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The next Delegate Assembly will now be on Oct. 22.

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week - Sept. 19, 2014

PRETTY IN PINK: UFT members from Bronx schools had fun while raising $450 to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at the third annual Zumba class fundraiser on Oct. 2.

News of the Week

Encourage members to volunteer at UFT phone banks

With Election Day around the corner, we need all hands on deck to help elect state Senate candidates who will support educators and public education. UFT phone banks will be up and running in every borough office starting next week to return the New York State Senate to the Democrats in this crucial election year for education issues. Phone banks will be in operation after school from Tuesday, Oct. 14 through Monday, Nov. 3, the day before Election Day. Please call your borough office and ask to speak to your borough's political action coordinator to sign up to volunteer at a phone bank. For specific dates and times, download the flier for your borough: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island. Post your borough office's flier on your UFT bulletin board and tell your members that the candidates endorsed by the UFT and NYSUT have been leading advocates on the issues that matter most to educators and can be counted on to push back against those seeking to privatize public education. Now it is our turn to stand by them — and make sure they have the support they need to win on Nov. 4. Be sure to encourage your members to come out to vote on Election Day and pull the lever for all of our UFT-endorsed candidates.

"Go Pink" at your school and at the DA on Oct. 22

Please encourage your colleagues to wear pink on Wednesday, Oct. 22 to raise awareness of breast cancer and demonstrate their commitment to fight the disease. Snap cellphone photos of members in pink that day and use the hashtag #uftgopink when posting them to your own accounts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Send your two best pictures (large size, please) as attachments to for the UFT Go Pink photo galleries. For each photo, include your name, your school and borough, and the name and job title of each person in the photo if it's three or fewer so we can write a caption. The New York Teacher will be sending its photographer to a few schools organizing a Go Pink Day. If a UFT photographer has not come to your school before to take "Go Pink" photos, please send an email request to New York Teacher Editor Joe LoVerde by Wednesday, Oct. 15 at

Join us to celebrate Teacher Union Day on Nov. 2

Don't miss the opportunity to honor your colleagues who keep the union strong and vital. The UFT's Teacher Union Day will be held at the New York Hilton Midtown on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event includes breakfast, the awards ceremony and a reception, at a cost of $50 per person. This year, the UFT will honor recently retired assistant treasurer Mona Romain with the Cogen Award, the union's highest honor for one of its members. PS 30 in Staten Island, PS 180 in Brooklyn, Newcomers HS in Queens, PS 53 in the Bronx, the Facing History School in Manhattan, Cascades Center for Teaching and Learning in District 79 and PS 177 in District 75 in Queens are all being honored with partnership awards. The annual event marks the anniversary of the 1960 strike that won collective-bargaining rights for city educators. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 20. Download the flier to register.

UFT launches new TV ad to celebrate teachers and public schools

With public schools and the educators who work in them under growing attack, the UFT launched a new TV ad on Oct. 6 to highlight the remarkable work that New York City public school teachers do and the pride that teachers take in their work. "It's a new day and across our city public school teachers are making a difference," the ad begins. The 30-second spot will appear on social media and run on broadcast and cable television through Oct. 17. Some 8 million TV viewers should see the ad close to 10 times, while the digital post is expected to result in about 1.4 million impressions. Watch the ad. Read the full news story about the ad on the UFT website.

Donate new warm clothing for homeless children at the UFT's Thanksgiving luncheon

You can help take some of the chill out of winter by donating new coats or other winter gear to homeless students in our city's schools. All chapter leaders are being asked to organize a drive to collect winter coats and accessories (hats, gloves, scarves, etc.) in their schools. These garments will be given out to students in need at the UFT Middle Schools Division's first annual Thanksgiving luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 22 at noon at UFT headquarters. Please post this coat drive flier on your UFT bulletin board to encourage your members to bring donations directly to UFT headquarters from now until Nov. 14. Chapter leaders can also bring their donations to the Wednesday, Oct. 22 and Tuesday, Nov. 18 Delegate Assemblies. We are also looking for volunteers to assist at the Thanksgiving feast. Please bring a copy of this donation/participation form when you are dropping off your donations at the DA. Also use the same form to let us know if you'd like to volunteer at the event.

