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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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  • 03 Sep 2015 1:14 PM | Anonymous

    The Ohio ACT State Organization invites you to submit proposals for the 2016 Ohio ACT State Organization Conference, which will be held in Columbus on Tuesday, January 26, and Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency. To formulate an action-oriented conference, the Ohio ACT State Organization invites Ohio educators and workforce professionals to submit breakout session proposals for consideration.


    Successful proposals will share practices and/or policies that help prepare students for college and career success. All proposals will be reviewed by the conference planning committee and must be submitted no later than Friday, September 25, 2015.

    Criteria for Review of Proposals

    • Relevance of breakout session to the theme of the conference and to educators and workforce professionals throughout Ohio
    • Diversity in session delivery, with an opportunity for participants to engage with session facilitator or other participants
    • Interest that the session could generate in a general conference environment with a diverse audience
    • Evidence of the impact of the highlighted best practice
    • Feasibility of the session fitting into a 45-minute format

    Click here to submit a proposal.

  • 15 Jul 2015 2:19 PM | Anonymous

    Now more than ever students need to see the connection to what they are learning and their future. School Counselors are well positioned to lead colleagues and students in this effort. Attend this one-day professional learning opportunity to develop your strategies and tap in to resources available in Ohio. From in-demand jobs to career awareness – all students need support with planning their future success.  *This event is part of the 2015 Region 6 Waiver Day being held on October 23rdYou do not need to be a Region 6 district to attend.  The event is open to any school counselor or administrator in Ohio. 

    Updates and information about the following topics or resources will be shared at this regional meeting:

    • Ohio Career Advising Policy & Success Plans
    • Status Update on the New School Counselor Standards and Evaluation Process
    • Career Connections & Ohio Means Jobs K-12
    • Update on State-Level Initiatives: College Credit Plus; Credit Flexibility; Graduation Pathways
    • Practical & Free Resources for At-Risk Families:  The Ohio Benefits Bank
    • Roundtable Discussion & Regional Q & A
    How Do I Register? Use STARS - https://safe.ode.state.oh.us/portal/
  • 30 Dec 2014 11:35 AM | Anonymous
    Ohio Caterpillar would like to announce a series of annual Open Houses coming up for their Heavy Equipment Technician Internship Program, titled “Think BIG”. These internships are a wonderful opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing further education towards a career in Heavy Equipment / Diesel Technology, with up to 100% tuition reimbursement possible for the Associate’s Degree Program. Click here to download a formal invitation with details on our Open Houses. Click here to download a program flier with more details about the Think BIG program.


  • 28 Oct 2014 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    The Joyce Ivy Foundation is seeking participants in a statewide survey of Ohio high school counselors. It should take about 5-10 minutes of your time.

    The Joyce Ivy Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity that seeks to encourage, support and motivate young women to realize their educational dreams. We know that high school counselors play a critical role in helping students apply to college.

    Greater awareness about the challenges you face in carrying out your professional activities will help to shape the attitudes of education and government officials, as well as other non-profit organizations and supporters. The Joyce Ivy Foundation's 2015 report will help build awareness and build on the findings of our 2009 report.

    Your confidential responses and opinions will contribute to sharpening the debate involving resource allocation devoted to high school counseling.

    Click on the following survey link to take this survey: Click Here
    Or copy and paste the following link in your browser to take the survey:

  • 13 Sep 2014 8:56 AM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Board of Regents is inviting all high schools in Ohio to participate in the Ohio College Application Month this November! The goal of Ohio College Application Month is to help all graduating seniors navigate through the college admissions process and ensures that each student submits at least one admissions application.

    Holding a College Application Month allows schools, organizations, and parents to support Ohio’s high school seniors in successfully applying to college. Together we can ensure that all students have the opportunity to receive hands–on assistance as they take the first big step towards continuing their education following high school. Ohio College Application Month is a part of the American College Application Campaign, a multi-state initiative designed to help all seniors to apply to college.

    Who participates and how it works?

