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!




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.  


  
COLLEGE BOARD WEBINAR: AVOIDING SUMMER MELT

        All high school counselors

High school counselors can help their seniors to avoid summer melt by preparing them a successful transition from high school to college from a district, school and community partnership approach.  The College Board is offering a webinar Avoiding Summer Melt on May 26, 2015 at 1 PM.  Further information on the webinar 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

The NYC DOE is in the process of establishing policy and procedures regarding intervention, de-escalation, and contacting 911 for students experiencing behavioral crises.  Once approved, the new Chancellor's Regulation will become effective on August 1, 2015.  The new regulation will include the following:  
  • Set forth policies and procedures for schools to follow as they determine whether to call 911 in response to behavioral crises;
  • Expand the role of schools’ Crisis Intervention Teams to include assisting with the de-escalation of incidents involving behavioral crises; and
  • Require that each crisis intervention team develop a crisis de-escalation plan as part of its consolidated school and youth development plan. In this plan, schools will need to identify: strategies for de-escalating behavioral crisis situations, staff members trained in de-escalation techniques, locations where students in crisis may be safely isolated within the school, and school and community resources available to students and parents.
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. 


 
BUILD A BETTER SCHOOL CONTEST

        All school counselors / Deadline: May 20, 2015

New York City high, middle and elementary school students are invited to submit a three-minute video telling why their school is in need and the project they would undertake to make it better – if they had the money. 

The winners will be selected based on:
  • the school’s need;
  • the spirit of collaboration demonstrated in the video and the proposed project;
  • the creativity of the project; and
  • how the project will help strengthen the school community.
The deadline for video submissions is May 20, 2015.  The submission form is available here.  For further details, please see this flyer.  For questions, please email hferguson@nymcu.org.  



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


    
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 path to high school. The Student Enrollment Management System (SEMS) provides an email template for families of all middle school students that can be used for initial outreach.

  • Facilitate presentations for middle school families on the Introduction to High School Admissions: 2014 Family Workshop Series Information Packet.  For the families of 6th and 7th grade students, emphasize the importance of 7th grade report cards, test scores, and attendance in terms of the data, which will be reviewed for selective high school programs.  Ensure that the families of 8th grade students are familiar with the high school admissions timeline.   ------------------------------------------------------------------------- jl;j;j'jllllllllllll  ---------------------------------------------------     -------------
  • Work with the families of 8th grade students to develop their list of desired programs, create a calendar of information sessions, auditions and tests (if applicable), and fairs they plan to attend.



RELATED SERVICES COUNSELING SESSION ATTENDANCE
 

        All school counselors and social workers

Please note that DOE related services counseling providers are no longer required to call IVR to record first attend dates or to add students to their caseloads. Effective September 4, 2014, school-based users have inquiry-only access in CAP and no longer have access to SEC.

Principals should ensure that all related services providers have access to a networked computer and sufficient time during the workday to manage their SESIS caseloads and to enter session attendance. Resources will be posted on the SESIS website as they become available; instructions on how to record the provision of services for DOE providers are now available on that page. 


 
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.)