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The Ohio School Counselor Association strives to keep its members up to date on the happenings of the association and the profession.  This section highlights news, announcements and programs that may be of interest to school counselors.  If you like what you are reading or have additional information to share, be sure to comment on the post for others to read.  Check back often to see what is new in the association.
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  • 10 Apr 2014 6:30 AM | Anonymous
    The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio (CDF-Ohio) Beat the Odds Scholarship Program honors, celebrates, and rewards outstanding high school juniors who have overcome tremendous adversity to achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership in their community, and aspire to continue their education. CDF-Ohio needs your help to locate a deserving high school student! Applications are due by Friday, May 30, 2014.    http://www.cdfohio.org/assets/pdf-files/2014_2015-beat-the-odds.pdf
  • 26 Mar 2014 3:28 PM | Anonymous
    OSCA Member, Diana Arie, school counselor at Fredericktown Elementary School in Columbus, OH, recently published a feature article in the March/April 2014 ASCA School Counselor Magazine. The article, entitled "School Counseling Pinspiration: Discovering How to Grow Your School Counseling Program with Pinterest" highlights all the ways school counselors can use Pinterest to find and share ideas and resources. Congratulations to Diana for representing Ohio school counselors!
  • 24 Mar 2014 3:09 PM | Anonymous
    Several members of the Ohio School Counselor Association from the Cincinnati area were recently highlighted in an article posted on the USA Today website entitled, "As Need for School Counselors Grows, Numbers Decrease". The article discusses the growing need for school counselor services in an educational environment where school counselors are declining and dealing with ever growing caseloads. Click here to read the article. OSCA congratulates those school counselors featured for their advocacy to the profession.
  • 14 Mar 2014 9:12 AM | Anonymous
    OSCA is now accepting applications for the grant proposals for the 2014-2015 school year. The deadline to submit applications for consideration for the 2014-2015 school year is April 30, 2014. Click here to access the online application for grant. OSCA Grants provide financial resources for school counselors who desire to implement counseling projects that support student success. Proposals that articulate their goals through data, plan a mindful intervention to address a specific concern and have a clear method of measuring the impact upon children will be considered for the yearly awards. Grants are available for up to $1000. You must be a professional member of OSCA and log into your member account on the website in order to apply for a grant. Please note that the grant program is no longer open to student members working in internship sites anymore.
  • 14 Mar 2014 9:00 AM | Anonymous
    OSCA announces that nominations for the 2014 awards are now being accepted online. Click here to access the online nomination form. OSCA awards provide an opportunity for professional school counselors to recognize and show appreciation for the accomplishments of professionals who have impacted the profession. We urge all members to submit a nomination on behalf of someone deserving. Please note that you do not need to be a member of OSCA to submit a nomination, bust some rewards require that the nominee be a member. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2014 and those selected will be recognized at the 2014 All Ohio Counselors Conference in November. The available awards are listed below.
    • School Counselor of the Year Award: To recognize an OSCA school counselor for outstanding service to students, staff and families. (OSCA membership required)
    • Lifetime Membership Award: To honor an OSCA member who has contributed to the School Counselor Profession with excellence 15 years or more. (OSCA membership required)
    • Counselor Educator of the Year Award: To honor a counselor educator who has made a significant contribution to guidance. (Does not need to be an OSCA member)
    • Administrator Appreciation Award: To recognize an administrator, school or district that has contributed to the growth and understanding of counseling. (Does not need to be an OSCA member)
    • Legislature of the Year Award: To recognize a local or state political office holder who has promoted and/or supported Ohio school counseling. (Does not need to be an OSCA member)
    • Innovative Program Award: To honor an OSCA school counselor or district that has instituted an innovative program in guidance. (OSCA membership required)
    • School/Community Relations Program Award: To commend excellent school/community relations developed by an OSCA school counselor. (OSCA membership required)
  • 12 Mar 2014 9:30 PM | Anonymous
    A joint House/Senate conference committee on the calamity days bill, HB416 (Burkley-Hill), Tuesday unanimously approved a report which grants an additional four days once the four contingency days are made up on top of the five "free" days already in law. The four additional days also do not need to be made up. This effectively helps schools that have taken 10 or more calamity days this winter. The final version, however, includes no requirement for teachers to participate in "in service training programs" during any of the additional days off. Among the other changes included in the conference report are the following:
    • Permits schools to make up the missed days in half-hour increments. Conference Committee member Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) explained that this was added so that districts that had already added time to their school days before this bill passed could count that toward "compliance with the minimum school year requirement ...."
    • Waives compliance with the minimum school year requirement for schools operated by a county board of developmental disabilities.
    • Includes the Senate passed provision allowing school districts to update their calamity day contingency plans for the current school year at any time and "to include in their plans online lessons or paper lesson 'blizzard bags' as a means to make up time the school was closed ...."
    • Includes the Senate-passed provision excusing graduating seniors from having to return after graduation to make up days.
  • 12 Mar 2014 9:27 PM | Anonymous
    The Department of Education recently announced the FY 2014 Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program grant competition. Grantees under this competition will use funds to support counseling programs in target elementary, K-12, or secondary schools. Schools will establish or expand school counseling programs through hiring qualified school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, with a goal of expanding the range, availability, quantity and quality of school counseling services. School counseling services will use a developmental and preventative approach. This is a 3-year grant program and each annual award ranges from $250,000 - $400,000. The deadline for applications is 04/28/2014. For further priorities and details please view the announcement in the Federal Register.
  • 10 Mar 2014 2:43 PM | Anonymous
    In a recent email to superintendents, Superintendent Dr. Richard Ross announced that the Ohio Department of Education will not require that the PSAT be given in October 2014 to all sophomores as originally announced earlier in the year.

    Currently House Bill 193 is pending in the Ohio legislature. This legislation may affect Ohio graduation and testing requirements. As a result, the department has chosen to postpone the PSAT to avoid any potential graduation or testing conflicts. When there is a clear picture of what graduation and testing requirements will be, ODE will share that with schools.
  • 08 Mar 2014 1:31 PM | Anonymous
    Sara Williams, OSCA President, was recently interviewed by the Columbus Dispatch for an article entitled, "Many Bail on No. 1 College Due to Expense". The article ran on March 7, 2014 and was focused on a recent study that found many students who are excepted by their top choice college do not follow through because of cost. Click here to read the article.
  • 20 Jan 2014 9:16 AM | Anonymous
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