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                                                    2013-2014 Events Calendar


CDCA Spring Conference


Friday March 28, 2014 from 11:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Holiday Inn, 205 Wolf Rd., Albany NY 

Register Online

Cost is $20 including lunch


Questions: Contact Meghan McMahon at


Two local events added on the Local Event page:


  • Autism Conference at The Sage Colleges on Saturday April 5, 2014


  • School Counselor tour of Nanocollege on Tuesday April 8, 2014



CDCA 29th Annual Spring College Fair

Wednesday April 30, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Hudson Valley Community College
McDonough Recreation Center
80 Vandenburgh Avenue Troy, NY


High School Counselors:

Around 180 colleges from around the States will be in attendance. The morning program is primarily intended to serve high school students. We encourage high schools to provide transportation to the daytime event, as many students may be unable to attend the evening program. Any parents wishing to attend the morning session with their children are, of course, welcome, depending on your school’s transportation policies. Any and everyone is welcome to attend the night portion.  Please put a flyer up in your school! CDCA College Fair Flyer

We have some bus stipends available – please check the box if you would like to apply and include the amount you are requesting. All schools planning to bus must send the Busing Application by April 19, 2014.  A confirmation with directions and materials will be emailed after that date.

CDCA Spring College Caravan for members only!


Get a jump on junior recruitment!  From Monday May 19 - Thursday May 22, join your colleagues for spring caravan days with a wonderful lunch at the end of the program. 


Register and pay online or send the information to Carly Connors at


NYSACAC General Conference is June 4- 6, 2014 at Adelphi University
Theme: The Transformation of Education

NYSACAC Human Relations Committee, Coming Together Conference is June 3- 4, 2014 at Adelphi University
Theme: New Frontiers in Access and Success: How Do We Help All Underrepresented Students Get Into and Succeed in College?

Register for the Conference Now! Early Bird rates before May 7

Scholarships for counsleor are available to cover conference costs!
Apply at by April 15th

Recap from Legislative Day on February 12, 2014


CDCA member joined people from our state and national group in meeting with our State representatives at the Capital to advocate for better circumstances for the counseling environment.  New York States average case load is 471 student per counselor - twice the recommended average. As our profession become more accountable for students success, it is always important to understand our environment and our ability to advocate for our needs.


Check out the detailed facts provided by NACAC for more agenda items from Advocacy Day. The schedule from February 12th. Please mark your calendars for next year!  Join the group!

The Common Core Toolkit for Parents and Families is a collection of materials and resources that will help parents and families understand the New York State Common Core implementation.  We encourage schools and districts to leverage these resources when reaching out to parents on this important work.


In particular, the link below includes everything needed to plan a training or series of trainings to help parents understand college readiness and the Common Core standards.  The links on this page include planning tools, documents, and agendas to help prepare for and execute a successful Common Core parent night.



Questions about APPR for School Counselors

NYSSCA and NYSUT have put together a Q&A document to assist school counselors whose districts are negotiating contractual changes to annual professional performance reviews (APPR).  Although the current legislation on APPR for teachers DOES NOT APPLY TO SCHOOL COUNSELORS, it appears some districts are asking school counselors to propose a new APPR rubric and/or SLOs. 

For updates, visit NYSSCA

Looking to get involved with CDCA? contact

President: Katie Collins Szalda                                  Membership: Chelsea Houghton  

President Elect: Dan Fogarty                                     Vice President of Committees: Kathleen Dowd Freese

Recording Secretary: Colleen Pacella                        Vice President for Communications: Betsey Schuhle 

Treasurer: Carly Connors                                          Vice President of Professional Development: Meghan McMahon  





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