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Friday, November 17, 2017

Redfin Scholarship! Share with your students!

Redfin is offering a $2,500 scholarship to high school students across the country, and we want our students to apply! Click here for more details.

This $2,500 scholarship is a way for Redfin to help one student on his or her journey through higher education. We’ve received applications from across the country including San DiegoLas VegasChicago and Miami. Whether you reside on the west coast in Portland and Palm Springs, represent Texas in Austin and Houston or are a proud east coaster in Charlotte and NYC, or call somewhere else in the U.S. home, we want to hear from you!

Help for students in hurricane-impacted areas!

SKILLS Global is providing a free cloud-based product to help students in schools in hurricane-impacted areas during the 2017-18 school year.

Educators such as school counselors or psychologists who want to get the software from SKILLS Global to build Behavior Intervention Plans may apply for it at DigitalWish

School Counselor Advocacy!!!

FSCA has created a power point that will help guide you through discussions about why school counselors are important to the overall well being of our students. This is powerful information to share with your administration, district personnel and other stakeholders.

Click here to download the Powerpoint or visit the FSCA Advocacy Tips page.

School Counselor Mental Health Training

A recent survey of school counselors in Hillsborough County, FL revealed school counselors were interested in receiving more training to incorporate more mental health services in their school counseling programs.  For more information about the survey and mental health trainings, please contact Dr. Joel Laatsh at j.laatsch@hdsc.k12.fl.us

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thank You from FSCA!!!

FSCA would like to thank all the presenters, attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, and the volunteers that helped make the 2017 FSCA Convention a success!!! Thank you for all that you do to help the school counseling field progress, and we look forward to all that the future holds for school counselors in Florida and across the nation. 

Check out some highlights from this year's convention.


2017 Virtual Sponsors and Exhibitor Hall

Finally, make sure to save the date for the 2018 FSCA Convention...November 1-3, 2018.




Monday, October 16, 2017

Careers in Energy Week: October 16-20

October 16 – 20 is Careers in Energy Week. 

The energy community has dedicated this week to celebrating and raising awareness of energy careers and their importance to our communities, state, and nation. To celebrate this week, parents and students of all ages are invited to an open house event on Thursday, October 19 from 5:30 – 8pm to learn about careers in the energy industry. These events will be held in Niceville at the Northwest Florida State College campus, Clewiston at the Clewiston Adult School, and in Hialeah at the American Senior High School. You will find more information as well as links to RSVP for this event on our Get Into Energy Florida page. If you would like to incorporate energy career resources into your classroom for Careers in Energy Week, you may find some items on our website by clicking here.

Volunteers Needed!

Are you interested in making this year’s convention a success? If so, join our team of highly motivated FSCA volunteers.
Why volunteer with FSCA?
  • Be a stakeholder in state-level professional development
  • Network with a team of actively engaged school counseling professionals
  • Free FSCA Shirt
Opportunities include:
  • Registration assistance
  • Session monitors
Shifts are available throughout the November 2-4, 2017 convention
Sign up at http://bit.ly/2ycm4zV Access Code: H3LPFSCA or email FSCAVolunteer@gmail.com

October is Bullying Prevention Month

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc. invites school counselors to use and share their free bully prevention lessons.  The lesson plans can be shared with teachers, school counselors, and administrators to educate students about 5 Safety Rules to help prevent and address bullying situations.  
Also, watch for more information about their Bullying Prevention Social Media Campaign (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) throughout the month of October, where classrooms and schools will have the opportunity to post how they are demonstrating “kind vibes” using the hashtags #kindvibes, #childsafetymatters, and #teensafetymatters.

New Job Opening-Florida DOE Student Services Team

Heads up!!! The Florida Department of Education has an open position on their Student Services Team!
This position is in Tallahassee, Florida. The Secondary School Counseling Consultant is responsible for collaborating, communicating, disseminating information, and providing leadership to school districts, other discretionary projects and the FDOE regarding effective secondary school level counseling practices and programs.
The consultant will provide strong leadership in promoting the implementation and best professional practices in the delivery of school counseling services, as well as utilizing an integrated student support services model within a multi-tiered system of supports including team-based problem solving and response to intervention practices.

Application instructions are at the bottom of the job description page, which can be directly found at http://sss.usf.edu/contact/positions/14588.html

22 Days Left Before FSCA Convention 2017!

Visit the 2017 Convention site on the FSCA website for more details on the exiting pre-conference sessions, 35 breakout sessions, post-conference training opportunities (new this year and included with your convention costs but requires pre-registration), two keynote speakers, registration prices, and a letter to gain administrative support.
Important Dates:
Hotel Conference rate ends – October 11th
Early bird registration ends – October 18th
Regular registration – October 19th – 31st
Onsite registration – November 2nd – 4th
Pre-conference sessions, Welcome Reception, Poster Presentations – November 2
Keynote Speaker, Awards Luncheon, Breakout sessions – November 3rd
Keynote Speaker, Breakout sessions, Post-conference sessions – November 4th

The Form Your Future Program is BACK!!!