    • Schools participating in College Application Month host events at their sites.
    • Host sites are required to set aside time and space for graduating seniors to complete at least one application for postsecondary admission while receiving the encouragement and assistance of school, college, and community volunteers.
    • By registering, your school or organization will receive all the materials needed to ensure a successful College Application Month program.

    Click here to register for the 2014 Ohio College Application Month!

  • 08 Jul 2014 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    The Board of Regents on Monday approved its annual condition report that recommends ways to connect K-12 to higher education to careers. The board voted unanimously to finalize the report barring a handful of edits and additions members sought. Because the final report requires additional work, it is not yet ready for release.

    Assistant Deputy Chancellor of External Relations Charles See said the "Pre-K to Jobs: Higher Education's Role in Developing Students for Careers" report from the board contains information on how institutions advise students to "bridge" education and career, such as through student advising and use of co-ops and internships.

    It also discusses how institutions develop and maintain infrastructure and processes support in curriculum revisions, related to the economy and careers. And the report delves into education preparation programs to help teachers in the K-12 setting prepare students for higher education and the workforce, he said. "I think the Board of Regents did a good job in analyzing issues regarding workforce and higher education - it's such a huge topic," BOR Chancellor John Carey said in an interview. "The challenge is to present it in a concise way and cover everything that needs to be covered, and I think they did a good job of doing that. There's just a lot of challenges for state government to participate as well as higher education and even for the business community to communicate more with our education institutions."

    Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering), an ex-officio member, said during the discussion she was concerned about the lack of information on K-12 efforts given the state has put an emphasis on connecting the two systems. "It's certainly a very important topic...to the legislature, the governor and obviously the Regents," she said. "My only concern is that we make sure it's an aligned process."

    Under the PreK-12 teacher preparation category, the report recommends collaboration between prep programs and K-12 schools to align the needs of learners with the requirements on schools in Ohio, BOR Associate Vice Chancellor of P-16 Initiatives Rebecca Watts said. It also recommends the chancellor enhance program standards for the various licensure preparation programs to include delivery of content, access to information resources, instruction in careers, education-to-career pathways and business and industry engagement strategies.

    Working with the superintendent of public instruction, the report calls for the chancellor to collaborate to hold a career counselor conference for teachers, faculty, staff and leaders. "In our schools we know that we have counselors. How they are deployed is often as a testing coordinator...and so one of the things that's important in a leadership preparation - so the principal and the superintendent programs - is to talk about how do you deploy the resources that are available to you and we're not just always talking about money," Ms. Watts said. "If in fact you have a counselor in your building but you're actually not using them to the highest, best use for which they were trained, instead you're having them count test packets or you're having them coordinate scheduling, or you're having them do some other things that really are not the most effective use of their time, so we think that's an important thing in the preparation of principals and superintendents is that they have the skills and knowledge they need to most effectively use that expertise that's in their buildings."

    The document additionally recommends the chancellor and superintendent of public instruction continually review education standards, school operating standards - both of which are under the purview of the State Board of Education - and educator preparation program standards - which fall under the chancellor's authority - among other things. "To make sure that we are aligning those requirements so that what's required for schools and teachers in the field are also embedded in our preparation program standards and the reverse so that we make sure as we're bringing new requirements and new standards...into what's out there for the existing practitioners," Ms. Watts said.

    Regent Patricia Ackerman said she was disappointed the report does not touch on the history of career education in K-12. "We once had a network of career educators who were employed by school districts for the express purpose of doing many of the things this report talks about being done at that level," she said via videoconference. Ms. Watts said that topic reached beyond the state of education preparation and goes more into the K-12 side, which is why it is not contained in the report. Regent Elizabeth Kessler, who led the subcommittee that created the report, and Mr. See agreed the history element could be added to the report as one of the final edits before publishing the document.