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To Do

  • Chapter Leader Training, Part II will be held Saturday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, New York. All new chapter leaders, as well as any chapter leaders who have served for 10 years or more, are strongly encouraged to attend this training. While we recommend that you attend all three sessions, you can attend Part II even if you did not attend Part I. You can register online for the training. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 31. Rooms are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call 212-598-7747 or email See photos from Chapter Leader Training, Part I.
  • Eligible teachers who want to study to enhance their teaching skills may request a study sabbatical leave for the spring 2015 semester. For study sabbaticals, coursework must be rigorous and related to your teaching assignment. Please alert members in your chapter that the DOE has released its application for the coming school year. See DOE Personnel Memorandum #2 for sabbatical deadlines and guidelines. Applications for study sabbaticals are due no later than Oct. 24 to the principal and Oct. 31 to the superintendent. All applications must be submitted on the DOE's Self-Service Online Leave Application Service (SOLAS). See the UFT website's sabbaticals section for more information about sabbatical leaves.
  • The UFT and the Department of Education have negotiated new citywide standards on unnecessary and duplicative paperwork — both paper and electronic. These standards take effect immediately. District and high school committees are being created to ensure that the new standards for paperwork reduction are properly implemented. If you believe your school is not adhering to the standards, you should meet with your principal and contact your district representative.
  • The UFT wants to help you share useful and relevant PD ideas with your colleagues at other schools. We are building a repository of professional development ideas for schools in a new special section of the UFT website. (Because of copyright restrictions on some of the content, only UFT members may enter this section. You must be logged in to to access it.) The UFT Teacher Center created the initial materials, but we want to supplement that with member-created materials. If you have PD ideas that you would like to contribute, we invite you to use this online form to submit PD materials for review. The New York Teacher is also looking for schools to profile that are doing meaningful and relevant professional development. If you would like your school to be considered, please email Executive Editor Deidre McFadyen at
  • Make sure your members are aware that the first rate increases under the new contract have now taken effect. The contract featured a 1 percent pay increase retroactive to May 1, 2013, and another 1 percent pay increase retroactive to May 1, 2014. Both the salary adjustments and the corresponding retroactive payments were in this week's paychecks for Q-bank employees and in last week's paychecks for H-bank employees. Salary adjustments and corresponding retroactive payments for per session and per-diem work for pedagogues should have already been processed. Members in the different job titles can calculate the arrears that they are owed if they would like to double-check the DOE's own calculations. After members have checked the payroll portal, if they still have questions or concerns, they can use our online salary inquiry form for teachers and other Q-Bank employees or our salary inquiry form for H-bank employees.
  • Any teacher whose overall rating was Ineffective for the 2013-14 school year and wants to appeal that rating should make an appointment with their UFT borough office as soon as possible — and no later than Oct. 21 — in order to appeal the rating. If you are aware of teachers in your school who received an Ineffective rating, please urge them to call their borough office immediately and make an appointment with an intake advisor in order to file their appeals. For more information about the appeals process for Ineffective ratings, see the flier. Teachers who have questions or concerns about their overall rating or their component scores should fill out the union's online APPR rating issues form, which is designed to capture all the information that the union needs in order to assist the member. See the flier for more information.
  • The DOE will begin quality reviews on Monday, Oct. 27. Under the new systemwide paperwork standards negotiated by the UFT and the DOE, educators can no longer be asked to create documents specifically for the purposes of the quality review. Those conducting the quality review must make their assessments based on what they see and hear that is part of the normal course of teaching and learning. Please alert your district rep if your school's principal is requiring extra paperwork for the exclusive purpose of the quality review.
  • Gear up your members to participate in our annual Making Strides against Breast Cancer fundraising walk on Sunday, Oct. 19 at locations around the city. If you have not already done so, please sign up and create a UFT team for your school or worksite. Encourage your members and parents to join your team for the walk. For more information, call your UFT borough office and ask to speak to the Strides coordinator. Last year, along with NYSUT members, UFT members helped to raise over $1 million for the American Cancer Society to combat the disease with research, information and services.
