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Core Beliefs

The Paterson Public Schools Guidance Department is preventative and proactive in nature.  It focuses on each student’s potential growth within the context of his or her individual, family, and multicultural perspective.  To ensure that this service is available to all students, a counseling program is established in each school.  The goal of each program is to provide support to assist with academic, development, and career counseling which is necessary for student success.


The philosophy of the Guidance Program is a combination of academic, career and personal-social development that requires a collaborative effort among staff, parents and the community.






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Social Emotional Learning


In alignment with the district's reentry plan, Keeping the Promise, we will continue the pursuit of enhancing SEL Competence in our staff and implementing the competencies in our classrooms and beyond. To serve as a catalyst, you are being provided with three student SEL presentations (K-4, 5-8 and 9-12). Teachers are expected to present the PowerPoint to students and use their discretion with digging deeper. The embedded videos allow for in-depth conversations regarding the respective indicators and can be used in meaningful and organic ways. For added convenience, teachers may find the notes section helpful when presenting. Please decide upon the best route for students to receive this presentation during the first week of school. The activities can be implemented during homeroom and serve as a springboard for the SEL question of the day.

Social Emotional Learning Competancies and Indicators


We’ve Got You Covered
Administrator's Institute



SEL Presentation


Grades K-4




Grades 5-8




Grades 9-12




Elementary/Middle School Resources







Teaching about Race, Systemic Racism, and Social Justice


Superintendent Shafer's Letter to Parents


2020 Curriculum Resource Guide

Link to a Google Drive with the 2020 curriculum resources from Black Lives Matter with a plethora of articles, videos, lessons, books, etc. for all ages


Early Childhood/Elementary Resources - Grades Pre K-5

This link provides parents with 60+ resources to talk to their children about racism, some of which are books, but others use household items like eggs and crayons. - Grades Pre-K- 5

This website has a multitude of resources, videos and articles to help early childhood and elementary school educators and parents with the topic of social justice.


NEA - Grades Pre-K - 5

Article for educators “Creating the Space to Talk About Race in Your School” with links to additional resources provided by the NEA. - Grades Pre-K-5

20 Minute recording on Talking Race with Young Children - Grades K-5

Distance learning activities to help you talk about Black Lives Matter as a family or classroom for students in Grades K-8



Middle/High School Resources - Grades 6-8

Distance learning activities to help you talk about Black Lives Matter as a family or classroom for students in Grades K-8 - Grades 6-8

This link provides free resources to educators ... Discussing the George Floyd Demonstrations and Riots: Focus on "Black vs. Brown" 


PBS NewsHour Extra - Grades 6-12

PBS NewsHour Extra released a lesson plan for grades 6-12 about the death of George Floyd. The plan includes a news video (that omits the footage of Floyd's death) and discussion questions about the protests, police brutality, and media literacy.


New York Times - Grades 6-12

The New York Times' Learning Network shared an article about the protests, along with discussion questions, and opened comments for students to share their opinion.


The Pulitzer Center - Grades 6-12

The Pulitzer Center partnered with the New York Times to turn the 1619 Project, a collection of essays and literary works observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery, into a curriculum for teachers of all grade levels. The curriculum includes reading guides, activities, and other resources about the history of race in America.



Resources for all grade levels - Grades K-12

This article provides parents with advice on how to help their children to learn to accept one another specific to different age bands. - Pre K-12

This article provides advice and a short video on how to talk to kids about race, police, and protests. - Grades K-12

Eductors are provided with lesson plans on teaching about racism, violence, and inequality: Anti-Defamation League - K-12

Teaching About Race, Racism, and Police Violence:

Has embedded articles, PD, & classroom resources

“Related external resources” linked


Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - K-12

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture launched an online portal called Talking About Race that's designed to help steer conversations about racism, racial identity, and the way these forces shape every aspect of society.



Grades K-12 (Spanish Translation on site)


How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism

Hablar con su hijo sobre las razas y el racismo

There’s no question: talking about race can be sensitive, and yes, even a bit messy.



Self Education


Five points of discussion for conversations about racial injustice
By Amanda L. Giordano

This article by Amanda L. Giordano delves into five points of discussion for conversations about racial injustice.  We all must acknowledge the pain, grief, and oppression that the Black community faces and come together to address the impacts of racism.


Race and Equity Resources

The American School Counseling Association has compiled the following resources for addressing issues of systemic and institutional racism with students.


NowThis Politics

Video on Systemic Racism


Contact Us


Tamisha McKoy

Director of Guidance & Counseling


Tenesa Brown

Confidential Secretary


Department of School Supervisors


Michael Dubose

  • Elementary Schools

ext. 12347

Tanya Haney

  • Alonzo Moody Academy
    Garrett Morgan Academy
    Academy of Health Science (HARP)
    International High School
    Rosa Parks
    STARS Academy

ext. 10110


Pamela Holloway

  • PANTHER (Academy of Earth & Space Science)
    School of Information Technology (SOIT)
    School of Government & Public Administration (GOPA)
    School of Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism (CAHTS)

ext. 51174


Jarius Thompson

  • School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
    School of Architecture & Construction Trades (ACT)
    School of Business, Technology, Marketing, & Finance (BTMF)
    School of Education and Training (SET)

ext. 50181


School Counselors' Curriculum Guides

Grade K-4
Grade 5-8
Grade 9-12


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