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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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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College Board Free Webinars

More than 3,000 counselors participated in the College Board's counselor webinar series this past fall. Based on great feedback and suggestions from the counseling community, we've selected topics for the winter and spring webinars, and registration is now available. We hope you'll join us for one or more of our 17 webinars focusing on key counseling areas: the redesigned SAT® Suite of Assessments, financial aid and literacy, college planning and readiness, and many more. At our free webinars, you'll learn firsthand why 95 percent of the counselors who attended our webinars and workshops in 2014 indicated that the techniques and content presented at these sessions will enhance the way they do their jobs.
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Please share this with your students. There will be free professional assistance to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA must be completed for all types of education beyond high school. FAFSA Days Flyer

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Universal Technical Institute Counselor/STEM Workshop Invitation January 14, 2015

On Wednesday January 14th  Universal Technical Institute in cooperation with Foley Caterpillar will be hosting a Career Workshop. The workshop will be held at Foley Caterpillar from 10am to 2:30pm, 855 Centennial Ave, Piscataway, NJ.We will discuss the importance of STEM education and UTI’s involvement in this important initiative.  We will also discuss the many STEM opportunities in the Transportation and Construction Industry and the qualifications needed to be successful. Jerry Ellner, a member of the STEMed Coalition Board in Washington, DC  and Jeff Eakins, a member of the Career and Technical Education Committee, will be on hand to conduct a one hour workshop on the Professional School Counselors Role in STEM Career education. Participants will receive a certificate for four Professional Development Hours.  If you would like to learn more about Universal Technical Institute and our many industry partners please visit our web-site at www.uti.edu.  I am also available for individual HS visits to meet with any interested school counselor.  There are limited seats and we would like to get this finalized ASAP.  Thank you and I look forward to working with you all. Email jdavies@uti.edu to register.

John Davies
Admissions Representative
Universal Technical Institute
973 349-6965 (W)

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Rowan Choice Program

Rowan University is committed to making higher education possible for students in New Jersey.  The Rowan Choice program was developed through the partnership between Rowan University and Rowan College at Gloucester County, with the intent to offer a quality higher educational experience at an affordable cost.

The Rowan Choice program provides students the option of gaining a four-year residential college experience at the cost of a two-year school.  Incoming freshman students taking advantage of the Rowan Choice program will reside on Rowan University’s campus, have access to Rowan University facilities and student-life activities, and earn college credit from the Rowan College at Gloucester County.

Why Rowan Choice?

  • Affordable Cost. Rowan Choice students will save $10,000 during their first year of college.
  • Quality Education. Rowan Choice students will earn college credits from Rowan College at Gloucester County with the opportunity to enroll as Rowan University students as sophomores.
  • Four-Year Experience. Rowan Choice students will have every opportunity to gain the four-year college experience. Students in the program will live on Rowan University’s Glassboro campus and have access to man Rowan University student-life activities and facilities. 

Go to Rowan Choice for more information

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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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Free Webinar-Naviance: Engaging Students Early to Impact College Aspirations

Consider registering for this complimentary Hobsons webinar, "Naviance: Engaging Students Early to Impact College Aspirations.” This webinar will include best practices on to how to engage your students early, as well as tools within Naviance to support your readiness programs and initiatives. In addition, our team will go over why having a cohesive district-wide readiness program will maximize success for every student.  
Webinar Details 
Title: Naviance: Engaging Middle School Students to Impact College Aspirations 
Date: December 10th, 2014
Time: 1pm ET
Duration: 1 hour
The event is free of charge. To RSVP, please register here: Naviance. I will be recording this session so even if you are unable to attend please register as I can send you the Webex recording of the session. If you are unable to attend, but would like more information, do not hesitate to contact me at (703) 859-7338 or autumn.lengle@hobsons.com.
Autumn Lengle 
Senior Account Manager

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