The Out-of-Home Youth Committee of the NJ State Bar Association's LGBT Rights Section in partnership with Garden State Equality has developed a free half-day training for professionals who work on the front-lines of the children's welfare to better identify the needs of LGBTQ youth and provide services that best fit them. It is called “Becoming Visible: Finding a Way.” Link to program at https://equalityfederation.salsalabs.com/o/35022/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=3130
The NJ Department of Education has granted NJSCA a waiver, permitting school districts to reimburse overnight lodging expenses for the Fall 2014 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 12th & 13th, 2014. 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 Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair is a non-profit, volunteer organization that partners with community and state agencies to introduce a multitude of students, eager to learn about higher education opportunities, to college admissions representatives from the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Link to PDF Flyer
Link to website for more information
NJSCA Spring Edition of Counselor News is now available:
Click here to access!
In this issue: Ethics in Action: Get Answers for Today's Issues
President’s Message by Jennifer Grimaldi
Ethics Questions Asked and Answered by Carolyn Stone, ED.D.; Mary a. Hermann, J.D., PH.D.; and Rhonda Williams,
ED.D.The STEPS Model for School Settings by Carolyn Stone, ED.D.
Raising Red Flags in Data Collection by Rhonda Williams, ED.D., LPC, NCC
Reinforce Your Ethics KnowledgeCongratulations to Timothy Conway
Bonus section: College Prep for Counselors
Personality-Major Match and College Success by Lawrence K. Jones, PH.D., NCC, and Juliet Wehr Jones, GCDF, J.D.College
Admissions in a Nutshell by Don Fraser Jr.
The Legal and Ethical Complications in Letters of Recommendation by Carolyn Stone, ED.D.Counselor Education from the College Board
The District Evaluation Advisory Committee, or DEAC, required in all districts by the TEACHNJ Act through at least SY16-17, has great potential for supporting districts in effectively implementing the AchieveNJ evaluation system. Districts should consider expandingtheir DEAC to include other educators whose engagement in the initiative is important to its success, e.g. teacher leaders, association representatives, other teaching staff members such as school counselors, etc Link to The District Evaluation Advisory Committee (DEAC): Keeping Educators at the Center of AchieveNJ
NJSCA SCENE is a professional networking community, much as Facebook is a social networking community. With SCENE, we can have open discussions with other school counselors, receiving feedback and offering advice. SCENE allows members to open a new discussion thread or to simply pose a question. School counselors can also post favorite websites in "Shared Links" and upload PowerPoint presentations and Word documents that other counselors will find useful to the online "File Cabinet." Join NJSCA SCENE today.
NJSCA is ready to assist schools interested in implementing the School Counselor Evaluation Model.
If you have not seen the model,please click here to download a free copy. If interested in becoming a School Counselor Evaluation Model pilot school, the application is posted here. This is a no-hassle, no cost opportunity to pilot the model in your school district with technical support from NJSCA and the writing team.