Counselor News

Counselor News is the official publication of the New Jersey School Counselor Association. Read the latest news and find current information on topics related to school counseling in New Jersey and nationwide.

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Nicholas Meyer
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Why Belong to NJSCA?

School reform, workplace demands, the changing economy, and work force demographics dictate new expectations for school counselors. School counselors are expected to take the lead in assisting our nation's young people to become healthy, happy, productive citizens. NJSCA provides support, training, networking and a watch on legislative issues, all important in meeting the needs of school counselors in New Jersey. NJSCA was instrumental in having the New Jersey School Counseling Initiative funded and the National Standards for School Counseling Programs written into the New Jersey Department of Education Administrative Code; ensuring that all districts shall provide a comprehensive developmental school counseling program in Kindergarten through Grade 12.

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Angela Cleveland
After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools, Second Edition

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools assists schools in implementing a coordinated response to the suicide death of a student. Originally developed in 2011, the second edition includes new information and tools that middle and high schools can use to help the school community cope and reduce suicide risk. The toolkit was developed in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and in consultation with national experts, including school-based administrators and staff, clinicians, researchers, and crisis response professionals. It is designed primarily for administrators and staff but can also be useful for parents and communities. 

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Angela Cleveland
ASCA RAMP Recognition for Six NJ Schools

This year, 140 schools will receive the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation during a special ceremony at the American School Counselor Association’s Annual Conference.

Six of those schools are from the Garden State! 

Arthur Stanlick Elementary School, Wharton
Cozy Lake School, Oak Ridge
Ellen T. Briggs Elementary School, Lake Hopatcong
Estell Manor School, Estell Manor
Jefferson Township High School, Oak Ridge
White Rock Elementary School, Oak Ridge

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Angela Cleveland
NJSCA SUMMER COLLEGE BUS TOUR - July 9 - 11, 2018

The Finger Lakes Region of NY is known for its relaxing summers and wineries.  But this area also has much to offer in the way of colleges and universities.

On July 9th, the NJSCA Summer College Tour Motor Coach departed Clark, NJ for the Finger Lakes Region of New York.  For three days they toured:

Ithaca College, Wells College, Hobart, William and Smith College, Elmira College, and The University of Scranton.

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Angela Cleveland
United States Senate Youth Program

The New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to announce its participation in the 57th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) sponsored by the United States Senate and the Hearst Foundations. Principals of public or nonpublic schools in New Jersey may nominate one outstanding junior or senior to be considered for this highly competitive, merit-based program.

Read the memo from the NJ DOE to Schools.

2018-2019 New Jersey Application Form

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Angela Cleveland