affiliate of New York State School Counselor Association


member of New York State Association for College Admission Counseling


     Link to CDCA main pageS              
















Announcements and News:    New Local Events


CDCA Fall 2014 Newsletter is available online!


Some highlights include getting to know the CDCA board, recap from First Lady Michelle Obama's call to help, and where to find information on CDCA. 


First Thirsty Thursday of the Season!

Thursday September 18, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Meet with colleagues at the Saratoga National Golf Course for some fun! Even better, bring a co-worker and introduce them to the crowd.

No registration needed - just show up!


Print the flyer and put up by the water cooler!

CASDA with the help from CDCA is hosting the main Capital Region College Fair!

When: Wednesday September 24, 2014
Where: Edward F. McDonough Recreation Center, Hudson Valley Community College
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

With the 20 minute trip to Hudson Valley Community, your students will travel over 3,000 miles visiting with over 100 colleges.


48 Schools. 20 Colleges. 9 days. 2 lunches included. Can you handle it? 


Fall College Caravan is from Monday Sept. 15 - Friday Sept. 26. We reserved Wednesday Sept. 24 for the CDCA fair at Hudson Valley.


We are full for the Fall Caravan!  Thank you for participating!






CDCA Counselor of the Year dinner was a success!  What a wonderful way to spend an evening!Cindy Soja, retiree from admissions at Siena College was honored as CDCA's counselor of the year.  The evening celebrated the hard work and dedication that school and admissions counselors give to their profession. Please put this on your calendar for next year! 


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: Dan Fogarty

President Elect: Mike DiNicola

Past President: Katie Collins Szalda 

Vice President for Communications: Brittany Houck                                         

Vice President of Professional Development: Paige Collins and Jay Biegner  

Chair of Committees: Kathleen Dowd Freese                          

Membership: Meghan McMahon  

Recording Secretary: Andrew Chakmakas 

Treasurer: Carly Connors                       

Questions or comments about this web site? Email
Copyright 2012  Capital District Counseling Association, P.O. Box 13174, Albany, New York 12212