Fall Professional Development Conference
Ocean Place Resort & Spa
October 11 & 12, 2015
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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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Catch up on sessions you missed
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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 SUMMER COLLEGE BUS TOUR

NJSCA SUMMER COLLEGE BUS TOUR 2015
New York, New York!

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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 

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Call for Programs: NJSCA 2015 Fall Professional Development Conference

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

Link to "Call for Programs" submission form 

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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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College and Career Readiness for All

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.

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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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