Students Not Getting Enough Time with Their Counselors, MyPath101 Can Help

It has become a sad fact that the majority of high school students are not getting enough time with their assigned school counselors. The American School Counselor Association recommends a student-to-school-counselor ratio of 250-to-1. Most states are significantly higher than this; only New Hampshire, Vermont and Wyoming fall below the recommended ration.

Bar graph showing Student-to-School-Counselor-Ratio in all 50 states and territories  for 2010-2011

Most articles about school counselors attest to the fact that they are spread thin trying to serve too many students with too few resources and too little time. Yet with ever-increasing numbers of students wanting to attend college, the role of school counselor is more important than ever.

Educational technology can never replace the human interaction between school counselors and their students. However, we need to look at the best ways to help students and counselors immediately, before more time passes. Counselors are overwhelmed with the number of students they are tasked with servicing, and students suffer from lack of face time with their assigned counselor. Too often, the time they do spend together is not as productive as it could be. This is where #edtech could really help. In particular, is an online web app made up of three paths for students to complete. If students were to complete the Identity and Personal Branding path and bring their responses with them when they meet with their counselor, their time together would definitely not be unproductive.

Identity & Personal Branding: Identify Your Strengths--The diagnostic exercises in this section will help you:  Understand who you are and where you excel so you can choose the right classes and major Define your goals, develop your leadership skills, and take responsibility for your future Articulate your unique value to others, from admissions officers to potential employers is unlike any other edtech I have come across. The self-reflective nature of the questions in the Identity and Personal Branding will help students gain insights into themselves that will make writing college essays easier. And because MyPath101 is available across devices, students will not be overwhelmed by this product. They can complete questions anywhere at anytime and can clearly track their progress as they go. They can complete all of the paths or just one. MyPath101 seems like it would solve some problems for school counselors across the country.

New Findings on Pesticides and Autism Spectrum Disorders

I have always wondered why there was not more emphasis on environmental pollution, instead of vaccines. I would not doubt that Big-Ag (Monsanto, DuPont, Syngent–the three leaders) played a role in pushing the vaccine scare to throw us all off their trail. It would be huge to see herbicides studied as well, since they are used as often, if not more than pesticides.

EHP – Pesticides and Autism Spectrum Disorders: New Findings from the CHARGE Study.

#BigAg #Pesticides #organophosphate #pyrethroid #carbamate linked to #Autism #ASD

Read more… Chemical Exposure Linked to Disabilities

MyPath101: Innovative Early Intervention Tool that Promotes Student Self-Awareness

The MyPath101 web app helps students figure out who they are and where they want to go—then shows them how to get there.MyPath101 assists students in defining who they are which allows them to set clear goals for their education and their future. This valuable resource facilitates a more focused, successful, and enjoyable college experience.

College can be a difficult transition for many students who arrive underprepared and unsure of their career aspirations. As a result, they struggle both academically and emotionally. Only one-third actually finish in four years–many don’t finish at all–and when and if they do they are faced with crushing debt and limited job options.

That’s where MyPath101 comes in. We help students discover their passion, finish college, forge their paths, and realize their full potential.

Developed by experts in identity development, personal branding, social media strategy, online identity, and career marketing, MyPath101 is a web-based membership site that provides students with interactive exercises, online advice, tips, and techniques for mastering everything from applying to schools and choosing classes, to getting involved in campus activities, to securing internships and job searching.

Think of MyPath101 as a virtual counselor, tech guru, and career advisor all rolled into one–and available 24/7–a legitimate college fit and readiness tool! Set students on the path to success in college and career success with MyPath101.

MyPath101 can work with schools in two ways: Schools can purchase MyPath101 for their students at a discounted price, or we can market directly to students through existing marketing channels allowing parents to order this fantastic product for their child on their own. Parents and students are always able to purchase a subscription for themselves or a loved one at any time. MyPath101 makes the perfect gift for any high school or college student.

For more information visit or email

Gina Carson
School Partnership Coordinator,
Putting students on the path to success, in college and beyond!

The MyPath101 web app helps students figure out who they are and where they want to go—then shows them how to get there.

Seniors Urged to Take Gap/Bridge Year Experience Before College

This makes complete sense for high schools and community colleges to begin promoting. Students need to be ready to begin post-secondary education, and from my experience the vast majority are not prepared. Completing an eye-opening year of service sounds like an excellent plan to me.

