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January 2010
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Welcome to ASCA Aspects, published monthly by the American School Counselor Association, the school counseling division of the American Counseling Association. Each issue includes information about new projects, events, resources and more from ASCA and helps members take full advantage of all ASCA membership has to offer. We hope you enjoy these monthly newsletters; however, if you'd like to be removed from the mailing list, simply click on the "safe unsubscribe" link at the bottom of this e-mail.
PSC Call for Manuscripts

ASCA's peer-reviewed journal, Professional School Counseling, welcomes original manuscripts on school counseling theory, research, practice, and contemporary issues. Manuscripts should be submitted under one of the following categories: Featured Research, Conceptual or Practitioner-Focused Research. Learn more or e-mail the Amy Milsom, Ed.S., PSC editor.

Also, a special issue is in the works on Focused Responsive Services: What Does the Evidence Suggest? PSC is looking for manuscripts co-authored by a counselor educator and a practicing school counselor addressing the responsive services component of school counseling programs. Manuscript proposals due March 15, 2010. Learn more. Questions? Contact Chris Sink, Ph.D., PSC associate editor.
2010 Conference
Two if by Sea...

Online registration is now open for the 2010 Annual Conference, July 3-6 in Boston.

Looking to share a room with someone? See who else from your area is attending? Discuss some of the conference sessions? Or stay on top of deadlines and additions to the conference? Check out the Conference Connections discussion board on the ASCA SCENE.
Are You Ready for National School Counseling Week?

National School Counseling Week, Feb. 1-5, 2010, will be here before you know it. Are you ready? Orders for the 2010 National School Counseling Week kit must be in by Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, for free shipping and to ensure it gets to you in time for National School Counseling Week.

Looking for extra ideas to promote the week? Follow the discussion on the ASCA SCENE, or check out this document in the File Cabinet under Group Files for additional ideas.
Apply for Counselor Educator, Counseling Director, Adovate of the Year

Annually, ASCA recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the counseling profession. Individuals are recognized for professional contributions as counselor educators  and counseling director/coordinators at the district or state level. Applications are due March 19, 2010. ASCA also recognizes as Advocate of the Year, an award presented to a person who has had an impact on school counseling programs at the local, state or national level. Learn more.
New & Noteworthy

- New student-to-school-counselor ratios released. Although ASCA recommends a 250-to-1 ratio, the national average is 460-to-1. See how your state stacks up.

- Grants for the Integration of Schools and Mental Health Systems: Applications due Feb. 22, 2010.

- Applications for Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program grants due Feb. 26, 2010.

- Check out ASCA's new SchoolTube channel. Upload your own education-related videos, see what other school counselors are doing in the video arena and watch ASCA videos.

- The Learning First Alliance, a consortium of 17 education associations including ASCA, has sent a letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urging the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in the current legislative session. Revitalizing the economy, reforming health care and other issues have taken priority over ESEA during the past year, and LFA board members fear reauthorization may be delayed again, possibly into next year after a new legislative session convenes.

In the Industry

ESSCP Grant Applications Due Feb. 26: The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools has released the fiscal year 2010 Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (ESSCP) grant application. Estimated range for awards is $250,000-$400,000. Download the application package or learn more.

FAFSA on the Web:
On Jan. 5, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, along with Jill Biden and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), announced the new streamlined Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that includes a much more user-friendly online format and a large reduction in the number of questions asked and information to be provided for FAFSA completion. 

Free Webinar: Principal Leadership: Suporting Special Educaton Personnel and Related Services Providers, a collaboration between the National Coalition on Personnel Shortages in Special Education and Related Services and the National Elementary School Principals, is scheduled for Feb. 23, 4-5 p.m. EST. Register online.

Call for Conference Proposals: Proposals are being accepted through FEb. 6, 2010, for the 15th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, Oct. 7-9, 2010, Albuquerque, N.M. The conference is sponsored by the Center for School Mental Health and the IDEA Partnership. Learn more.

Discus Awards: Looking beyond just grades, test scores  and win-loss records, a new national awards program honors all-around high school students who demonstrate excellence and engagement both inside and outside of school. The Discus Awards recognize students who excel in at least three areas that demonstrate their multi-dimensional talents and passions, including community service, work, technology, athletics, academics and the arts.

Math Modeling Contest: Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge is an Internet-based high school math competition open to juniors and seniors. High schools may enter up to two teams of three to five students who must choose the day they wish to work on Challenge weekend (March 6-7, 2010) to solve an open-ended, realistic, applied math-modeling problem focused on a real-world issue. The M3 Challenge offers scholarships totaling $100,000.

Data Privacy Day: Individuals around the world are asking how they can protect their information online. Join the dialogue among school counselors, businesses, individuals, government agengcies, academics and more. Data Privacy Day is Jan. 28, 2010. Learn more.
Upcoming Deadlines

Feb. 1, 2010, 5 p.m. ET: RAMP application deadline
March 1, 2010: Early-bird conference registration deadline
March 1, 2010: Nominations due for 2011 Govering Board Election
March 19, 2010: Nominations due for Counseling Director/Coordinator of the Year, Counselor Educator of the Year, Advocate of the Year. Learn more.
Sept. 15, 2010: Scholarship applications due
Oct. 15, 2010: Next RAMP application deadline. View the new rubric and application process overview