Welcome to the New York City Department of Education Guidance Portal, dedicated to the sharing of resources for School Counselors, partner professionals and school community members supporting student success! We thank you for visiting the Guidance Portal regularly. For inquiries, please email Guidance@schools.nyc.gov
Comprehensive School Counseling
School counselors are a unique group of educators who collaborate with all members of the school community to provide comprehensive support services with the goal of positively impacting the academic achievement, postsecondary preparedness, and personal-social development of New York City public school students.
Crises in SchoolsCenter for School Mental Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine- List of Resources for Dealing with Traumatic Events in Schools; Talking To Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers.Child Mind Institute - Resources for helping children cope with crises
Crisis Response: Hurricane Sandy
NYC Department of Education has established social media guidelines. Feedback related to these new guidelines can be directed to email@example.com
Health Information Tools for Empowerment (HITE) http://www.hitesite.org/ 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.
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 through the intranet at Respect For All Resources.
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. Access flyer to learn when events are being hosted and what students should bring with them. View additional information here or contact Ms. Leslie Sims, Guidance Counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org
St John’s Family Grief Program – FREE OF CHARGE - Once a week evening support groups for children ages 5-17 who had a loved one die, and their caregivers. Sessions beginning January 2014 are held at St. John’s University Queens Campus. Contact: Ms. Trish Batchelor, at 718-990-2367. Additional information accessed at http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/centers/community_services/psychology/partners/family_grief_program.stj
Free professional development event presented by the Center for New York City Affairs. View registration link for additional information.
This FREE annual professional development event is open to all guidance counselors and college advisors. View additional information, including presentation handouts at Guidance Expo website.
UPDATED 11/20/13 -The Office of Safety & Youth Development & Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) in collaboration with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) presented this half-day professional development opportunity for HS Guidance Counselors,College Advisors, Athletic Directors and School Administrators to build capacity in providing support to our student athletes. Event included keynote address by Dr. Mark A. Emmert, President of NCAA.
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.
Full-day professional development opportunity presented by the Office of Safety & Youth Development in collaboration with the Office of Postsecondary Readiness and Career Council, Inc., participants met with college admission representatives from across the nation and attended relevant workshops to enhance college and career readiness planning at their schools. Access workshops documents:
Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, STH, SAPIS, Crisis Team members, Youth Development Specialists and other support staff are encouraged to participate in this FREE workshop presented by the Samaritans of New York in association with the NYC Department of Education and made possible through major funding from NYC council Member Joel Rivera and the Neuberger Berman Foundation. For additional information, access May 12 event flyer.
The May 9th Special Topics Workshop delivered by Overcoming Obstacles will provide a complete resource for educators to help youth to develop leadership skills and execute successful service learning projects.Seating is limited! With prior approval from the school principal, educators may submit the registration template to Margarita Suero-Duran at email@example.com Since 2010, the Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Program has been made available free of charge to NYC public schools serving middle schools and high schools students Access the NYC DOE overview page here.
Each spring SUNY Campuses and SUNY System Administration invite NYC School Counselors and College Advisors to a counselor fourm designated for interaction and discussion. The May 9th event will be held at 333 W 42nd St, New York NY (College of Optometry, Schwartz Theater). Presentation topics will include Engineering Technology Majors, Financial Planning, Visual and Performing Arts Majors, and more!
High Schools: The 2014 Morris & Eve Brown Foundation Award
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014Contact: Paul S. Sibener, ESQ
The Foundation will award $2,000 to select graduating seniors. NYC public schools are encouraged to submit applications for no more than TWO eligible candidates for consideration. Prospective candidates will be high school seniors graduating in June 2014 who have demonstrated excellence in language, and who will be enrolling in college in the Fall of 2014 majoring in language (English or foreign). Please access application details here.
Brooklyn High Schools Only: The 2014 Charles Robertson Scholarship Award
Event: April 24, 2014 Contact: Margarita Suero-Duran
The 2014 Charles Robertson Scholarship Award will be presented to ONE male and ONE female student graduating from a Brooklyn public school in June 2014. Brooklyn high schools are encouraged to submit applications for no more than TWO eligible candidates for consideration. Please access application details here.
FREE webinar series on undergage drinking offered throughout 2013 by the Interagency Coodinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD). Child Mind Institute http://www.childmind.org/en/events/
Free workshops are offered online and in person on various topics including child development and understanding childhood disorders.
A range of training opportunities are offered through OMH in order to build capacity for suicide prevention.
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 webpage. 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).
Bereavement groups will be offered by JBFCS free of charge to children and adolescents at 135 W 50th St. Manhattan. For information, please contact 212-632-4692 or 212-632-4760
Free multimedia resources provided by the NYC Department of Health and Hygiene and developed to enhance intruction or small group learning opportunities delivered through guidance sessions, advisories, health class, etc. View informational flyer here.
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 support guidance set forth in the NYCDOE Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (IAUSP).
The 2013-2014 College Fair Calendar accessed at the HESC Website .
Recruitment has begun for Fall 2012 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. See program overview flyer and learn more by visiting the CUNY website here.
College Connections Project at the Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center provides college application fee waivers to low-income adults age 19 and over. The application fee waivers can be used to pay the application fees to CUNY ($65/$70) and to SUNY Empire State College ($50). View additional information here
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.
Archived webinar designed to educate student athletes, parents, coaches, counselors, and administrators on the recruitment process for student athletes. Topics include: Scholarship Myths & Facts, the NCAA & NAIA Eligibility Centers, NCAA Core Course Requirements, and much more! Registration options: Student-Athlete/Parent or High School Staff.
Archived Webinars covering College & Career Readiness and other relevant educational topics, accessed here
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
Guidance personnel are encouraged to view NOSCA webinar here.
View Education Week webinars on relevant topics, accessed at here.
Reminder! A wide range of additional opportunities are regularly updated on the Quick Links section of the Teacher Page under PD + Student Opportunities.
Guidance personnel are encouraged to visit the portal regularly and to contact the CFN Guidance/Youth Development Liaison for their school regarding additional opportunities that may be available through their network.
Principals' Portal and Office of School & Youth Development (DOE Intranet)School counselors are reminded to contact their CFN Youth Development Liaison for support. We are continually updating the Guidance Portal and we welcome suggestions for improvement! Please e-mail comments, questions, and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.