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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

National School Counselor Week!

FSCA appreciates all the school counselors around the state and nation who work hard every day to impact students’ lives.
Visit the ASCA National School Counselor Week website to learn more about how you can help celebrate your school counselor from Feb. 5th to Feb. 9th.  Click here to see the activities planned in Florida.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Epsilon Sigma Alpha Scholarship Opportunity!

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SENIORS: Epsilon Sigma Alpha offers scholarships to the Class of 2018.  Apply at www.epilonsigmaalpha.org
DEADLINE Feb. 1.
Please send all inquiries to Sarah Bybee at sbybee6@gmail.com

FSCA Scholarship for High School Students

FSCA is now accepting applications for the 2018 High School Student Scholarship!
Students who meet the following criteria may apply:
  • be a current 12th grader on track to graduate during the current spring or summer; and,
  • intent to enroll in a postsecondary institution in the upcoming summer or fall following graduation.
The application requires a one-page, single-spaced essay answering, “How my school counselor made a difference in my high school years?” 

Please submit your application & essay to http://bit.ly/FSCA18StuSch

FSCA Scholarship for Graduate Students

FSCA is now accepting applications for the 2018 Graduate Student Scholarship!
Students who meet the following criteria may apply:
  • be a current graduate student enrolled in a FL School Counseling preparation program;
  • be enrolled as a school counseling graduate student for the next upcoming academic year; and,
  • hold a current FSCA member.
The application requires a two page, double-spaced essay answering one of the following: 
1. What do you plan to do as a school counselor to improve equity in education?
2. How are school counselors vital to schools?
3. How do you plan to advocate for the school counseling profession?
Please submit your application & essay to: http://bit.ly/FSCA18GradSch 

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

USF Student Support Services-Project Coordinator Position Vacancy

The Project Coordinator serves as the administrator for the Student Support Services Project (University of South Florida), a discretionary project from the Florida Department of Education. The Project Coordinator is responsible for collaboration and coordination with the Project Director, strategic planning for the Student Support Services Project, supervision and support of the project professional staff (School Psychology, School Counseling, School Social Work, School Nursing, Medicaid in Schools and the PEER Statewide IEP System) and support staff, and integration and collaboration with the Florida Department of Education. The position is housed in the FDOE building in the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services in Tallahassee. To view the full job description and to apply, go to http://sss.usf.edu/contact/positions/15155.html

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

E-Learning for Students.

NCAN’s e-learning platform is completely online and provides a toolkit of concrete strategies and resources for college access advisers and counselors to use student-by-student in guiding one of the most important decisions of their young lives. Topics include college admissions testing, financial aid, cultural competence and support for special populations such as homeless youth.
 

Research on Job Satisfaction in School Counselors!


Attention!!! 

The University of Southern Mississippi doctoral students are conducting research to better understand the factors which contribute to your job satisfaction and your stress levels. The purpose of this research is to explore the relationship among current school counselors' (a) personal characteristics (b) contextual variables; (c) self-efficacy; (d) job stress; and (e) job satisfaction using Social Cognitive Career Theory. 

Please help us by completing this 10 minute online survey: http://uofmississippi.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_24qReBydhHoRSmx

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