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.

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
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
Monday, February 9th
8:15 AM to 3:15 PM
NYC DOHMH - Gotham Center
42-09 28th St, 3rd Floor
Long Island City, NY

All Schools: Citywide Attendance Professional Development

Event: November 4, 2014
Register: (

new! The Office of Safety and Youth Development's Attendance team will host a citywide professional development day for attendance teachers (Clusters 2, 5, and 6), network attendance managers and school-based staff who want to learn more about good attendance practices.  Workshops topics will address some of the common reasons that students miss school and ways schools can set up systems to encourage good attendance.  

Registration is strictly required. Attendees must bring the Eventbrite Ticket to be admitted.  The registration link is available here.  For questions, please email

College Preparation Tools for 9th and 10th Grade Students

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

new! 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. 

Elementary Schools & Middle Schools: Citywide Professional Development Day - Promoting Pro-Social Behavior: Positive, Equitable, Progressive Discipline

Event: November 4, 2014
Registration link: closed out

Registration is now closed.  All seats have been filled.

The Office of Guidance and School Counseling will host a citywide professional development day for elementary school and middle school counselors & social workers on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4 from 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM at Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers, 411 Pearl St , New York, NY.  The theme will be Promoting Pro-Social Behavior: Positive, Equitable, Progressive Discipline.

We will only be able to accommodate the first 225 school counselors and social workers who have already registered.  Lunch will be provided.  Further details will be provided here at the Guidance Portal.  For questions, please email

All Schools: Overcoming Obstacles

Events: October 1, 2014 & November 19, 2014
Margarita Suero-Duran 

The Overcoming Obstacles Life Skill Curriculum Program builds the capacity of middle school and high school educators to help students develop skills they will need to succeed including communication, decision-making and goal-setting.  With prior approval from their principal, school personnel may pre-register for one or more Overcoming Obstacles Special Topics workshops by emailing Margarita Suero-Duran at  

Please indicate: Session Date, Participant Name & Title, DOE email, Phone Number, School Name and DBN#, Grade Levels Served, Principal’s Name, and Principal’s Email Address.  Seating is limited, and registration will be confirmed in the order received.  We thank our host schools for their gracious hospitality! · 

Tools for Conflict Resolution
Wednesday October 1st from 9 a.m. — 11:30 am
Hosted by M.S. 443, 330 18 Street, Brooklyn, NY

Fostering Student Leadership Through Service Learning
Wednesday, November 19 from 9 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
Hosted by the High School of Arts & Technology, MLK, Jr. campus
122 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY.

Easy Talk, Tough Talk: Helping Students Communicate for Success!
Friday, December 5th from 9 a.m.—11:30 a.m.
Hosted by Explorations Academy
1619 Boston Road, Bronx, NY

All Schools: 2014-2015 Child Abuse Designated Liaison Training 

Events: Beginning September 2014
Schedule is available (

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.

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)

new! 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). 

All Schools:  Leadership Summit - Bullying Prevention at I.S. 228

Event:  October 25, 2014 
Register: (

new! I.S. 228 David A. Boody Junior High School (21K228) is hosting its own Leadership Summit at I.S. 228: Bullying Prevention & Management Strategies on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 8 AM to 4 PM.  A flyer is available here.  The event is open to community leaders, administrators, educators, counselors, as well as students and parents.  Students must be accompanied by a parent.  Workshop topics and descriptions are available here. 

High Schools: College Fairs

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

High Schools: Nominate your 10th Grade Boys to Become a NYC Urban Ambassador Application

Deadline: October 31, 2014
Nicole Yarde

New York City Urban Ambassadors (NYCUA) leadership program is geared towards helping young men become positive role models by increasing their attitude and emotional well being towards academic and college success. In furtherance of this program, the DEA is seeking 30 young men from the 10th grade to participate in a three-year college bound program. There is no limit to the number of student applicants per school who can be nominated. Please see this flyer for more details. To learn more about the leadership program, please visit this site. The application form can be completed here.

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.)

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: 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: 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).

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).

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.