2018 NJSCA Fall Conference
2018 Spring Professional Development Conference
Kean University
April 13, 2018
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.
School Counselor Intern Guide
The School Counselor intern guide provides School Counselor interns, new School Counselors, counselor educator site supervisors, and school supervisors of School Counselors a resource document to help new staff become acclimated at a school site.

NJSCA 2018 Fall Conference - Call for Presenters!

Registration is open for NJSCA 2018Calling All Presenters!!!  Mark your calendars, start the process to get board approval to attend (if necessary) and register!  The Board and officers of the association are working hard to create an exciting conference, featuring Dan St. Romain!  Dan will be leading a Pre-Conference Session on Positive Behavioral Principles starting at 5pm on Thursday, October 11.

Here are a few things to keep in mind and consider as you make plans to attend in October:

  1. Mark your calendars for October 11-12 at the Pines Manor in Edison!
  2. Submit for board approval early to attend!  This way you can take advantage of the Early Bird Discount!
  3. The Purchase Orders will need to be made to the National Center for Youth Issues (W-9 can be found on conference website)
  4. Dan St. Romain is coming to provide a Pre-Conference Session, the Opening Keynote Session and a Breakout Session!!!  Dan will leave you with highly applicable takeaways as well as some great laughter!

Calling all Presenters!!! The New Jersey School Counselor Association is soliciting proposals for presentations promoting evidence-based programs in the domains of academic, career, and social/emotional development or highlighting the latest techniques and practices in school counseling. Please note that the deadline to submit for a proposal is May 15.  Please click here to find out more: Call for Presenters.  Presenters will be offered a greatly discounted rate to attend the conference. 

We are working with the National Center for Youth Issues (NCYI) with our upcoming conference – NJSCA 2018 School Counselors: Advocating for Student Success on October 11-12, 2018 at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ.  NCYI works with numerous state associations and will be helping us make NJSCA 2018 one to remember! We just wanted to make you all aware of this change, as you may be seeing correspondence from NCYI in the future.

Also, the Crowne Plaza located across the street from the Pines Manor has opened up a block of rooms for us at the special low rate of $99 per night!  If you would like to take advantage of this rate, please go to the conference website and click on the link to the Crowne Plaza in the “Accommodations” section.  (2018 NJSCA Conference)

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National School Counseling Week Feb 5 - 9

Happy National School Counseling Week!

"2018 National School Counseling WeekTM, "School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars," will be celebrated from Feb. 5-9, 2018, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career." - ASCA

Click here to learn how to participate and access great resources like these Sample Morning Announcements.

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Jill Marie Kuppel and the Estelle Manor School District Receive RAMP Recognition

NJSCA is very pleased to announce School Counselor Jill Marie Kuppel and the Estelle Manor School District has received the prestigious RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program) recognition from the American School Counselor Association. Estelle Manor SD is a K-8 district in Atlantic County. Jill had been a part-time counselor, but after compiling data and advocating for programs and students, Jill was moved to a full-time counselor in 2016-2017 school year. Jill also serves as the President of the Cape-Atlantic School Counselor Association. The Estelle Manor School District will be recognized at the ASCA Conference in Los Angeles in July.

Congratulations for a job well done!! New Jersey now has 2 RAMP School Districts, keep them coming!

NJSCA has encouraged 2018 to be the year of change, With that in mind we are pleased to be offering a RAMP It Up Workshop in cooperation with NJPSA.
The registration and info can be found in the flyer 

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Teen's Guide to Mental Health

Resources from Wake Forest University:

"When you hear someone refer to mental health, this generally involves a person’s emotional and psychological well-being. Your state of mental health determines how you feel, think, and act. As a teenager, you have a variety of stresses in your life that may impact how you feel, including school, sports, family, friends, peers, and planning for your future. If you feel like you’re struggling with any of these areas, counseling may help you learn techniques for managing stress. Reaching out for help from parents or other adults is the best course of action, especially if things seem overwhelming."

Click here for list of resources.

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New School Counselor / School Counselor Intern Guide

The School Counselor intern guide and School Counselor Guide provide School Counselor interns, new School Counselors, counselor educator site supervisors, and school supervisors of School Counselors a resource document to help new staff become acclimated at a school site. 

The Documents Checklists for Supervisors lists recommended resources for school counselor interns and new school counselors. 

Click here to view them.

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Counselor News: The Official Publication of the New Jersey School Counselor Association

Click here to read the October Issue of Counselor News.

In this issue: Beyond Your Building: Counselors in the Community

President’s Message by Dana Kurilew
Top 5 Ways to Engage with Your Community by Angela Cleveland and Diane Lee
Getting Creative with Community Partnerships by Jana McClelland, Jill Padgett and Elizabeth Ahrens
Military-Connected Youth in Your School and Community by Dominique James, Ed.D.
Bridging Students to the Community by Jacqueline Zeller, Ph.D.
In Your Community: Ethical Behavior Is Context-Dependent by Carolyn Stone, Ed.D.


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