FSCA eNews Update - February 3, 2013
|Advocacy for FSCA|
Our bill, SB 0154, Student Failure Prevention Act, has been filed again in Florida’s Senate by our Champion Senator Nancy Detert. Sen. Detert talks about our issue and this bill in every venue and to all legislators as much as possible. It is being drafted in the House and we expect filing before the deadline in early March. Rep. Adkins who filed our bill last year and is still a staunch supporter cannot file for us this year due to changes in her committee assignments. However, she is chair of an important committee to us and is working hard with FSCA to ensure that the bill gets filed and has support.
What you can do?
1. Write a note to Senator Detert thanking her for her tireless support.
2. Write a note to Rep Adkins and thank her for helping us help students.
3. Contact your own legislators (and others who may cover your school district in neighboring jurisdictions) and let each know that you want their support. (You can find your own and neighboring legislator names and contact information at http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find. Florida’s groupings of legislative delegations can be found here.
Tell them that you support SB 154 and any companion legislation filed in the House to increase school counselors in every school, improve student access to counselors, and to ensure that every student has adequate and sufficient school counseling programs. Florida’s poor graduation rate would be improved by continuous and appropriate school counseling programs that focus on career and academic development. Furthermore, school counselors provide programs and skilled understanding of student’s personal and behavioral development to help be a first line of defense to promote student safety. ASCA’s recommendation of a ratio of 1 school counselor to 250 students coupled with ensuring that school counselors engaging in the jobs for which they are best trained and suited, is imperative to achieve our achievement, economic, and safety goals as a state.
Join FSCA in Tallahassee for FSCA legislative days on March 11 (for training) and 12 to see state lawmakers about school counseling.
What you do?
1. See if your spring break or school schedule will allow you to be in Tallahassee to join us. If you are on the clock on either of those days, make sure you have noted personal leave to Tallahassee.
2. If you can join us, please to arrive in the afternoon of March 11 for an update and training with our Advocacy consultant Carole Green.
3. Start contacting your legislators now to let them know who you are, what you are interested in, and that you will be contacting them for a brief appointment to see them on March 12 when you are in town.
4. Some tips: Do make arrangements for travel and lodging early as Tallahassee fills up quickly during session. Organize a group to carpool from your area. Invite school counseling students to join you if you have room in your car.
|Brand New Website!|
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|Giving a Fish a Bath: The Untold Story of the
Adolescent MindFebruary 27th 4:00PM
Recent discoveries in neuroscience offer exciting insights into how the brains of our teens really work and the special “brain-based” challenges facing adolescents as they mature. This webinar will provide a basic review of brain ‘geography’ and function, reveal why teens are especially vulnerable to drug use, high-risk peer influences and depression as well as the proactive measures adults can take to minimize a teen’s exposure to these dangers. This webinar also addresses the often mystifying role of hormones on adolescent development and focuses on the key roles that stress and sleep have on teen learning processes. In addition, the workshop offers strategies compatible with the many strengths and opportunities available during this miraculous developmental period. If you’ve ever thought that the adolescent mind could not be understood, this workshop will arm you with the latest insights and information on knowing and empowering the teenage brain, and ways you can integrate it into your school counseling program.
Current FSCA Members: Free
Register Now by Clicking HERE.
Presenter: Alwynne Lamp, M.Ed. has more than 26 years of experience as an educator and in 2010 was named as the Middle School Counselor of the Year by the Florida School Counseling Association and is a 2013 Semi-Finalist for the American School Counselor Association, School Counselor of the Year Award. Alwynne is a certified trainer for The Upside Down Organization and works as a school counselor at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Palm Beach County. Other educational roles Alwynne has held include seven years as a Science Teacher and four years as an outdoor/experiential educator with Outward Bound in both Australia and Minnesota. Alwynne has developed in-service training for educators in her school, in the School District of Palm Beach County and at FSCA conventions. She has worked closely with her own students to help them understand how their brain develops and functions and most importantly, how to care for it! As part of this effort, she developed a test anxiety reduction program and implemented Dr. Carol Dweck’s Brainology. Alwynne also coordinates anti-bullying and alcohol prevention programs at her school and works closely with students to improve motivation and achievement. Alwynne earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from the Australian National University, Diploma of Education from Canberra University and her Master’s in Counselor Education from Florida Atlantic University.
SAVE the DATE for Other Upcoming Webinars:
March 20th @ 2:00PM • Stephanie Carter-Larson: Autism Spectrum Disorder
April 9th @ 11:30AM • Dr. Rosine McGhee (Argosy): Compassion Fatigue
May 8th @ 6:00PM • Kendra Shealy: Packaging Your School Counseling Program
|Nominate a School Counselor or Stakeholder for a Professional Recognition Award|
|FSCA is committed to recognizing the
outstanding work done by School Counselors, Administrators, and
Advocates of the School Counseling profession. FSCA recognizes
School Counselors and other individuals who excel in promoting and
facilitating the role of School Counselors in Florida. Awards will
be presented during an Awards Banquet on Friday, November 1, 2013,
at the Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg, FL during the FSCA Annual
Convention, October 31-November 2, 2013.
|National School Counseling Week|
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