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

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. 

  • Academic Planning: ensuring that students, families, and the entire school community are familiar with promotion and graduation standards, and that students pursue a rigorous instructional program aligned to their academic needs
  • Postsecondary Planning: ensuring that students and families are aware of the range of secondary and postsecondary schools and programs available, and have the opportunity to plan for and make informed choices regarding their secondary and post-secondary pathways
  • Personal-Social Development: ensuring that all students have the opportunity to develop their social-emotional competencies, make positive contributions to the school and surrounding community, and become equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to support a healthy and productive future

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School and Community Highlights

Updates! CUNY ROTC- The City University of New York is expanding Army Senior ROTC opportunities and Military Science class offerings to students in CUNY's system. CUNY students will have no obligation to enroll and cadets may become eligible for an allowance of up to $500. View additional information or contact Colonel Juan Howie at 718-262-3774, or visit 

Crises in Schools

Center 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

NYSED recently announced three changes to high school diploma options. New York City public schools can access the following relevant resources available through the intranet:

NYC Department of Education has established social media guidelines.  Feedback related to these new guidelines can be directed to

Common Sense Media provides a wealth of resources promoting safe and responsible use of digital media. Educator resources section contains downloadable lesson plans much more! Check out videos here.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities


High Schools: Co-op Tech Applications Now Available for Fall 2013 

Events: Access flyer  and Application

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    

All Schools: St. John's Family Grief Program -Support sessions  

Events: Beginning January 2014 

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

All Schools: 2013-2014 Child Abuse Designated Liaison Training 

Events: Beginning September 20, 2013

View schedule here 

Trainings and support offered to New York City Department of Education Designated Liaisons. Please consult with your school's CFN Youth Development Manager for further assistance.

All Schools: Fostering Respect for All Trainings  

Events: Access March 2014 Schedule of Trainings here 

Full-day professional development opportunities for New York City Department of Education K-12 teachers and counselors are provided to assist participants in implementing an age-appropriate curriculum model Fostering Respect for All: empowering students to Move from Bystanders to Allies.  

High Schools:College Board Fall Counselor Workshops 

Events: Various Dates 

Register online at

High School Counselors and College Advisors encouraged to participate. 

High Schools: Options Institute College Access and Success for All Students-HS Counselor Training  

Events: Ongoing DOE Cohorts
Register Online at: http://www/

Free professional development event presented by the Center for New York City Affairs. View registration link for additional information. 

All Schools: Guidance Expo - White Plains, NY

Dates: Annual Event held each October

Registration for the 2014 date TBA.

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.

High Schools: Supporting the Academic Success of Student Athletes

Access presentation documents for the Tuesday, Nov 5th, 2013 event: NCAA Presentation Document

Contact: Margarita Suero-Duran at  

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.  

All Schools: NYC McKinney Vento Workshops 

Ongoing Events: Register at NYS-TEACHS Website 

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.  

High Schools: Spring 2014 College Fair / Conference for HS Counselors & College Advisors

Event: Thursday, February 27, 2014 (LIU, Bklyn Campus) & Friday, February 28, 2014 (Lehman College, Bronx)
Event has passed. Access workshop resouces below.

Contact: Margarita Suero-Duran at

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:

All Schools: Crisis Communications and Safety Planning (Manhattan Location)

Dates: Monday, May 12, 2014 8:15a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Online pre-registration required:  Manhattan

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

Middle and High Schools: Overcoming Obstacles Special Topics Workshop Session-Fostering Student Leadership Through Service Learning

Event: Friday, May 9th, 2014 - 9:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Email: Margarita Suero-Duran at

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   

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.  

High Schools: 2014 SUNY School Counselor Forum

Event: Friday, May 9th, 2014 - 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Pre-registration required at: or by calling 800-342-3811

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: College and Career Readiness Benchmarks: Preparing Students for Success

Event: Friday, May 9th and Friday, May 23, 2014 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm in Lower Manhattan

OELL invites high school guidance counselors, ELL Coordinators and assistant principals of guidance to a two-day workshop focusing on impacting the socio-emotional support, academic programming and placement, and college and career readiness of our English Language Learners (ELLs).   Participants will gain an understanding of academic policy as it applies to the appropriate programming and placement of high school ELLs, supporting student achievement through an introduction of the Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism, and School Engagement initiative, and identifying resources for supporting ELLs in enrolling, persisting and succeeding in college.  This workshop will be held in a location in lower Manhattan; the exact location will be provided upon registration.  Click here to pre-register; for additional information, please email Deyci Rodriguez.

