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  • March 28, 2017 3:04 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    CONGRATULATIONS to PSSCA’s newly elected 2017-2018 board members:

     


    Leigh Eubanks, President-Elect








    Bonita Hunter, Middle Vice President






    Amy Milsom, Post-Secondary Vice President







    Clayton Henke, Treasurer-Elect

  • February 21, 2017 7:13 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    Kimberly Brown of Whale Branch Early College High was named as top High School Counselor for the second year in a row.


    Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/education/article133984014.html#storylink=cpy

  • January 04, 2017 12:42 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    Clemson University is launching a major initiative to foster a more inclusive, supportive, and diverse South Carolina. On April 27-28, 2017, Clemson’s Office of Inclusion and Equity will present its inaugural Men of Color National Summit to help close the achievement gap for young men of color with the promise of new opportunities through higher education. The goal of the summit is to attract and retain a highly talented and diverse group of students, faculty, and staff at the University, and especially to open up educational and career opportunities for young men of color, most of whom will be first-generation college students who often face an unusually challenging path to higher education. The result of this challenge is an “achievement gap” -- lower high school graduation rates compared with other demographic groups, leading to reduced economic and personal prospects.

    The summit emphasizes two critical messages: “Stay focused,” and “Never give up.” More than 1,600 college students, government officials, community activists, educators, and industry leaders are expected to attend. Joining them will be a special cohort of 400 African-American and Hispanic male 9th-11th graders from South Carolina that Clemson intends to help prepare to become college-ready high school graduates, regardless of what institution they choose to attend. During the two-day summit, attendees will hear insights from more than 20 national thought leaders on personal and professional development, from cradle to career success. Additionally, the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” with 8 million listeners across 105 markets, will broadcast live from the summit.

    The 2017 inaugural summit also kicks off Clemson’s “Tiger Alliance” program. Partnering with Greenville County Schools’ Superintendent Burke Royster, Anderson District 5’s Superintendent Tom Wilson, and schools from the I-95 corridor, Clemson University will mentor the 400-member cohort through a revolving, multi-year initiative. The young men will receive guidance and enrichment opportunities to make them college-ready, and their progress will be tracked from the summit through high school graduation.

    “Clemson is committed to creating best practices for inclusive excellence, and the Men of Color National Summit reinforces that commitment by preparing these young men to succeed in college, whether at Clemson or anywhere that fits their goals,” said Clemson President Jim Clements. “This summit is just one part of Clemson’s long-term vision to prepare a broader mix of students for college and future career success.”

    “The heart of the summit is the young men in the Tiger Alliance,” said Lee Gill, Clemson University’s Chief Diversity Officer and special assistant to the president for inclusive excellence. “The global perspective that a college education provides will not just help them excel in life, but will also contribute to the talent dividend that benefits the State of South Carolina and the nation.”

    The Men of Color National Summit, open to everyone and committed to the success of all, will be held at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, S.C. on April 27-28, 2017. More information, including event registration and sponsorship, can be found here.

    About Clemson University

    Ranked #23 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel.


  • November 10, 2016 1:18 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    ALEXANDRIA, VA – Jennifer Adams, a school counselor at Carolina Springs Middle School in Lexington, S.C., has been named a 2017 School Counselor of the Year finalist. Adams, a graduate of The University of South Carolina, has been a school counselor for nearly 13 years. The School Counselor of the Year award, presented by the American School Counselor Association, honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for the nation’s students and addressing their academic and social/emotional development and college and career readiness.

    “Jennifer is a consummate professional, dedicated to helping this school achieve cultural and academic excellence,” said Dr. Brice LS Cockfield, principal, Carolina Springs Middle School. “She demonstrates her commitment to excellence through her collaborative efforts to close achievement gaps, foster positive relationships and prepare students for a bright future.” 

    “It has been my privilege to work with Jennifer for six years, witnessing her outstanding leadership every day,” said Jamie Dawkins, school counselor, Rocky Creek Elementary School. “Her love and concern for students is obvious in every aspect of her job. She operates on the thesis that the welfare of children is paramount in her role. She is a strong believer that our main goal as counselors is to be the children’s voice.”

    “My four children had the pleasure of being under Jennifer’s wonderful influence during the last nine years,” said Andrea Krick, parent. “She has the unique ability not only to see the problems that children face but to creatively design the perfect way for each child to overcome those problems. Jennifer clearly sees the potential in every child and helps them to consistently take steps to reach their goals. Jennifer takes the time to meet with each fifth-grader and their parent(s) so that everyone has a clear understanding of the changes that are going to take place and the best route of success for each child. Because of this process, the transition to middle school has been seamless for my children, and a normal time of anxiety is now a time of excitement and celebration.” 

    The School Counselor of the Year finalists were judged on: creative school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership skills and contributions to student advancement. Adams, along with the additional four School Counselor of the Year finalists, will be flown to Washington, D.C., Jan. 4–6, 2017. The honorees will be honored in a White House ceremony and be formally recognized at a black‐tie gala. 

    About the American School Counselor Association 

    The American School Counselor Association is a nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. ASCA promotes student success by expanding the image and influence of professional school counseling through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change. ASCA helps school counselors guide their students toward academic, career and social/emotional development to help today’s students become tomorrow’s productive, contributing members of society. Learn more at www.schoolcounselor.org.


  • October 23, 2016 2:51 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    The Call for Proposals to the 2017 Southeastern School Behavioral Health Conference is now live. This conference is a key opportunity for southeastern education and mental health representatives from K-12 schools and child and youth-serving agencies to network, collaborate, and learn new strategies to improve school behavioral health outcomes for children and families.

    This year’s conference will be held in Myrtle Beach, SC, on April 27 & 28, 2017 and will feature keynote speakers George Sugai, PhD, Carole J. Neag Endowed Professor in Special Education in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, and Gloria Reeves, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland, School of Medicine.

    Theme: "Moving toward exemplary and high impact school behavioral health”

    For more information, including proposal requirements, CLICK HERE.  For more detailed information on our program please visit our website.

    Submissions that fit under one or more of the following sub-themes are requested:

    • ·Improving Collaboration among Families, Educators, Clinicians, and other Youth-System Staff
    • ·School-Wide Approaches for Prevention and Intervention
    • ·Improving the Quality of Services
    • ·Increasing Implementation Support
    • ·Enhancing Cultural Humility and Reducing Racial, Ethnic, and Other Disparities

    Presentation sample topics:

    • ·Bullying
    • ·Children of Military Members and Veterans
    • ·Early Childhood (4k-G3)
    • ·Early Identification
    • ·Early Intervention
    • ·Engaging School Resource Officers in School Behavioral Health
    • ·Evidence-based Practices
    • ·Family Engagement
    • ·Integrated Service Models
    • ·Inter-agency Collaborations
    • ·LGBTQ
    • ·Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
    • ·PBIS
    • ·Policy & Legal Implications of School Mental and Behavioral Health
    • ·Special Education
    • ·Suicide Prevention
    • ·Technology Tools to Support SWPBIS and SMH
    • ·Universal Screening
    • ·Youth Engagement

    Preferred presentation types:

    • ·Research-based
    • ·Practice-based strategy related
    • ·Can be used in a school or classroom context

    Formats

    • ·Oral presentations for 1-hour breakout sessions
    • ·Poster presentation

    For more information, including proposal requirements, CLICK HERE.  For more detailed information on our program please visit our website.


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