12th Annual School Counselor Conference
Kean University
Friday, April 8, 2016
Save the Date!
1000 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083
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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Middle School, High School and Human Rights Awards

Middle School and High School Award Applications and Human Rights Advocate Award Now Available
Human Rights Advocate Award: 
Candidate should be a school counselor who leads by example and actively engages in activities that promote human rights for all.
Middle School Awards:
Middle School Students (grades 6, 7 or 8) may submit an essay on the following topic: “My hopes and dreams for the future and how my school counselor will help me achieve them.” 
High School Awards:
The candidate must be a New Jersey resident, a 2016 graduate of a New Jersey high school and have been accepted/plan to enroll in a post-secondary institution.  Must show proof of acceptance if selected for the award.  The candidate must write a 300-500 word essay describing how a school counselor has influenced his/her life in a positive way

Link to award information 

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NJSCA Magazine Online

The Winter Edition of the NJSCA Counselor News is now available:
Click here to access!
In this issue: 
Violence In Students’ Lives: School Counselors’ Protective Role
President-Elect’s Message: Defining Ourselves by Dana Karas
Dating Violence at School by Dana Karas and Jacqueline Swan
When Domestic Violence, Children and Schools Collide by Kenneth W. Elliott, Cheryl L. Lidia and Judith K. Elliott
Teens and Dating Violence by Diane M. Stutey and Stacey Diaz
K-12 Students with Incarcerated Parents by Jenn Carson
Breaking the Silence around Sibling Abuse by Diane M. Stutey
Student Threat Assessment by Cheri Lovre
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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:

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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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