Several European countries promote a “13th year” that allows teenagers to earn money, take some courses and travel.
A Student Guide to the Gap or Bridge Year Experience

Storify: Collect media from web and create a story

Another good instructional technology tool for the differentiation of instruction: Storify

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Storify can help learners draw together diverse sources of information to tell a story. This requires them to:

  • identify relevant information
  • order information in  a way that fits the story they’re telling
  • draw upon multimedia sources to illustrate a story, which requires them to reflect on the messages provided by these sources
  • create text annotations to help a story flow

Learners can use Storify to:

  • explore research questions
  • identify social trends
  • create more meaningful notes for themselves
  • create digital stories (e.g., using a combination of Flickr images, their own text, and other media sources)

Use Dragon for an Easier Way to Complete Essays

It’s been a few years since Nuance’s Dragon Naturally Speaking went mainstream. Previously only used for people with dyslexia, other LD and those with motor skill issues, it’s now a staple in offices,  courtrooms, high school and colleges across the country.

If you can verbalize your ideas but have any trouble getting them onto paper, this is your answer. And the fastest way to take advantage of technology without breaking your bank is to get the previous version when a new version is released.


TBI / mTBI can affect memory and executive functioning

Traumatic Brain Injury is no joke. TBI and mTBI (mild TBI) can occur from just about any head trauma. Repeated traumas to the head only increase the chance of negative consequences. Some people can sustain multiple head traumas without noticeable issues, while others may have issues with their memory or executive functions, after just one head trauma. People can have immediate problems, while others will not notice problems until later in life.

“Executive function” refers to a group of essential mental tasks, including planning, strategizing, organizing, setting goals, and paying attention to the important details, that will help to achieve those goals.

The Dangers of ‘Football Brain’

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Call Your Senators and Tell Them to Support Global Disability Rights By Supporting CRPD Tomorrow!

circle with words Inclusion, Dignity, Equality around edge and Ratify CRPD Yes! in middle


 Support the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD)



The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international treaty that outlines the obligations of ratifying countries to promote, protect, fulfill, and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities. It embodies the American ideals that form the basis of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by empowering persons with disabilities to be independent and productive citizens.  The US signed the CRPD on July 30, 2009.

Three years later, the Convention has yet to be ratified by the United States! 153 countries have signed it and 115 others have already ratified it!

On May 17, 2012, the Obama Administration submitted its treaty package to the Senate, which has since been supported by a bipartisan group of Senators.

Thanks to the disability community’s hard work, a hearing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has FINALLY been scheduled for Thursday, July 12 in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. 

But we still need your help convincing the Foreign Relations Committee to VOTE YES and send the treaty to the Senate floor for a vote!

We need you to fill the room at the hearing to show our support for the CRPD!

We have received word that the Home School Legal Defense Association, which opposes the CRPD, has activated national calls in opposition to the Convention based on inaccurate statements about the treaty.  They will NOT stop us with stall tactics nor erroneous interpretations of the treaty language.  Let our voices be heard over the opposition … make a call to your Senator on the Foreign Relations Committee and tell them that the disability community needs their support!

Attend the hearing currently scheduled for THURSDAY, JULY 12TH AT 9:00 AM IN SENATE DIRKSEN OFFICE BUILDING ROOM G50 (note that the time is currently scheduled for 9 am but may change. To see the latest schedule click here)

MESSAGE: “Senator, I am a constituent from your state and I support the CRPD.  I look to you to attend the Foreign Relations Committee hearing on July 12th and to support ratification.  The CRPD is in the United States’ interests, protects our citizens and veterans abroad, and honors the Americans with Disabilities Act.”


Chairman: Senator John Kerry (D-MA) (202) 224-4651

Ranking Member: Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) (202) 224-6797

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) COSPONSOR OF CRPD (202) 224-6441

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (202) 224-3553

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) (202) 224-4524

Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) (202) 224-6324

Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) COSPONSOR OF CRPD (202) 224-5042

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) (202) 224-3344

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) (202) 224-6121

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) COSPONSOR OF CRPD (202) 224-2152

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) (202) 224-4721

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) (202) 224-3643

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) (202) 224-5444

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) (202) 224-4744

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) (202) 224-3041

Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) (202) 224-2752

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) (202) 224-2841

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) COSPONSOR OF CRPD (202) 224-6621

Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) (202) 224-4024