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Kean University
April 10, 2015
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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!

https://docs.google.com/a/bernardsboe.com/forms/d/1DvSjq-YRiBAsWBkAjazFqFXFDGppK25DOiu-QNfdAbc/viewform

Sincerely,

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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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
NJSCA

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NJSCA Magazine Online

NJSCA Fall Edition of the NJSCA Counselor News is now available:
Click here to access!
In this issue: Back to School; Strategies for You and Your Students
Contents:
President’s Message by Timothy Conway
Top 5 Reasons to Build a Twitter PLN by Lauren Baker, Tennessee School Counselor Association Membership Chair
The Counselor’s External Office by Dr. Richard O’Connell
Put Down Time to Work for You bY KIMBERLY Madconald
Five Guidance P’s from a First-Year School Counselor by Tiffany Sherbert
The Power of One: School Counselors Get to the Heart of Education by Stephen Sroka
School Counselor Considerations for the Four-Day School Week by James Todd McGahey
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