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A new report from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) raises concern about the "career readiness" of young adults in America and recommends that schools, school districts and states do a better job in providing career guidance and information in assisting students in the transition to technical studies on their way to the workforce. "Lost in Transition: Building a Better Path from School to College and Careers" promotes a better balance in services afforded college-bound and career-bound students and points to the role of community colleges in responding to the needs of students not being adequately addressed by the existing programs.
Research conducted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network has found harassment and bullying as a result of family structure to be a significant concern for children in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families. The report, "Gay…Families and Education," also suggests that LGBT parents exhibit a greater involvement in their children's education.
Several national news organizations have reported enhanced interest among upcoming June grads in work opportunities with companies that have an "environmentally friendly" reputation. The Environmental Protection Agency has rated 53 of the Fortune 500 corporations as having surpassed the agency's green power goals.
In February, the Elementary School Journal reported on a study of class size by Spyros Konstantopoulos, a Northwestern University researcher, that brings into question the effects of smaller class sizes on student achievement. Findings from his Project STAR (Student/Teacher Achievement Ratio) research consistently show that higher-achieving students benefited more from being in small classes in the K-3 grades. However, while all students gained from being in small classes, reductions in class size did not reduce the achievement gap between low and high achievers.
Looking for a quick project that can be used during ACA Counseling Awareness Month this April to promote your counseling efforts? Look no farther than the bulletin boards that are positioned in your school, agency, organization or institution. The theme can be as simple as "Meet the [Insert Name] Counseling Team." Add a few photographs of the counseling staff and a few sheets of construction paper and that messy, disorganized bulletin board in the hall near the counseling center can be turned almost instantly into a attractive, informative billboard for the counseling services and the magnet you need to call attention to Counseling Awareness Month.
Corporate Voices for Working Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created to develop and advance innovative and sustainable policies that are supportable by the private sector, government and other stakeholders. Specifically, the organization has identified five pillars of involvement: afterschool care and early childhood education, youth transition, mature workforce, flexibility and lower wage work. The organization web site provides additional insights into each of these focus areas.
ACA's record of producing first-class professional literature and outstanding textbooks for counselor training has taken another step forward with the recent publication of the best seller on solution-focused counseling.
Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools, Second Edition
This book offers a refreshingly positive and practical approach to resolving a diverse range of problems from preschool through high school. Drawing on the most recent research and on his extensive experience as a school practitioner and trainer, Murphy presents a step-by-step guide to solution-focused counseling in today's schools. This strength-based approach is illustrated through real-world examples and dialogues from actual counseling sessions. User-friendly forms, questionnaires, and handouts are provided for immediate application with students, teachers, and parents.
The call for programs for the ACA 2009 Conference & Exposition in Charlotte, NC will open on April 9, 2008. Information and forms for an "all new" program submission process will be available at www.counseling.org/conference on and after that date. ACA is actively soliciting proposals for advanced programs that provide in-depth knowledge or skills beyond the introductory or basic level. Deadline: June 2, 2008.
Mark your calendars for the 2009 ACA Conference & Exposition scheduled for March 19-23 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The earliest of the "early birds" can register for just $199 by March 31, 2008. To register, call 1-800-347-6647, x222, or download the registration form and fax or mail it in. Online registration is not available for the Early Bird rate.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that on an average day in 2006, US youth used the following substances for the first time:
Counselors may wish to access a practical guide to prevention strategies in each of these areas created by SAMHSA, including a comprehensive list of print and electronic resources, that is posted on the agency web site.
March 31-April 1, 2008 (Pre-conference on March 30)
April 3-5, 2008
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April 27-29, 2008
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