Registration for the 2015 Fall Professional Development Conference at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa is now open. Workshops will include programs on SGO's for School Counselors, NJSCA School Counselor Evaluation Model, Changes to the PSAT/SAT/ACT, Addressing Anxiety and Depression in Students and much more!
Link to Fall Conference information and registration.
The NJ Department of Education has granted NJSCA a waiver, permitting school districts to reimburse overnight lodging expenses for the Fall 2015 Professional Development Conference, providing the distance from the attendees home to the conference exceeds fifty miles.
School counselor evaluation, PARCC testing, student growth objectives, and many more changes require you to be aware and to advocate for yourself and your students. Make time now to speak with your administration about the NEED for you to attend the NJSCA Fall Conference on October 11 & 12, 2015. Register for the conference, fill out your district paperwork to attend and get it board approved before you leave for the summer.
Link to NJDOE Waiver letter. Please be sure to send a copy to your administration when requesting approval for your Fall Conference Professional Development.
The world of college admissions can be a confusing one, and often school counselors haven't received formal training in this arena. Earn the ASCA College Admissions Specialist designation to be best prepared to help your students on the path to postsecondary success. The College Admissions Specialist training is $99 for members. Learn more and register today:
NJSCA SUMMER COLLEGE BUS TOUR 2015
New York, New York!
Start spreading the news! The NJSCA Summer College Bus departs central NJ on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 for New York/Westchester. On the tour this summer will be visits to:
Wagner College, Staten Island
St. John's University, Staten Island
Pace University, NYC
Sara Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Pace University, Westchester County, Pleasantville, NY
Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
St. John's University, Jamaica Queens
Click here to access!
In this issue: The Active Advocate: Connecting with Stakeholders
President’s Message by Tim Conway
Ways to Improve Your School Counseling Program by Tim Conway, NJSCA President
Advocacy Strategies for School Counseling Leaders by Anita Young, Ph.D., And Marcy Kneale
Seven Solutions for Working with Parents by John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D., And Megan Lapalm
Strengthen Your Principal-School Counselor Partnership by Emily Goodman-Scott
Motivating African-American Male Students: 5 Best Practices by Patricia Taylor
The Magic Formula by Linda H. Brannan
Deadline Extended until April 15
for Middle School Awards and Human Rights Advocate Award
Link to applications: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxMSmF110yp-THlYOXlFUzZoRE0/view?usp=sharing
Tutorial to nominate someone for an award
The Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research has just completed an analysis of the major publications since 2000 that have implications for educational policy related to school counseling. This analysis can be downloaded at: http://www.umass.edu/schoolcounseling/research-monographs.php
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 website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/reach-higher