High Schools: The 2014 Morris & Eve Brown Foundation Award 

Application Deadline: April 1, 2014
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 
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.

All Schools: Webinar-Preventing Underage Drinking

Events: Ongoing Visit: 

FREE webinar series on undergage drinking offered throughout 2013 by the Interagency Coodinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD). Child Mind Institute  

All Schools: Child Mind Institute  

Events: Ongoing


Free workshops are offered online and in person on various topics including child development and understanding childhood disorders.  

All Schools: New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) Suicide Prevention Trainings

Event: Ongoing
Visit: OMH website 

A range of training opportunities are offered through OMH in order to build capacity for suicide prevention.   

High Schools: Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential Webinar


Event: Ongoing
Location: Online

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).

All Schools: Loss and Bereavement Program for Children and Adolescents -JBFCS

Dates: Ongoing  

Contact: 212-632-4692 or 212-632-4760      

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

Middle and High Schools: Teen Talk Kit (TTK)

Questions:  Email or Scott Bloom at

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.

All Schools: Social Media Resources for training students on Internet Safety & Responsibility  

Questions: email

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).

High Schools: College Fair Calendar

The 2013-2014 College Fair Calendar accessed at the HESC Website .

High Schools: CUNY Start recruitment

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.

High Schools: College Connections Project Fee Waivers Opportunity

Contact: 212-961-5853 

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

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

Event: FREE Recruitment Webinar provided by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA)

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.   

All Schools: National High School Center Webinars

Archived Webinars covering College & Career Readiness and other relevant educational topics, accessed 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: College Board Webinars and Webcasts

Guidance personnel are encouraged to view NOSCA webinar here

All Schools: Education Week Webinars

View Education Week webinars on relevant topics, accessed at here.  

Additional Opportunities

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.  

    The School Counseling Profession

    School Counseling Frameworks (2011) - A presentation outline recently prepared by the School Counseling Frameworks Committee, a collaborative effort of the NYC Department of Education and the UFT Guidance Chapter. This downloadable resource illustrates an overview of the function of Professional School Guidance Counselors within the context of contemporary comprehensive school counseling and guidance frameworks. Inquiries pertaining to this resource may be directed to 

    School Guidance Counselors in NYC Public Schools (2006) - A brochure developed by the NYC Department of Education and the UFT Guidance Chapter providing a brief, illustrative overview of the school counseling function in NYC public schools.

    ASCA updates regarding the new edition of the ASCA National Model. Are you a "Model School Counselor"?

    ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors

    ASCA School Counselor Competencies

    ASCA National Standards for Students

    ASCA - Role of the School Counselor

    ASCA video clip focusing on the topic of
    School Counselor-Principal Partnership. Also, access here video clip (Jan 2009) capturing words by Congressman Vernon J. Ehlers (R-MI) regarding the important contribution of school counselors nationwide. 

    CollegeBoard's Advocay & Policy Center's National Office of School Counseling Advocacy (NOSCA) present an overview of the findings of a recent national study surveying over 5,000 middle and high school counselors.  Access recorded webinar here. View additional archived webinars here.  

    College Board wide range of resources include: The Counseling Profession - a handy CollegeBoard webpage for High School Counselors and College Advisors, containing  Year-End To-Do List, Creating your School Profile, Creating Handbooks and Newsletters, Supporting a College-Going Culture (view the PDF document Creating a College-Going Culture Guide), College Application Checklist for Students, and much more!

    NACAC Statement on Counselor Competencies (2000)

    NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (2010)  

    National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), School Counseling Standards

    NCDA - Career Counseling Competencies

    NYSED 2012 School Administrator's Manual - A resource for school administrators and counselors outlining key State testing information including guidelines for Regents, RCTs and Second Language Proficiency Testing.

    NYSED Part 100 Regulations [100.2 General School Requirements -Guidance Programs]
    NYSUT and NYSSCA statement on performance reviews
    NYSUT and NYSSCA FAQ on Annual Professional Performance Review for School Counselors . Questions or comments can be directed to

    NYSSCA statement 
    in support of school counselors state-wide. Every student deserves access to a professional school counselor!   

    NYSSCA presentation document: What can a School Counselor do for you?

    Information on becoming a school counselor:
         NYC DOE Pupil Personnel Services webpage 

    Professional Associations

    Key Resources

    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


    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.