Last Sept. 30, National College Access Network launched a brand new campaign to help high school seniors from low-income households get money for college. With your support, in its first year Form Your FutureTM drove more than 154,000 clicks to fafsa.gov through social media targeted directly at students, and provided free resources at formyourfuture.org to nearly 4,000 college access and success professionals helping those students complete the FAFSA.
Each year, more than $24 BILLION in financial aid goes unclaimed. We know there are students out there who could really use this money, and our digital advertising campaign is getting their attention – one video alone received more than 4 million views. Our collective work to spread this message helped reverse a four-year decline in FAFSA completions, including a nine-percent increase in filing among high school seniors. Despite this enormous accomplishment, still just 61 percent of the high school class of 2017 filed the form.
The continued need for this work is clear, and with the new cycle having opened Oct. 1, Form Your Future is back in business for the 2018-19 FAFSA. Visit the campaign website today for an updated FAFSA Guide with step-by-step instructions for surviving the process, from creating an FSA ID to post-filing steps; a Social Media Toolkit with already prepared graphics and text for you to blast out to students; and an Event Toolkit with templates, checklists, presentations and more to ensure your FAFSA-focused gatherings are smooth and successful. Then follow the campaign on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram to keep up with and share our social media content, which will continue to emphasize that students have an 85% chance of getting some kind of student financial aid, and 92% of applicants from low-income households get grant money that never has to be paid back.
Whether your organization is new to the cause of FAFSA completion or has been doing it for years, Form Your Future has valuable resources to connect you to the national FAFSA completion movement. Together, we can help students complete this life-changing form. Thanks so much for helping us make a difference!
Visit ncan@collegeaccess.org or www.collegeaccess.org for more information

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Convention Early Bird Rate Extended

Due to the hurricane impacting so many across the state, the Early Bird rate for Convention is being extended.

The registration dates are as follows:

  • FSCA Convention Early Bird Registration Rate: 05/08/17-10/17/17
  • FSCA Convention Regular Registration Rate: 10/18/17-10/31/17

Registration closes on 10/31/17. Walk-in rates will be available at the door of the Convention November 2, 2017.

OSCA Shows Support

The Ohio School Counselor Association sent a special note to FSCA expressing their concern and support for us during the Hurricane.

Click here to see the note.

FSCA Service Project

Attention FSCA Convention Attendees!

Please bring books, gift cards, cash, or portable school supplies to support TSangelo Park Elementary School. We will collect your donations at registration. The Tangelo Park Chorus will perform to begin our Awards Luncheon on Friday. We will present the donations to the Principal, Christie Ray.

Learn more about Tangelo Park Elementary here-->https://tangeloparkes.ocps.net




THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING LOCAL STUDENTS!

Counselors Needed for Monmouth University Graduate Student Research

10 Minute School Counseling Survey for Graduate student:


Interested participants who provide their email addresses will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of the following for their School Counselor practice:
  • Ipad 
  • Document Camera 
  • Fitbit Flex 
  • Amazon Echo Dot 
  • $25 itunes gift card. 

Prize winners will be randomly selected from the pool of participants who have provided an email address at the end of survey administration on or before June 30, 2018. For more information, please visit the link above.




Thursday, September 28, 2017

Substance Abuse Resources in Florida: Drug & Alcohol Rehab and Detox

To all Florida School Counselors,

The Recovery Village is an online resource that provides visitors with valuable information on drug misuse and rehabilitation centers in their area, including locations of local Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and SMART Recovery meetings. The site also contains phone numbers for The Recovery Village, alcohol abuse, drug abuse and poison control center hotlines.

Free Addiction Help!

The Addiction Center is a free, online guide to resources that can help you when dealing with students and/or families that are going through addiction, as well as those that are in the process of recovery. 

This web guide contains up-to-date information on the health effects, dangers, and treatment options regarding substance abuse. With a 24/7 confidential hotline, Addiction Center can match an individual with the best treatment center for their unique needs. 

Visit www.AddictionCenter.com/Teenage-Drug-Abuse for more information! 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Research Study: School Counselor Participation Needed

Requesting Participation
School Counselors Who Work With LGBTQ Students

Researchers at Florida International University (FIU) are inviting you to participate in a study that seeks to explore school counselors’ perceived readiness, challenges, and support in advocating for LGBTQ students.
You may be eligible to participate if you:
  • Currently work as a school counselor;
  • Have ever provided services to LGBTQ students;
  • Are at least 18 years old
The survey study will only take about 10 minutes - anonymous on line survey. All of the information provided is confidential and no identifying information used.
Results of this study will help us learn more about how school counselors’ can best service LGBTQ students.
Please click on link to get started: SchoolCounselorsLGBTQ


Job Opening in Highlands County!

For all aspiring or current Elementary School Counselors...

The Highlands County Public School District has an open position at Cracker Trail Elementary School, a K-5 elementary school.

If you are interested, see the contact information below.

Cracker Trail Elementary School
Highlands County Public School District (K-5)
School Phone: (863-471-5777)

Contact:
Laura Walton, Principal
Rick Kogelsc, Assistant Principal

Saturday, September 02, 2017

School Counselors Needed in Lee County!

Heads up school counselors!

There are two high schools in Lee County currently in need of certified school counselors! Check out the information for each of the high schools below if you are interested in working for the Lee County School District!

Estero High School
http://est.leeschools.net/
Please email resume and cover letter to Mr. Clayton Simmons, Principal, and Ms. Kim BaxaMs. Kim Baxa, Assistant Principal.

Cypress Lake High School
http://cyh.leeschools.net/
Please email resume and cover letter to Ms. Angela Roles, Principal.