  • Tell your teachers that if they were rated Developing or Ineffective (after the safety net legislation or procedural appeals were applied) they are entitled to a Teacher Improvement Plan (TIP) for the current school year. The deadline for receiving a TIP was Sept. 17. We've posted detailed guidance about the Teacher Improvement Plan that spells out the rights and procedures that were created to ensure that the TIP is tailored to each teacher's needs and will genuinely support his or her professional growth. Please reach out to teachers at your school who were rated Ineffective or Developing and make certain that they have received a TIP that will assist them. If you or a teacher in your chapter has questions or concerns, contact your district representative.
  • You can still file a class-size grievance, but only for new violations, and the regular time limits for all grievances will apply. You can find information on class size limitations in Article 7M of the contract.
  • Please make sure that all related service providers and any other staff in your building who work on SESIS know that the DOE has sent information to principals about the time for UFT staff to work on SESIS during their workdays. The item is in the Sept. 16 issue of the Principals' Weekly. For speech teachers, the DOE has agreed that speech teachers in single-session schools can do SESIS work during the 155 minutes allocated each week for professional development, parent engagement and Other Professional Work. Speech teachers should also be informed that if they do not get adequate time to do daily SESIS encounter attendance, they should first contact their speech supervisor. If that does not resolve the problem, they should call the speech hotline at 1-212-598-7774.
  • Teachers should all have received their ratings for the 2013-14 school year. They should also have received their Measures of Student Learning (MOSL) scores and accessed their MOSL workbooks from the Advance web application. The workbook delineates each teacher's local and state measures and includes the roster of the students whose test scores were the basis of the MOSL rating if individual measures were used. Teachers should be encouraged to download the MOSL workbook and review it. If a teacher discovers errors in the workbook (such as incorrect local or state measures or students listed that the teacher did not teach), they should report the problem by email or in writing to their principal as soon as possible. The principal should have already submitted all requests for corrections to the DOE. The DOE will review the requests and, if applicable, teachers will receive corrected ratings today, Friday, Oct. 10.
  • Remind your members that Teacher's Choice funding has increased this year to $77 for teachers. All members eligible for a Teacher's Choice allocation will receive it in a Nov. payroll check. You can access key dates and deadlines for Teacher's Choice on the DOE website or consult the DOE's FAQ  for more information. If you need assistance from the DOE, call 718-935-4000 or email At the UFT, contact Michael Sill at
  • In the case of a tragedy or traumatic event that affects your entire school community, the UFT Victim Support Program can do on-site counseling for your school. The Victim Support Program team has outlined how to go about bringing counselors to your school to talk to teachers, administrators and other non-UFT members in need of assistance. Read more about Victim Support Program services.
  • Let your members know that the deadline that a teacher in a school can be excessed has passed. If a teacher was excessed after Sept. 24, he or she should file a grievance. If you have any questions, please contact your district representative or your or your borough office.
  • Please encourage your members to participate in the #WeCantWait social media campaign spearheaded by the Alliance for Quality Education to remind state officials that the $2.5 billion that the state owes the city's public schools from the 2007 settlement of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit is past due. Tell Albany why you can't wait for the state to fund public schools by sharing your own photo across social media and @AQE_NY on Twitter with the #WeCantWait hash tag. As Karen Alford, the UFT vice president for elementary schools, said at a press conference on the City Hall steps, "As a parent and an educator, I'm here to tell you we have waited too long. Our students deserve smaller classes, afterschool programs, arts and music programs, and community learning schools." For more details about how to participate, visit the We Can't Wait campaign page. Read our news story about the campaign's launch and watch the video.
  • Advise your members about the steps they can take to help prevent the enterovirus from spreading at your school. While only a few cases have been documented in the New York metropolitan area, it's prudent to follow best practices as we approach the cold and flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your students and colleagues may be infected and not present any symptoms. Visible symptoms may include some or all of the following: fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, skin rash, mouth blisters, body and muscle aches. Enteroviruses are spread through close contact with infected people or touching infected surfaces or objects and then putting your hands in or near your mouth. Children are at particular risk for more serious illness from this virus. Your members should remind their students to frequently wash their hands with soap and water and avoid close contact, especially with those who are sick. Chapter leaders should make sure that the school engages with parents on decisions to keep children home when they get sick. For more information on prevention, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a helpful infographic called "Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68."
