V. Haley, School Counselor, Enders Road Elementary School, Fayetteville-Manlius CSD

    Vice President Middle Level — Hennessey Lustica, School Counselor, Geneva Middle School
    Carol Miller, School Counselor, Lansing Middle School
    Marjorie Miller, Walter H. Crowley Intermediate School, Elmhurst, NY

    Vice President Counselor Educators — Susan L. Dodd, Ph.D., NCC, St. Lawrence University

    Region 2 Governor — John Cucurullo, School Counselor, Pennington/Graham Middle Schools, Mount Vernon City School District

    Region 4 Governor — Lynne C. Jenkins, Corinth High School HS Counselor/Guidance Director

    Region 6 Governor — Joan Cawley, Allen Road Elementary, North Syracuse, NY

    Region 10B Governor — Kristy Lebron, Guidance Counselor, Pablo Neruda Academy of Architecture and World Studies, Bronx, NY

  Inspirations for Youth and Families

Inspirations for Youth and Families teen rehab is a small, privately run treatment center and private school located in Florida. The program helps teenagers overcome drug and alcohol addiction in a calm, therapeutic setting. Clients participate in daily exercise, counseling, and a variety of therapies. A typical stay at Inspirations lasts 30 to 90 days.

NYS Department of Health-NYS Youth Sexual Health Plan
NYS Department of Health
On May 20, 2014 Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker released the first ever New York State Youth Sexual Health Plan (Plan). Click here to view the press release. The Plan is consistent with the New York State Department of Health Prevention Agenda and is a guide to ensure that accurate sexual health information and quality health services are made available to all New York State youth.

The purpose of this Plan is to address the HIV, STD, and pregnancy prevention issues facing adolescents and young adults and promote positive, healthy, and informed choices regarding sexual health. Reproductive and sexual health are key issues for young New Yorkers. Providing accurate and comprehensive information to protect their health and prepare them for responsible decision making is a public health responsibility. Read Entire Letter from Dan O’Connell, Director, AIDS Institute

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Bill would limit use of student data
The New York Times
Is the digital revolution in the classroom giving the education technology industry carte blanche to exploit student data? That was the question some teacher and parents groups have posed in their public responses to the news that Pearson, the education publisher, had been covertly monitoring social media sites to identify students who might have disclosed questions from its assessment tests. In an effort to ease parent and teacher concerns, two congressmen are planning to introduce a bill that would place limits on how education technology companies can use information about kindergarten through 12th-grade students.
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Smart Talk: School counselors observations on educations and college
In most discussions of education in the school setting, the focus is on teachers and maybe principals. We don't often hear about others involved in educating young people. School counselors for example. The days of students visiting the guidance office only when they're planning to apply to college are over. Today's counselors perform many tasks that can put them in daily contact with students. So what do counselors do and why are their duties important in the education experience?
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At William Paterson University, we pride ourselves on our commitment to providing each student with an exceptional and affordable public higher education experience. MORE

Study: Children who start school later are more likely to drop out
Science World Report
A new study by researchers at Duke University shows that children who start kindergarten a bit later are more likely to drop out of school and commit serious crimes. However, the outcomes are more likely for children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who start later start out with a bit of an advantage. "This research provides the first compelling evidence of a causal link between dropout and crime. It supports the view that crime outcomes should be considered in evaluating school reforms," said lead author Philip J. Cook, a professor in Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy.
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Kids' diets could impact their ADHD
Pacific Standard
Rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have been steadily climbing for at least two decades. Today, roughly 11 percent of children in America are diagnosed with the psychiatric condition. Pharmacological treatments work for the majority of children, but some feel the drugs may be over-prescribed. Lots of parents (especially in the United States) object to giving their children stimulant medications. For many years "there has been some interest in functional food, so to say, or whether dietary intake could improve symptoms of psychiatric disorders," says Dienke Bos, a graduate student at University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands.
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Graduation rates inch up for students with disabilities
Disability Scoop
An increasing number of students with disabilities are graduating high school, federal officials say, though they still receive diplomas at far lower rates than other students. The graduation rate for students with disabilities reached nearly 62 percent during the 2012-2013 school year, representing a rise of almost 3 percent compared to two years earlier. The figures released Monday from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics come a month after federal officials said the nation's overall high school graduation rate reached a record-high of 81 percent in 2012-2013.
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  Online Courses for School Counselors

