PD & Student Opportunities

The Guidance Portal Professional Development ("PD") and Student Opportunities page provides upcoming, city-wide opportunities for school counselors and students.  

Guidance personnel are encouraged to visit the portal regularly and to contact their Network Youth Development Manager for their school regarding additional opportunities that may be available through  their network.

Reminder! A wide range of additional opportunities are regularly updated on the Quick Links section of the Teacher Page under PD + Student Opportunities

All Schools: 2014-2015 Child Abuse Designated Liaison Training 

Events: Beginning September 2014
Schedule is available (here).  

new! Trainings and support offered to New York City Department of Education Designated Liaisons. Please consult with your school's Network Youth Development Manager for further assistance.

High Schools: College Fairs

  • The 2014-2015 College Fair Calendar can be accessed at the HESC Website.
  • new! The Big Apple College Fair in sponsorship with the College Access Consortium of New York (CACNY) will be hosted on Saturday, October 25th from 1 PM--4 PM at the Jacob Javits Center, Hall 1A.  A flyer is available (here).

All Schools: Functional Behavioral Assessment/ Behavior Intervention Plan Webinars

This series of 12 webinars covers the core tenets and processes of Functional Behavioral Assessment; Analyzing Data/Designing Behavior Intervention Plans; and Implementation/Progress Monitoring. 

The archived webinars are available (here) under Training Materials.

Middle & High School Students: Free Spring 2014 Community Tennis Program

Parents can register in-person for their child (5-18 years old) to participate. Program dates are June 7, 14, 21, and 28. Access flyer.

High Schools: Co-op Tech Applications  

Contact: Leslie Sims

The School for Cooperative Technical Education  or Co-op Tech, offers 17 different certification courses in a variety of careers from culinary arts to computer networking. The program has a half-day model where students can attend their DOE high school or GED program for half of the day and attend Co-op Tech for the other half of the school day. View additional information here.  A brochure is available (here).

All Schools: St. John's Family Grief Program -Support sessions

Contact: Trish Batchelor at 718-990-2367

St John’s Family Grief Program – FREE OF CHARGE - Once a week evening support groups for children ages 5-17 who had a loved one die, and their caregivers. Sessions beginning January 2014 are held at St. John’s University Queens Campus.

High Schools: College Board Fall Counselor Online Workshops High School

Counselors and College Advisors encouraged to participate. Register here.

All Schools: Guidance Expo - White Plains, NY

Event: October 22, 2014

This FREE annual professional development event is held each October, and is open to all guidance counselors and college advisors. View additional information at the Guidance Expo website

All Schools: NYC McKinney Vento Workshops 

FREE professional development opportunities provided by NYS-TEACHS and the NYS Education Department for NYC school staff and administrators working with students and families in temporary housing.  The registration link is available (here).

All Schools: Webinar-Preventing Underage Drinking

FREE webinar series on undergage drinking offered (here) by the Interagency Coodinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD). 

All Schools: Child Mind Institute  

Free workshops are offered (here) online and in person on various topics including child development and understanding childhood disorders.  

All Schools: New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) Suicide Prevention Trainings

A range of training opportunities are offered (here) through OMH in order to build capacity for suicide prevention.   

High Schools: Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential Webinar

Webinar provided by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for high schools serving students with disabilities accessed here; and can also be found on the Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities page. The webinar provides information on the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential, the high school exiting credential for students with severe disabilities taking the New York State Alternate Assessment. NYSED recommends having available the related guidance document (posted here) while listening to the webinar. (Please note there are some technical issues for the first 30 seconds of the webinar, after which the webinar begins again).

All Schools: Loss and Bereavement Program for Children and Adolescents

Contact: 212-632-4692 or 212-632-4760

Bereavement groups are offered on an on-going by the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS) free of charge to children and adolescents at 135 W 50th St. Manhattan.  A flyer is available (here).

Middle and High Schools: Teen Talk Kit

Contact: or Scott Bloom

NYC Department of Health and Hygiene's NYC Teen page provides free multimedia  resources developed to enhance instruction or small group learning opportunities delivered through guidance sessions, advisories, health class, etc.  View informational flyer here

High Schools: CUNY Start recruitment

Recruitment has begun for Fall 2014 CUNY Start, a low-cost, intensive full-time program providing an alternative to typical remedial classes offered to CUNY students needing preparation in reading, writing and math before entering credit classes.  A program overview flyer is available (here).

High Schools: College Connections Project Fee Waivers Opportunity

Contact: 212-961-5853

College Connections Project at the Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center provides college application fee waivers to low-income adults age 19 and over.  The application fee waivers can be used to pay the application fees to CUNY ($65/$70) and to SUNY Empire State College ($50).  View additional information here.  

All Schools: Health and Mental Hygiene professional development opportunity

Contact Scott Bloom

NYC Department of Education in collaboration with NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is offering all high school personnel a free professional development opportunity developed by Kognito Interactive. The training teaches participants how to identify, approach, and refer students who show signs of psychological distress. View event flyer.  Access summary and instructions here

FREE Recruitment Webinar provided by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA)

Archived webinar designed to educate student athletes, parents, coaches, counselors, and administrators on the recruitment process for student athletes. Topics include: Scholarship Myths & Facts, the NCAA & NAIA Eligibility Centers, NCAA Core Course Requirements, and much more! Registration options: 
 Student-Athlete/Parent or High School Staff.   

All Schools: National High School Center Webinars

Archived Webinars covering College & Career Readiness and other relevant educational topics, accessed here

All Schools: Resources for supporting students with disabilities

School counselors supporting students with disabilities can access professional development resources available through NYC DOE intranet: Professional Development Toolkit ; Webinars on IEPs, Behavior Support, & Universal Design for Learning and SESIS Job Aids. View internet resources here.

All Schools: Education Week Webinars

View Education Week webinars on relevant topics, accessed at here.

Disclaimer: The NYC Department of Education does not endorse and is not responsible for the policies and practices of external partners.  All work with external partners should be conducted in accordance with the Chancellor's Regulations.