Spring Professional Development Conference
Kean University
April 10, 2015
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1000 Morris Ave, Union, NJ
School Counselor Evaluation Model
The New Jersey Department of Education has approved the NJSCA School Counselor Evaluation Model to appear on its list of approved evaluation models in the state. The Department approves and supports the voluntary use of the counselor evaluation model developed by the NJSCA.
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Call for Programs: NJSCA 2015 Fall Professional Development Conference

NJSCA is seeking programs for the 2015 Fall Professional Development Conference, which reflect the diversity of our students and the school counseling profession.
Conference topics can include, but are not limited to: bullying, transgender issues, I&RS/504 Plans, using data, grief, college & career planning, ASCA RAMP, legal issues for school counselors, unique approaches to counseling, advocacy, school counselor evaluation process, elementary school counseling programs, middle school programs, comprehensive school counseling programs, etc.  We especially invite practicing school counselors to consider presenting a workshop at the conference in October 2015.  Counselors prefer and enjoy most, the workshops that are presented by other counselors.
DEADLINE:  April 30, 2015

Link to "Call for Programs" submission form 

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Somerset County School Counselor Association Meeting

We are so please to announce that to build a professional learning community among professional counselors the first meeting of the Somerset County School Counselor Association (SCSCA) has been set.
Date and Time: Thursday, March 26 at 4pm
Location: Raritan Valley Community College Atrium (It is located on the lower level of the College Center. 
Parking: You can park in either Lot 1 or 2. 
RSVP Contact: Please RSVP by March 23 to Jillian Shadis at jshadis@bernardsboe.com or Dr. Olcay Yavuz at yavuzolcay@gmail.com

Depending upon interest in the group The SCSCA would offer:

  • Monthly meetings to network/collaborate with colleague
  • Guest Speakers/Professional Development at the meetings on current, relevant topics
  • Annual "Counselor of the County" Award through NJSCA
  • SCHOLARHIPS for High School and Middle School Scholarships through NJSCA


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NJSCA Magazine Online

NJSCA Winter Edition of the NJSCA Counselor News is now available:
Click here to access!
In this issue: Come Together: Small Group Counseling Preactices
President's Message: Time for Action, Tim Conway
     Reach Higher Call to Action
Three Keys for Small Group Success
     Regardless of the focus of a particular small group, knowing some universal truths and lessons-learned can help your group succeed.
Infusing Technology into Small Groups and Counseling Practice
     With her passion for helping children as a guide, this school counselor took a leap of faith into the technology pool and found amazing resources.
Personal and Powerful High School Groups
     One Virginia high school shares its successful formula for a small-group counseling program.
ASCA Resources for Small Group Counseling
     Books, webinars, and more to build your knowledge base.
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Somerset County Chapter of the New Jersey School Counseling Association

Dear Somerset County Counselors,

We are so pleased to inform you that the Somerset County Chapter of the New Jersey School Counseling Association (NJSCA) is being re-formed to provide you with up-to-date information on topics and issues of interest to school counselors in New Jersey.

The plan is to start off would start off with a just a few evening meetings per year, and depending upon interest in the group, potentially expand from there. The SCSCA would offer...
• Monthly meetings to network/collaborate with colleague
• Guest Speakers/Professional Development at the meetings on current, relevant topics
• Annual "Counselor of the County" Award through NJSCA
• Scholarships for High School and Middle School Scholarships through NJSCA

The annual NJSCA membership fee is $40. There would be no additional fee to join SCSCA. We would greatly appreciate it if you would complete the survey below, whether or not you are interested, to help us understand more about your professional development needs. Thank you in advance!



Jillian Shadis Olcay Yavuz
District Supervisor of School Counseling Director of Guidance
Bernards Township Public Schools Central Jersey College Prep Charter School
JShadis@bernardsboe.com Yavuz@cjcollegeprep.org

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White House/ED Conference Call Q&A on Near-Peer & FAFSA Completion Challenges

On Monday, December 15, from 12:45-2:00pm, White House and Department of Education staff will host a call-in Q&A for NACAC members to discuss and answer questions about the First Lady's two new initiatives: the Near-Peer Mentoring Challenge and the FAFSA Completion Challenge. If you would like to participate in the call, please RSVP here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J2XD7GB.
Here is an overview of the two challenges:
The first challenge is the FAFSA Completion Challenge, aimed at creating and fostering a FAFSA culture in high schools. Students and schools will use social media and videos to share how their community is coming together to boost or maintain high levels of FAFSA completion. The second challenge is the Near-Peer Mentoring Challenge, designed to encourage admission, student affairs and other relevant divisions to develop opportunities for underrepresented students to spend time on college campuses with their near-peers: students from similar backgrounds who are only a few years ahead. Colleges should submit short videos documenting their programs.Full details are available at the following websites:
FAFSA Completion Challenge: http://www.whitehouse.gov/reach-higher/fafsa-commencement
Near-Peer Mentoring Challenge: http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/submission-form-take-near-peer-mentoring-challenge
Reach Higher websitehttp://www.whitehouse.gov/reach-higher

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A White House Convening

Higher education leaders met at the White House to build on the momentum generated at January’s College Opportunity Summit and focus on addressing a key barrier to postsecondary completion.This Developmental Education meeting is part of the White House College Opportunity Initiative, a call to action by the President and First Lady to accelerate college completion through a set of targeted commitments by colleges and universities, non-profit groups, states and cities, philanthropy and other allies.
Our very own Tim Conway and Jim Lukachalong with Dr. Kara Leva were there!
See  the stream now!

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RAMP Support Group

Calling all NJ School Counselors interested in attaining national recognition as a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) for their school counseling programs. NJ currently has only one school with the national RAMP designation, and I am hoping to change that. Any NJ school counselors interested in getting RAMP'd up, I am starting an online monthly chat starting on Monday, December 1st at 4:00 p.m. The Google Hangout will run for approximately one hour, and will focus on a particular topic(s) focused towards helping you achieve RAMP status. If you are interested in this monthly chat, please email me at tconway1004@gmail.com. Looking forward to collaborating with all those interested in raising their program to a new level!
Tim Conway
President, 2014 - 2015

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