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
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
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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
Professional Development for School Counselors and School Leaders
In this professional development program, Rutgers University Graduate School of Education and Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement (RIISA) will support school districts to implement the research supported Comprehensive College and Career Readiness Model that helps to improve all students’ academic achievement, career and job readiness, personal and social development.
Link to Program Flyer
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
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
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