  • Make sure your members know that classroom teachers now have another option for observations under the teacher evaluation system. The UFT has agreed with the Department of Education that teachers who are rated Effective for the 2013-14 school year will have the option this school year to choose four informal evaluations instead of the previously required six. Teachers choose the observation option they want for the school year at the mandatory initial planning conference, which must be held on or before the last Friday in October. More information on observation options is available in the evaluation section of the UFT website.
  • Chapter leaders, it is up to you to make sure that your union has a voice in your school community and that your members are informed. Be sure to hold a monthly chapter meeting so your members can see their union in action. You are the driver in setting agendas and holding monthly UFT Consultation and School Leadership Team meetings. In addition, our new contract also establishes two new school-based groups, the Measures of Student Learning (MOSL) Committee and a Professional Development Committee, both of which are intended to facilitate educator input in decisions. You should be a member of both of those committees. Keep an up-to-date UFT bulletin board and use it as an organizing tool. Finally, remember to encourage your members to extend a warm welcome to new educators working in your school. Whether they are just beginning their careers, are veterans who have filled a vacancy, or members of the ATR pool, do all that you can to make them feel a part of your school community.
  • Let members know that reports of larceny in our schools are increasing. Members should take care to secure all personal belongings and valuable school equipment such as laptops, camcorders and projectors.
  • Chapter leaders should ensure that members know that under the new contract the DOE must provide teachers in all core subjects (ELA, math, science, social studies and foreign language) with a year-long or semester-long curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core standards. The contractual definition of curriculum is:  a) a list of content and topics; b) scope and sequence; and c) a list of what students are expected to know and to be able to do after studying each topic. Principals should not ask members to write curriculum unless they either give time during the workday or ask members to volunteer for paid work outside the school day.
  • Please advise your members of a time change for the two-part Dignity for All Students (DASA) workshop that will be held on Tuesday and Thursday this fall. The class will now take place from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on both days. Members must attend both classes in order to fulfill the DASA requirement. Members should view the Fall 2014 DASA schedule for complete information on location and dates of the workshops.
  • Every new teacher in your school without prior teaching experience is entitled to a mentor. The mentor should be an experienced classroom teacher, coach or lead teacher, ideally in the new teacher's subject area. The mentor will provide a minimum of two periods a week of confidential, non-evaluative and nonjudgmental support. Consult with your principal for a list of new teachers and their mentors. As a chapter leader, you are a required member of your school's New Teacher Induction Committee, which ensures new teachers receive mentoring services. If new teachers in your school have not been assigned a mentor or if you have questions about the mentor program, contact your district representative.
  • Please advise your teachers that now is the time to prepare for their Initial Planning Conference. Remember that this meeting should be one-on-one with your principal and held during a mutually agreed-upon time. Each member has the right to choose to have this meeting serve as their initial pre-observation conference under option 1 of the evaluation system. Otherwise, a separate pre-observation conference should be scheduled. Explain to teachers that they should use this meeting with the principal to discuss the supports and resources needed to ensure student success. See this article for planning the Initial Planning Conference. For teachers of students with disabilities, this checklist on the Initial Planning Conference can be helpful.
  • Do you or a fellow teacher in your school have creative ideas, interesting practices or innovative methods for improving classroom instruction that you feel could benefit fellow educators? The New York Teacher is looking for educators to write Teacher to Teacher columns. The articles should explain pedagogic techniques, approaches or resources that educators can use to help students. The pieces should be about 750 words. Columnists will be paid $150 for accepted works. If you are interested, please call Rachel Nobel during business hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday) at 212-598-9201 or email her at

