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.

Professional Development Opportunities:

All Middle Schools and High Schools: Suicide Prevention and Intervention Trainings

Events: beginning November 2014

The Office of Guidance and School Counseling in partnership with the Office of School Health will facilitate trainings on suicide prevention and intervention for middle school and high school counselors and social workers.  The training will focus on essential strategies including the QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) approach.

Date:   Location:  Registration Link:
Friday, November 14th
8:15 AM to 3:15 PM
UFT Brooklyn Borough Office
335 Adams Street, 25th floor
  This event has ended. 
Tuesday, December 2nd
8:30 AM to 12 PM
715 Ocean Terrace
Building A, room 118
Staten Island, NY
 This event has ended.
Monday, January 12th
9 AM to 1 PM    
1 Fordham Plaza
room 838
Bronx, NY 10458
This event has ended.
Tuesday, January 20th
8:15 AM to 3:15 PM
UFT headquarters
52 Broadway, 19th Fl. room BC
New York, NY
This event has ended.
Monday, February 2nd
8:30 AM to 12 PM
28-11 Queens Plaza North
room 510
Long Island City, NY
closed out

All High Schools: Cluster 1 and 4 Attendance Professional Development on High School Chancellor's Conference Day

Event: February 2, 2015
Al Lewin

Cluster 1 and 4 is hosting an Attendance Professional Development on Monday, February 2, 2015 (High School Chancellor's Conference Day) from 8:30 a.m. to 3:20 pm. at Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School, 240 2nd Avenue (14th Street and 2nd Avenue).  The focus will be Ways to Improve Student Attendance in your High School.  This professional development opportunity is available to all high school administrators, attendance coordinators, and school counselors.  Up to two representatives from a high school may attend this meeting.

Topics will include:
  • Research based school attendance improvement strategies;
  • The importance of developing a comprehensive school-wide attendance plan;
  • Ways to communicate the policy and procedures of your attendance plan to the staff, students and parents; 
  •  Strategies to raise your attendance rates by continually strengthening your attendance plan.
Breakfast and lunch will not be provided.  Please RSVP with Al Lewin at

All High Schools: Spring 2015 Academic Policy Workshop

Events: beginning March 2015

The NYC DOE Office of Guidance and School Counseling will host a series of Spring 2015 Academic Policy Workshops by borough.  The workshop will be facilitated by the NYC DOE Office of Academic Policy and Systems.  This presentation will review the High School Academic Policy Guide, and will provide the latest updates.  This presentation is designed for high school administrators, school counselors, and program chairs, who play a key role in academic policy.  Additional dates to follow.  No meals will be provided; please plan accordingly.

Date:   Location:  Registration Link:
Wednesday, March 18
9 AM to 12 PM
William E. Grady Career and
   Technical Education High School
25 Brighton 4 Road
Brooklyn, NY
Monday, March 23
9 AM to 12 PM
Manhattan Comprehensive Night
   and Day High School
240 2 Avenue (at 14th Street)
New York, NY
Tuesday, March 24
9 AM to 12 PM
715 Ocean Terrace
Building A, room 118
Staten Island, NY
Wednesday, March 25
9 AM to 12 PM    
Alfred E. Smith Career and
   Technical Education High School
333 East 151 Street
Bronx, NY

All Schools: 11th Annual UFT Guidance Counselors Conference

Event: March 14, 2015
Rosemarie Thompson, UFT Chapter Leader

The 11th Annual United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Guidance Counselors Conference, School Counselors: Collaborative, Supportive, Resourceful, will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015.  A brochure is available here.

Keynote speaker Carolyn Stone, Professor and Counselor Educator, will present on Implications of Recent Court Rulings: The Big Ten.  Workshop topics will include Social-Emotional LearningHelping Your Student Deal with Divorce, Bullying and Cyber-bullying, Creating Safer Schools for LGBT Young People, and more.

There is a registration fee of $30 for all attendees.  The registration fee covers meals and workshop sessions.  The registration link is available here.

All Schools: Medal of Honor Character Development Program Training

Event: April 24, 2015

School counselors, school social workers, and SAPIS Counselors are cordially invited to attend the Medal of Honor Character Development Program training, which will be held on Friday, April 24 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  Event locaition TBA.

This full day training will provide counselors with all the tools that are needed to bring the Medal of Honor Character Development Program into your schools.  This flexible, cross-curricular resource, which uses the oral histories of Medal of Honor recipients, focuses on how students can use these examples of courage, commitment, sacrifice, integrity, citizenship and patriotism to influence change in their own communities.

Attendees will:

- Receive the full curriculum kit at no cost
- Participate in model lessons
- Learn best practices for their schools
- Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and lunch

All High Schools: Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) Professional Development Workshop 

Event: January 20, 2015
Susan Nesbitt Perez, CICU

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) will host a professional development workshop on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Pace University NYC Campus, Aniello Bianco Room, One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038.  This PD workshop is designed for school counselors, college counselors, teachers, school administrators and community-based organization college advisors.  Independent college and university faculty, and admissions and financial aid professionals will share and facilitate discussions about innovative programs and the college admissions process. They will also provide updates on paying for college and applying for financial aid, and other important topics. 