    Other areas where tweaks will be made to the report include a suggestion from Regent Timothy Burke, who called for clarity on what recommendations apply to public institutions and which apply to privates as well, such as the teacher preparation suggestions. Ms. Kessler agreed to the addition of some clarifying language. At the recommendation of Chairman Vinny Gupta, the report will include some conclusion sentences on next steps or implementation strategy. It will also recommend that although students can be taught to use social media to find jobs, they should also be informed what not to do through those outlets that could harm their chances of employment. Other Recommendations: Assistant Deputy Chancellor of Economic Advancement John Magill touched on recommendations in the Co-Op/Internship section. He said the report suggests diversifying the student populations participating in internships because minorities and women are underrepresented, which could be because of the disciplines in which internships are often offered. Engineering is a popular subject where internships are offered, but institutions should expand the majors and degrees that have internships programming, Mr. Magill said.

    Cheryl Hay, deputy chancellor for Higher Education Workforce Alignment, said the Skills Gap section has three recommendations. They are: envisioning strategies to build ongoing, systematic mechanisms to "infuse" curriculum with industry-identified skills and knowledge needs; exploring the National Network of Sector Partners' work to inform efforts to create a workforce delivery plan for institutions; discussing expansion of institutional support and leadership roles to back state economic development and workforce joint goals.

    The report also delves into recommendations for position career services as a "strategic advantage." Among the nine proposals is to explore the possibility of an academic requirement for student engagement with career services, studying the feasibility of adding a performance metric to the performance funding formula for student engagement, expand the collection of and reporting of employment data.

    - See more at: http://www.gongwer-oh.com/programming/news.cfm?article_id=831200202#sthash.FGP17eEV.HcI5tmmM.dpuf

  • 22 Jun 2014 12:19 PM | Anonymous
    House Bill 487 is the education portion on the Governor’s Mid-Biennial Review proposal.  The House and Senate passed different version of the legislation, so the legislation was sent to a conference committee to work out the differences.  The following legislators served as members of the conference committee:  Senators Peggy Lehner (R – Kettering), Randy Gardner (R – Bowling Green), and Tom Sawyer (D – Akron) along with Representatives Gerald Stebelton (R – Lancaster), Andy Brenner (R – Powell) and Teresa Fedor (D – Toledo).  The conference committee met once on the evening on June 3, 2014 to accept a compromise version. The next day, the full House accepted the conference report by a vote of 62-30 and the Senate accepted the report 23-9.  Those objecting to the bill called is a “mixed bag” with some good and some bad. A few of the changes are highlighted below and a summary of changes from the Ohio Department of Education is attached.  During the House Education Committee’s consideration of the bill, OSCA was able to get an amendment added to require that at least one member of the newly created college credit plus advisory committee be a school counselor.  The legislation also requires State Boards of Education to develop a model policy on “career advising” and each district will be required to adopt a policy of career advising. 
    • The State Board of Education had recommended 10 end of course exams. HB 487 instead requires 7.  All students would have to pass tests in algebra, geometry and two levels of English.  Students could also either pass tests in science, American history and American government, or pass substitute exams such as Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate.
    • Alternately, students could meet the "remediation-free" benchmark on a college admissions test like the ACT or SAT, or earn a recognized industry credential and score well on a job skills assessment.  With the use of the college admissions exams as a possible way to qualify for graduation, the final version of HB487 also calls for the state to pay for all 11th grade students to take the tests.
    • HB 487 will also allow high schools and universities to negotiate per-credit hour prices for the College Credit Plus Program below the $40 minimum recommended by the Board of Regents, but only if the chancellor approves such deals. The amendments also set limits on how much private universities can charge students.
    • Conference Committee changes also give the chancellor rule-making authority over the College Credit Plus program, rather than the State Board of Education.
    • HB 487 also contains a “safe harbor” provision that will delay for one year certain consequences from teacher evaluations and school report cards, based on the new assessments being administered in 20142015.  This includes the assigning of overall letter grades for schools and districts.
  • 15 May 2014 5:32 PM | Anonymous
    A new milestone in education was touted last week: 80 percent of students nationwide graduate high school. But that still means 1 in every 5 students does not get a high school diploma. WVIZ PBS brings you the story of Tyree Stewart, a drop out who is now working on a college degree. And we'll learn what safety nets are in place for students who may be at risk of dropping out or getting expelled. Featuring Akron Public Schools School Counselor, Judy Maver.
  • 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.
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