Spring Professional Development Conference
Kean University
April 10, 2015
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1000 Morris Ave, Union, 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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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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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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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

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Somerset County School Counselor Association Meeting

We are so please to announce that to build a professional learning community among professional counselors the first meeting of the Somerset County School Counselor Association (SCSCA) has been set.
Date and Time: Thursday, March 26 at 4pm
Location: Raritan Valley Community College Atrium (It is located on the lower level of the College Center. 
Parking: You can park in either Lot 1 or 2. 
RSVP Contact: Please RSVP by March 23 to Jillian Shadis at jshadis@bernardsboe.com or Dr. Olcay Yavuz at yavuzolcay@gmail.com

Depending upon interest in the group The SCSCA would offer:

  • Monthly meetings to network/collaborate with colleague
  • Guest Speakers/Professional Development at the meetings on current, relevant topics
  • Annual "Counselor of the County" Award through NJSCA
  • SCHOLARHIPS for High School and Middle School Scholarships through NJSCA


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NJSCA Magazine Online

NJSCA Winter Edition of the NJSCA Counselor News is now available:
Click here to access!
In this issue: Come Together: Small Group Counseling Preactices
President's Message: Time for Action, Tim Conway
     Reach Higher Call to Action
Three Keys for Small Group Success
     Regardless of the focus of a particular small group, knowing some universal truths and lessons-learned can help your group succeed.
Infusing Technology into Small Groups and Counseling Practice
     With her passion for helping children as a guide, this school counselor took a leap of faith into the technology pool and found amazing resources.
Personal and Powerful High School Groups
     One Virginia high school shares its successful formula for a small-group counseling program.
ASCA Resources for Small Group Counseling
     Books, webinars, and more to build your knowledge base.
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Somerset County Chapter of the New Jersey School Counseling Association

Dear Somerset County Counselors,

We are so pleased to inform you that the Somerset County Chapter of the New Jersey School Counseling Association (NJSCA) is being re-formed to provide you with up-to-date information on topics and issues of interest to school counselors in New Jersey.

The plan is to start off would start off with a just a few evening meetings per year, and depending upon interest in the group, potentially expand from there. The SCSCA would offer...
• Monthly meetings to network/collaborate with colleague
• Guest Speakers/Professional Development at the meetings on current, relevant topics
• Annual "Counselor of the County" Award through NJSCA
• Scholarships for High School and Middle School Scholarships through NJSCA

The annual NJSCA membership fee is $40. There would be no additional fee to join SCSCA. We would greatly appreciate it if you would complete the survey below, whether or not you are interested, to help us understand more about your professional development needs. Thank you in advance!



Jillian Shadis Olcay Yavuz
District Supervisor of School Counseling Director of Guidance
Bernards Township Public Schools Central Jersey College Prep Charter School
JShadis@bernardsboe.com Yavuz@cjcollegeprep.org

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