Personal-Social Development

Guidance personnel ensure that all students have the opportunity to develop their social-emotional competencies, make positive contributions to the school and their communities, and become equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to support a healthy and productive future.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

View complete list of upcoming opportunities at our Guidance Portal main page   

Key Information

Crisis Response 

Child Abuse and Educational Neglect Requirements - Chancellor's Regulation A-750, as well as resources to support compliance with State laws regarding child abuse prevention and intervention.  

  • 2013-2014 Child Abuse Liaison Training begins September 20, 2013.  Access schedule here.
  • New! Foster Care and Education Q&A - The uninterrupted Scholars Act: How do recent changes to FERPA help child welfare agencies get access to school records?

Child Mind Institute Hurricane Sandy Resources - Including:Helping Children Cope after a Natural Disaster (Guide) Helping Children Cope with the Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy (Video),and the Symptom Checker (Online Tool) 

Students Living in Temporary Housing Requirements - Chancellor's Regulation A-780, as well as resources to support students in temporary housing

Student Planning Interview Process (High Schools) - Updated attendance resources available to DOE personnel through the Principals' Portal attendance page.

Student-to-Student Harassment, Intimidation, and/or Bullying - Chancellor's Regulation A-832 and Respect for All brochures (including translated versions)

Supporting Students with Disabilities

Suicide Prevention / Intervention

School Climate and Safety

Best Practices Standards for Creating and Maintaining a Safe and Supportive School Climate (2012-2013)

Discipline Code (2012) - New York City Department of Education Citywide Standards of Discipline and Intervention Measures, and Bill of Student Rights and Responsibilities K-12 (includes translated versions)

Respect For All Resources

The importance of promoting respect for diversity in our daily practice is vital to creating and sustaining an inclusive school climate and culture in each of our schools so that all students feel valued, supported and safe. Resources, including websites that offer free curricular, video and other classroom resources, professional development opportunities, fact sheets, research and other materials are available at Respect For All Resources

Social Media Resources for training students on Internet Safety and Responsibility  

To address Federal and State requirements to better prepare students for responsible internet use, schools will receive a CD of instructional materials by November 1 from “iSafe,” a NYCDOE curriculum partner. This resource is designed to educate students on the elements of good digital citizenship and addresses topics such as cyber bullying, appropriate behavior on social networking sites, and responsible electronic communication. In addition, free instructional resources for students are available online. Schools may opt to register for any of the following: iSafe, providing free K-12 curriculum; Common Sense Media, providing lesson plans and videos for students in grades K-12; and EverFi, providing gaming materials for students in grades 6-8. These resources are aligned with NYCDOE Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (IAUSP) For questions, email  

Mental Health, Community, & Youth Development

ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

- Providing multiple online resources in youth development including powerpoint presentations with accompanying narration

AAFSC – the Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) launched their domestic violence program, Beit Amal or “House of Hope” in January 2010 to address the critical need for culturally competent services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, teen dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in the Arab American community. Services provided by Beit Amal include direct services to victims and survivors of violence, counseling, school-based workshops for teens, staff trainings, support and empowerment groups for girls and women, referrals, and community outreach and education.  For additional information about Beit Amal services, please contact Sara Elghobashy at (347) 560-6577 or For all other social services provided by AAFSC, please contact the main office at (718) 643-8000 or visit the AAFSC website

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) - a clearinghouse of materials relating to Social Emotional Learning, including Safe and Sound: An Educator's Guide to Social Emotional Learning Programs.

Comunilife - A non-for-profit health and human services agency providing comprehensive services including mental health, social services and housing.
Services include: "Life is Precious," a Latina Suicide Prevention Program and the VIDA Guidance Center

Crisis Management Institute (Free Resources Section)  - School Counselors, teachers, administrators and other school personnel may access suggestions for strategic practices in crisis management.

Dating Matters Initiative - Includes a 60-minute, web-based training designed to help educators, youth-serving organizations, and others working with teens understand the risk factors and warning signs associated with teen dating violence. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with Liz Claiborne Inc.  Email or click here to learn more about teen dating violence prevention. 

DayOne Youth Group for Survivors of Intimate Partner Abuse provides opportunities for a safe environment for young adults to talk, listen, share, and support each other as survivors of intimate partner violence. DayOne services are free and confidential. For additional information visit DayOne website at

New! Health Information Tools for Empowerment (HITE) is a resource for medical, mental health and related services in New York. Click on Search for Programs and Resources for the School, Youth and Family “button” which provides a wealth of resources in areas such as: after-school programs/youth groups, child car/day care, counseling for children, domestic abuse/victims’ services, early childhood education, family financial and welfare services, home-based family support, LGBTQ services, mentoring, parenting support, psychological testing for youth, summer youth programs, and tutoring.

New York State Student Support Services Center Newsletter "Making Connections" – includes current and past issues

NYCDOE School-Based Mental Health Programs - an at-a-glance overview

New! Office of Adolescent Health - A division of the US Department of Health & Human Services providing a wide range of resources on the topic of adolescent health. View here information posted Feb 8, 2012 addressing the topic of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention. 

Sesame Street's New Divorce Initiative - Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce provides a range of multimedia tools to help families with young children (2-8) cope with divorce and separation. View project overview and announcement

The Citywide Mental Health Youth Resource Flyer - resources available to students and families

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City Metro, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro) Flyer - this group provides support for families and individuals who live with mental illness. Their free programs and services are designed to help meet the mental health needs of all New Yorkers

The Nurse-Family Partnership program provides free nurse-home visiting services to low-income first-time moms to help them develop strong parenting and life management skills starting when the client is pregnant up until her child turns two years old.

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    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.