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Friday, February 14, 2014

FSCA eNews Update February 14, 2014

FSCA eNews Update
February 14, 2014

Advocacy Alert

Senate Bill 902 has been filed! The purpose of this bill is to ensure that public school students in this state have access to high-quality, evidence-based school counseling programs. The bill establishes a Blue Ribbon Panel Task Force that will study the impact school counselors have on the classroom, and this bill supports a grant program to help schools hire additional counselors. The purpose of the task force is to study whether there is a demonstrable relationship between expanding counseling resources in public schools and early detection of mental health issues in students, improved academic performance and student attendance, higher graduation rates, and decreased behavioral disruptions on the part of students. The Blue Ribbon Panel will also be tasked with making recommendations for the Florida's School Counseling and Guidance Framework.
Please take a few moments to see the latest advocacy update regarding the newly filed bill on behalf of FSCA and how you can help advocate right now.

2014 Convention: Save the Date

OCTOBER 23, 2014 to OCTOBER 25, 2014
Pre-Convention Workshops & Opening Reception
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Breakout Sessions & Awards Banquet Friday, October 24, 2014
Breakout Sessions Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 2014
Orlando at SeaWorld 10100 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
More information published soon!

Congratulations to Linda Martin

FSCA is proud to say that Orlando School Counselor Linda Martin was among five finalists for the 2014 School Counselor of the Year awards program of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). The award honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates – and often lifesavers – for the nation’s students.  
Read more here and here.
Watch a short video on YouTube here.
Check out Twitter coverage of the event here.

FSCA Governing Board Elections

At this time of year, the Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA) solicits candidates for its Governing Board. Please help us identify the next generation of Florida's school counseling leadership by seeking an elected office or by encouraging those you believe to be talented leaders in your area to become candidates.
Deadline to submit packet: February 21, 2014 postmarked by 5pm
Download an application here.

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