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

new! 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
Tuesday, January 20th
8:15 AM to 3:15 PM
UFT headquarters
52 Broadway, 19th Fl. room BC
New York, NY
closed out
Monday, February 2nd
8:30 AM to 12 PM
28-11 Queens Plaza North
room 510
Long Island City, NY
closed out

All Schools: Medal of Honor Character Development Program Training

Event: January 9, 2015
Registration link: (
A flyer is available (

new!  This full day training for school counselors, school social workers, and SAPIS counselors will provide you with all the tools you need 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 curriculum kit at no cost.
  • Particpate in model lessons.
  • Learn best practices for their schools.
  • Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and lunch.

All Middle Schools: College and Career Readiness Workshop

Event: January 23, 2015
A registration flyer is available (
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
A flyer is available (

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 flyer (here) 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:

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.