Guidance

Announcements


Please note the following "Guidance Bulletin" announcements shared with you by the Office of Guidance and School Counseling.

Special thanks to the Office of Student Enrollment for the announcements on high school admissions!


ADVISE MIDDLE SCHOOL FAMILIES ON HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS

        Middle school counselors / Deadline: Early September

Meet with families of all middle school students in September to plan their journey through High School Admissions. The Student Enrollment Management System (SEMS) provides an email template for families of all middle school students that can be used for initial outreach.



2015 HARLEM WEEK HISTORIC BLACK COLLEGES FAIR & EXPO

The 2015 Harlem Week Historic Black Colleges Fair & Expo will be held on Saturday, August 15 from 12 PM to 5 PM on West 135th Street between Malcom X and A.C. Powell Jr. Blvds.  Over 60 historic black colleges and universities will provide information on admissions, scholarships, financial aid, alumni, and career opportunities. 

A flyer is available here.  For more information on Harlem Week events, call 1-877-427-5364 or visit harlemweek.com.


  
OSBORNE ASSOCIATION YOUTH ACTION COUNCIL 

        All high school counselors

The Osborne Association offers supportive programming for children and youth with incarcerated parents and resources for those working with children.  The Osborne Association’s mission is to provide opportunities for individuals who have been in conflict with the law to transform their lives through innovative, effective, and replicable programs that serve the community by reducing crime and its human and economic costs.

The Osborne Association is currently seeking students for its 2015-2016 Youth Action Council.  To be eligible, students should be between the ages of 15 and 18, and should have a parent who is or has been incarcerated.  Students will earn a stipend for their participation in this youth leadership activity (food and metrocards are also included). Students will gain invaluable experience in public speaking, learning about the criminal justice system, gain a positive peer support network, and more.

Youth Action Council meetings will be held on Thursday afternoons from October 2015 through June 2016 from 4 PM – 6 PM for a total of 30 sessions.  Meetings will be held at the Osborne Association's Brooklyn Office, 175 Remsen Street, 8th Fl., Brooklyn, NY.  (The location is easily accessible by the 2, 3, 4, 5, N, R, A, C, F trains.)

For further information, please see this flyer or contact Lutful Khan at 718-637-6597 or lkhan@osborneny.org.


  
NYC COLLEGE LINE - 2015 DESIGN MY FUTURE CONTEST

        All high school counselors

NYC College Line launched a new scholarship contest this month.  The 2015 Design My Future Contest scholarship is open to current NYC high school and college students.  To apply, students are prompted, "If you could take a picture, draw an  image or create a painting of who you are and where you want to be after college, what would that look like?"  Additional information on the schoalrship contest is available here.  A flyer is available here.


  
STUDENTS IN TEMPORARY HOUSING NEWSLETTER

        All school counselors and social workers

The Students in Temporary Housing team of the NYC DOE Office of Safety and Youth Development is thrilled to share the first edition of its new newsletter.  This edition includes:

  • professional development opportunities
  • colllege and scholarship information
  • student success stories
  • tips for ATS reports and more!

  
RESPONDING TO BEHAVIORAL CRISES: DE-ESCALATION AND CONTACTING 911 FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES  

        All school counselors and social workers

Effective on August 1, 2015, Chancellor's Regulation A-411 requires each school’s Crisis Intervention Team to develop a Crisis De-escalation Plan as part of its annual Consolidated Youth Development Plan, which will be due on October 31. Your Crisis De-escalation Plan must:    
  • include strategies for de-escalating behavioral crisis situations;
  • identify locations in the school building in which students in crisis may be safely isolated from others;
  • identify school staff trained in de-escalation techniques;
  • identify in-school and community resources available to the school and parents/guardians; and
  • describe how crisis de-escalation and response protocols  are communicated to school staff. 
For more detailed information on the policies and procedures for responding to behavioral crises and determining when to contact 911 for emergency medical assistance, please see this document and the De-Escalation public page.  If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact your Network Youth Development Liaison. 



JOIN ADVISORY GROUP FOR LGBTQ STUDENTS

        All school counselors and social workers

The NYC DOE Office of Guidance and School Counseling is establishing an advisory group that will discuss concerns specific to LGBTQ students.

The hope is to have an equal representation of school counselors and social workers from each of the boroughs.  Ensuring that our school communities have a physically and psychologically safe space so that our students can be fully present to their education, is a part of our professional responsibility.

If you would like to contribute to this work and join other interested colleagues in having these discussions which can lead to supports for youth, please contact Jaye Murray, Senior Administrator of Guidance and School Counseling, at JMurray7@schools.nyc.gov or 212-374-2530.



SAFE SPACE STICKERS AVAILABLE THROUGH GLSEN

        All school counselors and social workers

  A Safe Space is a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students.  According to the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network's National School Climate Survey, a biennial survey of LGBTQ secondary school students, school may not always feel like a safe place for LGBTQ students.  All schools are invited to avail themselves of Safe Space materials and stickers as a step towards ensuring that all students feel welcome and safe.

Educators can make a big difference! For many students, simply knowing that allies exist can be a source of support. Research shows that LGBTQ students with many supportive educators feel safer at school, skip fewer classes, and earn higher grades than students without supportive educators. Display these stickers throughout your school or on an office door to show support to LGBTQ students and let students know where their allies are should events of bullying occur. Check out GLSEN’s Safe Space Kit while you wait for your stickers. Stickers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Order your school’s Safe Space Stickers here now! 



COLLEGE BOARD RESOURCES FOR STUDENT ATHELETES

        High school counselors
 
The College Board has developed comprehensive resources to ensure that student athletes' academic coursework and college planning meet their unique needs.

The College Board also offers the following resources for college counselors:
In addition, college counselors can participate in a national movement by joining the College Board's Apply to 4 or More Campaign



ARMED SERVICES VOCATIONAL APTITUDE BATTERY (ASVAB)

        High school counselors

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 (vivian.e.moss4.civ@mail.mil, 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.)