A registration link is available (here).  For questions, please contact Susan Nesbitt Perez, CICU, at or 518-436-4781.

All Middle Schools: College and Career Readiness Workshop

Event: January 23, 2015
Registration is now closed
Margarita Suero-Duran

The Office of Guidance and School Counseling will host a College and Career Readiness Workshop, a full day of professional development for middle school counselors, on Friday, January 23 from 8:30 AM--3:30 PM at New York University.  Specifics of the location will be provided with the registration confirmation email.

The agenda will include:

  • impacting college and career readiness through the HS application process
  • fostering mindsets for postsecondary success
  • connecting standards and strategies in career development
For further details, please see the registration flyer (here).

All Elementary Schools: Child Abuse Prevention Program - Child Safety Workshop - New York Foundling

Event: January 23, 2015 or February 27, 2015
Registration flyers are available (
January 23 or February 27).

The New York Foundling facilitates Child Safety Workshops for third graders to provide them with the tools to decipher safe from unsafe touch, as well as the opportunity to speak privately with a prevention specialist or a school counselor directly following the workshop.  The Child Safety Workshop affords children who have already experienced some type of abuse the opportunity to ask for help and begin the process of intervention immediately.   

Elementary school counselors and school social workers who have not attended the New York Foundling's Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) professional training in the past three years are invited to attend the next training on January 23, 2015  from 9 AM to 2:30 PM at The New York Foundling, 27 Christopher Street, New York, NY.  The focus of the training will be Sexual Abuse of Children and Tools to Work With Families.  Please see the flyers (January 23 or February 27) for further information on how to register.
Elementary school counselors and school social workers who have attended the CAPP professional training in the last three years may contact The New York Foundling in order to schedule a CAPP Child Safety Workshop for third graders at your school.  To schedule these third grade student workshops at your school, please email or call 212-660-1375 or 212-660-1503.

All Schools: NYC McKinney Vento Workshops

Events: beginning November 2014
Register here.

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.  Additional information is available (here). 

Student Opportunities:

All High Schools in Community School Districts 7-12 in the Bronx: NYC Great! A Young Women's Leadership Initiative


new! The NYC DOE Office of Equity and Access is pleased to announce the launch of NYC Great! A Young Women’s Leadership Initiative. NYC Great! (Girls Reaching Every Apex Together) is designed to provide experiences that support the development of leadership and communication skills in young women who are currently attending high school. The program will begin with young women in the 9th grade, attending high schools serving community school districts 7-12 in the Bronx. Applicants are required to answer two short essay questions and attend a personal interview. 

We expect a GREAT Girl to:
 • Be comfortable in her leadership and ability to motivate others
 • Display academic motivation and self-determination
 • Maintain good academic and attendance standings
 • Have self-confidence with respect to college/career choices
 • Participate in leadership, community service or volunteer activities 
 • Aspire to attend college and/or pursue a career  

About the Applicant:
 • Meets the Title One category criteria
 • Meets the 9th grade criteria per credit accumulation
 • Should not be already involved in a college preparatory or leadership program
 • Has 85% or above attendance for the Fall 2014 semester

Applications will be accepted January 20 through February 27, 2015.  Access the application here.

For questions regarding the program or the application, email

All High Schools: 2015 National Youth Science Camp

Contact: Anthony Jaacks, NYS Education Department  

The online application to attend the 2015 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is now available here.  Two graduating high school students will be selected to represent New York at the all-expenses paid honors program which will be held from June 17 through July 11, 2015.  Additional information is available here

For questions about the application process, please contact Mr. Anthony Jaacks at 518-474-5922 or by e-mail at The National Youth Science Camp is hosted and operated by the National Youth Science Foundation.  All applications and all supporting documents/forms must be submitted online no later than March 1, 2015.

All High Schools: ASVAB Career Interest Inventory Testing

Contact: Vivian Moss

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Career Exploration Program provides a wide range of career exploration tools free to participating schools. 

For additional information or to schedule an ASVAB test date at your school, please contact Vivian Moss (, 718-765-7344).  

(N.B.:  As per
Chancellor's Regulation A-825, NYC DOE schools which administer the ASVAB must select Option 8, which does not permit the results to be released to military recruiters.)

High Schools: College Fairs

  • The 2014-2015 College Fair Calendar can be accessed at the HESC Website.  

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).  

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: Forsyth Satellite Academy

Forsyth Satellite Academy is a public transfer high school, which provides a smaller, student-centered environment.  Applicants must be at least 16 years of age with as few as five high school credits.  An Open House flyer is available (here).  Visit their website (here).

High Schools: Harvey Milk High School

Harvey Milk High School (HMHS) a small, public, transfer school is currently seeking applicants to join our diverse school community.   Applicants must meet one of the following criteria: 16 years old with 11-13 credits and 1-2 Regents; 17 years old with 16-19 credits and 3 or more Regents; or 18 years old with 22-25 credits and 3 or more Regents.  For futher details, a brochure and application are available. 

Professional Webinars:

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.

High Schools: College Board Fall Counselor Online Workshops High School

Counselors and College Advisors encouraged to participate. Register here.

All Schools: Child Mind Institute  

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

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: 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

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.