Fall Professional Development Conference
Ocean Place Resort & Spa
October 11 & 12, 2015
Save the Date!
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One Ocean Boulevard, Long Branch, 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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WAIVER FOR OVERNIGHT FALL CONFERENCE EXPENSES APPROVED

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.

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ASCA Conference

 

 Jim Lukach, NJSCA Executive Director and Dana Karas, NJSCA President-Elect having lunch with Judy Bowers, author of the original school counseling model, and Dr. Norman Gysbers, the father of modern school counseling.

 Jim Lukach, NJSCA Executive Director and Dana Karas, NJSCA President-Elect having lunch with
Dr. Judy Bowers, author of the original school counseling model, and Dr. Norman Gysbers, the father of modern school counseling.

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ASCA's College Admissions Specialist training program

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:
http://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/professional-development/asca-u-specialist-trainings/college-admissions-specialist

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NJSCA Magazine Online

NJSCA Spring Edition of the NJSCA Counselor News is now available:
Click here to access!
In this issue: The Active Advocate: Connecting with Stakeholders 
Contents:
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
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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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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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