For your information

UFT Golf Outing: Join us for the UFT Disaster Relief Fund Golf Outing at Dyker Beach Golf Course in Brooklyn on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 13, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a full breakfast. Tee-off time is 9 a.m. The day includes a cocktail hour, BBQ luncheon and awards presentation. There will be a silent auction and raffle. The cost of the golf outing is $175 per person. Luncheon only is $75. Golf outing sponsorships are also available. For more details or to register online for this event, see the flier.

Breast Cancer Workshop: You are invited to the UFT Welfare Fund Medical Learning Series and SHARE's workshop with Larry Norton, MD, the deputy physician in chief for breast cancer programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering. In this interactive and informative meeting on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 19th Floor, Dr. Norton will share his expertise on the current state of breast cancer research and treatment.  To register, please call Kisha Johnson at 212-539-0667 or SHARE at 212-719-2943.

Clarification on lesson plans: Chancellor Carmen FariƱa and UFT President Mulgrew issued a joint letter to help clarify our mutual position on the importance of planning and how it relates to teachers' professional voice and choice in writing lesson plans. Please carefully review the lesson plan letter for clarification on member rights and responsibilities.

Helpful guides on teacher evaluation: The DOE and the UFT have collaboratively developed the Advance Guide for Educators. In it, you will find highlighted policy changes for the 2014-2015 school year, a detailed explanation of the components of the evaluation system, an evaluation timeline so you know what to expect, suggested steps for the first few months of school, and lists of resources and support. The Measures of Student Learning Selections Guide, which was created by the DOE and the UFT, is designed to support schools in making thoughtful MOSL selections that are aligned to their student needs, instructional priorities and strategic assessment plan to drive improvements in student learning for the 2014-15 school year. Please alert your members that they can find these guides in the teacher evaluation section of the UFT website.

100 percent attendance at DA: Delegates who attended all Delegate Assembly meetings of the 2013-2014 school year will celebrate their perfect attendance immediately following the Oct. 22 Delegate Assembly at 52 Broadway.

Dial-a-Teacher now in session: Remind your members that homework help is available to students through Dial-A-Teacher. Classroom teachers will assist with homework questions at 212-777-3380, Monday through Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. during the school year. They can also assist parents with questions and give advice on how they can help their child at home. The staff speaks seven languages: Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese), English, French, Haitian-Creole, Russian, Slovak and Spanish. Post this flier on your UFT bulletin board.

ATRs must attend interviews: The new contract contains some important changes specifically for members of the ATR pool.  One important change that has gone into effect involves mandatory interviews for ATRs. All ATR pool members are being sent on interviews. ATRs will be notified of interview appointments via email on Saturday. All interview appointments will be on Tuesdays through Thursdays during the school day. They will be within the ATR's district, high school superintendency or the borough. These interviews are mandatory. Members who fail to attend two interviews will be considered to be voluntarily resigned

Chapter Leader section of the website: The UFT website has a special chapter leader section, accessible only to chapter leaders, where you can find union directories, the archive of the Chapter Leader Update plus detailed information about grievances, safety & health, school budgets, chapter elections and much more.

Academic High Schools Award nominations: The UFT Academic High School Awards honor the unsung heroes who deserve to be recognized for their exemplary contributions to our students, our profession and our union. Please nominate a colleague, community or school whose work you appreciate and whose contributions to our union and our city may be hidden from your colleagues. Nominations are due no later than 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. Use the online form to submit a nomination.

Salary differentials and arrears: Any teacher or other pedagogue who was due to receive a new salary differential starting on Sept. 2 will see that differential take effect in the Oct. 15 payroll. The member will receive arrears back to Sept. 2 for that differential in the Oct. 30 payroll.

Grow to Learn Grant: Grow to Learn NYC is accepting applications for mini-grants of $500 to $2,000 to start or enhance a learning garden program at NYC public and charter schools. To apply, schools must register the garden and submit the mini-grant application by Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Need help with the application? Attend a grant-writing and garden planning workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 15; Tuesday, Oct. 21 or Monday, Oct. 27. To RSVP for the workshop or for more information, see the Grow to Learn grant page.

UFT Welfare Fund: UFT Welfare Fund kits have been mailed to all chapter leaders. These kits contain valuable information about dental, prescription, optical and other benefits offered to UFT members. Chapter leaders may also request to have a Welfare Fund speaker come to their school and present to their staff by completing and faxing the Welfare Fund Speakers Bureau Request Form.

Transfer period for changing health plans: In-service members and retirees who want to change their New York City Health Plan will have the opportunity to do so this fall during the NYC Health Benefit Transfer Period. The transfer period is October for in-service members and November for retirees. To assist members in choosing the health coverage for themselves and their dependents, the UFT Welfare Fund will include copies of our Summary Comparison charts in the special health pull-out section of the New York Teacher in October. These charts have also been sent to chapter leaders in our Welfare Fund kits. In-service members may use the HR Connect process to change their plans. Retirees use the ERB form available on the NYC website at (click on health benefits) or at 40 Rector Street (3rd floor), in Manhattan. The new plan will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

UFT Member Assistance Program: Being a New York City educator is stressful enough. When problems also arise with personal relationships, or when eating disorders, substance abuse or other issues develop, the UFT Member Assistance Program is there to help. The program's staff offer short-term counseling in their office for trauma, bereavement and loss, and they will also make referrals for legal and financial counseling. The program's brochure gives more details plus contact information. Reach out to your members so they can reach out to us for help.

