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:

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
closed out
Tuesday, December 2nd
8:30 AM to 12 PM
715 Ocean Terrace
Building A, room 118
Staten Island, NY
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 Middle Schools: Domestic Violence PD for School Counselors and School Social Workers

Event: December 8, 2014
Registration link: (here)
A flyer is available (here).

 EDIFY-Communities of New York in collaboration with the St. Paul Community Baptist Church, CONNECT, and the NYC DOE Office of Guidance & School Counseling present the DOVE Initiative: Domestic Violence and Empowerment Initiative.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  The event will be hosted by the Academy for Young Writers (19K404), 1065 Elton Street, Brooklyn, NY.

College Preparation Tools for 9th and 10th Grade Students

Event: December 17, 2014
Registration link: (here)

Please join the Office of Guidance and School Counseling & the Office of Postsecondary Readiness for this workshop on college preparation tools for 9th and 10th grade students.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 8 AM to 3 PM at the American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway, New York, NY. 

All Schools: Respect for All

Events: beginning September 2014 
Schedule is available (

For the 2014-15 school year, the Office of Safety and Youth Development is offering Respect for All (RFA) trainings to assist schools in preventing and responding to bullying behavior.
Respect for All (RFA) Training – "Empowering Students to Move From Bystanders to Allies" (1 Day)
A full day training is available on a new K-5 or 6-12 curriculum module, "Fostering Respect for All: Empowering Students to Move From Bystanders to Allies."  Schools may use this student engagement module as a prevention strategy, an intervention strategy or both.  The module is designed so that the sequential lessons can be used either in “pull out” small group workshops that engage a group of 10-15 students who have been selected for inclusion in a workshop to empower them to become allies or for “push in” full class instruction.

Staff members must receive permission from their principal to attend these RFA trainings. Please email to register. 

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.