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2014 NYSSCA Graduate Student Scholarship announcement — application deadline, Friday, April 4
To help future school counselors fulfill their educational goals, the New York State School Counselor Association awards scholarships to graduate students each year who are currently enrolled in a New York State accredited master's-level school counseling program.

Scholarships are awarded based on students' academic achievement, contributions to the field and commitment to the promotion of the ASCA/NYSSCA Comprehensive Model and NYS Learning Standards. The required letter of recommendation should be specific as to the candidate's suitability for the award.

NYSSCA Contact:
Dr. Robert Rotunda, NYSSCA Executive Director
Call (631) 582-4047 or email

The application for the 2014 Graduate Student Scholarship is available HERE.

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NYSSCA 2014 Conference News
Call for Programs — NYSSCA Conference 2014
Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2014
Hilton Albany
"School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful"

Call for Programs form is available on the home page of our website at

Conference Registration is now open. Online registration is available HERE. The 'paper' registration form is HERE.

Hotel reservations are to be made directly through the Albany Hilton, and that info is available here:
  • Make room reservations directly with the Albany Hilton at 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) or Use conference code 1NYSCC for the conference room rate.

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12th Annual NYSUT Professional Issues Forum on Health Care
Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY
April 26, 2014

Dear NYSSCA members,

A unique opportunity for professional growth and to strengthen our collective voice is attached and I urge you to attend!

As one of your representative voices on NYSUT's Health Care Professional Council who's purpose it is to give voice to the other education professionals represented within the educational setting such as school counselors, school psychologist, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists and school nurses, I am personally inviting you to attend if you are a NYSUT member! The first time discount is only $75!

Why support this conference sponsored by NYSUT, the union that represents you if you are working in the public sector? This conference has been developed to specifically seek input from us via the networking session as well as provide union support and professional development. We need you to attend and lend your voice so that NYSUT can begin to better understand and serve our needs more effectively. We need you to tell us what you need and how we can begin to meet your needs through our NYSSCA/NYSUT collaboration. Learn about NYSUT Health Care Professional of the Year award so that perhaps someday — you as a school counselor might be recognized for the important work that we do!

Please use this direct link to access specific conference information and register.

Ask your local Union President to support your attendance to this conference — perhaps they will even pay the registration fee for you to attend! Ed 5 and 6 within NYSUT has pledged support to send people from their locals per their regional meeting yesterday in Rochester!

Yours in Solidarity,

Elizabeth Peters, MS Ed., NCSC
School counselor — Freewill Elementary School, WCSD
NYSSCA Region 8 Govenor & Delegate
NYSUT HCPC Council — School Counselor Rep
WTA Delegate

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  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.

Save the date — 3rd Annual Northeast PBIS Leadership Forum

3rd Annual
Northeast PBIS Network Leadership Forum
May 22-23, 2014
Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
625 North Road Groton, CT 06340

Attend the 3rd Annual Northeast PBIS Network Leadership Forum, and join us to develop a professional PBIS network that will enhance our capacity to work smarter and more effectively on PBIS framework implementation in the northeast states.

Register online at

. For a full list of anticipated sessions and presenters, go to the Forum Agenda tab on the registration site. 

Additional registration information will be available at


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Coalition to reform the New York Tuition Assistance Program.
NYSSCA has participated in this Coalition for the past 15 months and last week our work came to fruition.

Thousands of students and allies push to make college more affordable and fight student debt.

NYPIRG unveils coalition of hundreds of groups calling on the legislature to reform the New York State Tuition Assistance Program. Here are links to the full News Release and the #ReformTap Platform.

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The real reasons New York has the country's most segregated schools
The Daily Beast
New York City occupies a special place in the American consciousness as the tumultuous seat of our financial markets and the buzzing capital of our culture. Most importantly, it's the city that exemplifies American pluralism, the "melting pot" that attracts new immigrants looking for work and college graduates drawn from their hometowns by the promise of excitement and diversity. So, when it turns out that the melting pot has the most segregated schools in the country, as a new study reports, it suggests that something has gone very wrong in our approach to education.
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New York students who opt out of Common Core forced to 'sit and stare'
The Washington Times
Some New York parents are outraged after learning their children who opted out of Common Core testing are being forced to sit and stare for hours at a time while the other children take exams. According to the New York State United Teachers Union, at least 15 school districts in the state are choosing the sit-and-stare policy for students who opt out of testing, a local ABC affiliate reported.
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Opinion: Our crazy college crossroads
The New York Times
Over recent days the notices have gone out, an annual ritual of dashed hopes. Brown University offered admission to the lowest fraction ever of the applicants it received: fewer than one in 10. The arithmetic was even more brutal at Stanford, Columbia, Yale. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had a record number of students vying for its next freshman class — 31,321 — and accepted about one in six who applied from outside the state. Notre Dame took about one in five of all comers.
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  When you're here, you're almost there

Health Analytics is the future of health care administration and the new, one of a kind analytics program at D'Youville College, will give the student an early career advantage in this high demand profession. Health Analytics is vital to any organization in the planning, implementation of programs and policy.

Learning disabilities and academic procrastination
Psychology Today
Students with learning disabilities face special frustrations with academic tasks and they often develop maladaptive academic behavior. They report stress, anxiety, self-doubt, diminished persistence, lower expectations for success and negative emotions associated with school work. Of course, procrastination may also be a problem. A new study explores procrastination in relation to students with learning disabilities.
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Some New York City private schools have dismal vaccination rates
New York Magazine
School immunization data for the 2012-13 school year obtained by Daily Intelligencer from the New York State Department of Health shows that some 245 New York City private schools fell short of the 95 percent vaccination rate which experts say prevents measles from spreading — an effect known as "herd immunity." Of those schools, 125 had rates below 90 percent, and 37 fell below 70 percent.
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He's all-Ivy — accepted to all 8 Ivy League colleges
USA Today
In the next month, Kwasi Enin must make a tough decision: Which of the eight Ivy League universities should he attend this fall? A first-generation American from Shirley, N.Y., the 17-year-old violist and aspiring physician applied to all eight, from Brown to Yale.
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