Our Online Certificate of Advanced Study (School Counselor) Program offers courses for provisionally certified school counselors seeking to meet the requirements for permanent certification in New York. We also offer online courses to non-matriculated students for professional development.

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Understanding invisible disabilities
Invisible disabilities are some of the most difficult ones for educators to identify because they are just that — invisible. Students can "hide in plain sight" either intentionally or because they aren't aware that they have a disability. Some students are fearful, along with their parents, that they won't be accepted to college or that they will carry a label through the end of 12th grade. The silent aspect of IDs also makes it difficult for teachers to learn about their students' needs unless they are told outright.
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What are the most challenging Common Core standards?
eSchool News
A new look into how students handle some of the toughest reading and math Common Core standards could help educators identify where they need to spend more time. Curriculum Associates recently conducted research using data from more than 750,000 students to identify the reading and math Common Core State Standards that students find the most challenging.
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Zeroing out zero tolerance
The Atlantic
Recently, New York City's Department of Education, under Chancellor Carmen Fariña, called for an end to principal-led school suspensions without prior approval — a practice that grew in popularity during the Bloomberg years as part of a focus on "broken windows," or small crimes that herald disorder. And the Los Angeles Unified School District made a similar move two years ago, when it banned suspensions for "willful defiance," punishment that had a disproportionate impact on students of color. These large cities are at the vanguard of a shift away from zero-tolerance school discipline toward less punitive strategies that emphasize talking it out and resolving disputes among students to keep them in school.
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The role of parents in improving school diversity
The Atlantic
Across America, public-education systems struggle with a lack of racial and economic diversity. How should that factor into families' choices when deciding where to send their children?
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What is being done to help special needs students who are bullied
Deseret News
When a middle school cheerleader with Down syndrome was being bullied, the team she cheered for came to her rescue. During a basketball game last week, students in the stands taunted Desiree Andrews, according to KTLA, a local news station in Wisconsin. The team's players then walked off the court and confronted the bullies about their actions. "We were mad. We didn't like that," Miles Rodriguez, one of the players who walked off the court, said, according to Fox News.
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How much academic homework is too much?
Psychology Today (commentary)
Harris Cooper, professor of psychology at Duke, reviewed more than 60 studies regarding the amount of time a child might do homework to achieve the optimal results. In a paper, published in 2006, he recommended that this time was 10 to 20 minutes per grade in school. In theory, a second grader would be expected to sit, distraction free, for 20 minutes, while a sixth grader would have approximately 60 minutes allocated for homework.
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Learned helplessness: A daily tug of war
By: Pamela Hill
Teachers and parents do not set out to teach a child to have learned helplessness. However, the components of learned helplessness are often better understood by teachers and parents than the child. The child may be experiencing many emotions that she cannot sort out on her own. She may really want to attempt what is being asked of her, but she does not know where to begin. She may have had negative experiences in the past that are flashing into her memory. But many of the behaviors demonstrated by the child can be recognized and changed with guidance.
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Common Core tests were supposed to be immune to test prep. So why are kids spending weeks prepping anyway?
The Hechinger Report
Five weeks before the start of March testing, with excitement bubbling over for Mardi Gras, it was practice-test week at New Orleans’ John Dibert Community School at Phillis Wheatley. Instead of thinking about parades, beads and king cakes, fourth-graders were intent on the test papers before them and a large digital clock counting down on the whiteboard. Signs posted outside the classroom door cautioned "quiet, testing in progress."
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