In the News

Philly teachers' contract canceled: The Philadelphia School Reform Commission, an instrument of the Republican governor who has slashed funding for the city's public schools, has unanimously and without warning voted to cancel its teachers' contract, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. The district says it will not cut the wages of 15,000 teachers, counselors and other Philadelphia Federation of Teachers members, but it plans to dismantle the union's long-standing Health and Welfare Fund, which is controlled by the union, and  have members pay between $21 and $70 a month towards the cost of their medical plan, depending on their salaries. PFT President Jerry Jordan vowed to file a lawsuit.

Postal job win is in the mailbag: The American Postal Workers Union has won a major victory on staffing in post offices that will result in the creation of more than 9,000 new positions within 90 days, according to Laborpress. The ruling concludes that jobs in four- and six-hour post offices must be assigned to clerks, not part-time postmasters. The dispute began in 2012, when management reduced the hours of operation in thousands of post offices from eight hours to two, four or six hours. The union expects thousands of additional career jobs to be created as the process unfolds. 

Charters do not have to show the money: Unlike public schools, which are required by law to show how they use public resources, most charters lack financial transparency, reports the Nation. A recent study of the highly acclaimed charter-school chain KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) found that the network receives an estimated $6,500 more per pupil than district schools in undisclosed revenues from public and private sources. Misuse of public funds was also the focus of the Pennsylvania auditor general's investigation, which found that the state's largest charter operator had pocketed $1.2 million in improper lease-reimbursement payments.

Events Calendar

Sunday, Oct. 12: Bronx members are welcome to don their UFT gear and march in the annual Bronx Columbus Day Parade. Members will line up at 11 a.m. at Morris Park Ave. and White Plains Rd., and the parade kicks off at 12 p.m. Please RSVP online. See the flier for more details or register online.

Monday, Oct. 13: Join us for the UFT Disaster Relief Fund Golf Outing from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dyker Beach Gold Course, Brooklyn. See the item in For Your Information for more details.

Tuesday, Oct. 14: Bronx teachers are welcome to attend the Bronx borough office's certification and licensing workshop from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the UFT Bronx Borough Office at 2500 Halsey St. Pre-registration is required. See the flier for more details.

Wednesday, Oct. 15: Brooklyn members are welcome to attend the Brooklyn maternity and child care leave workshop to get answers to questions they may have about their leave. This workshop will be held at Brooklyn UFT Borough Office, 335 Adams Street, 25th floor, Rooms A-C from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Limited reduced rate parking is available next door after 2 p.m. at the Edison Parking Systems lot in the Renaissance Plaza Marriott Hotel with UFT validation only. Ask for validation at reception on the 25th floor when you arrive. Register online or download the flier for more information.

Wednesday, Oct. 15: You are invited to attend the opening reception for the Fall Artist/Teacher Non-Juried Exhibition at the Theater for the New City Gallery, 155 Fifth Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. You can call the gallery at 1-212-254-1109 or visit it online at For more details, see the flier.  

Thursday, Oct. 16: Paraprofessionals working in Brooklyn schools are invited to attend a certification workshop for paraprofessionals. The presenters will answer questions about state certification and how to apply for a teaching assistant certificate. This workshop will be held at the UFT Brooklyn Office, 335 Adams Street from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Space is limited. Register online or download the flier for more information.

Thursday, Oct. 16: Paraprofessionals working in Bronx schools are invited to attend the Bronx borough office's certification workshop for paraprofessionals from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the UFT Bronx borough office at 2500 Halsey St. Pre-registration is required to attend this workshop. See the flier for more information or register online.

Friday, Oct. 17: Bronx members thinking of taking a sabbatical are invited to a sabbatical workshop from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bronx UFT Office, 2500 Halsey Street. See the flier for more information.

Friday, Oct. 17: The Social Workers and Psychologists committee will hold its monthly meeting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Staten Island UFT Office, 4456 Amboy Road.

Saturday, Oct. 18: Parents, grandparents and community activists are welcome to attend the annual UFT Staten Island Parent Conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn, 1000 South Ave. on Staten Island. Pre-registration is required. See the flier for more details or register online.

Saturday, Oct. 18: The UFT Manhattan Parent Conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway.  It will be a great day of workshops, networking, food and resources. Registration is closed. See the brochure in English, Spanish and Chinese for more details. For more information, contact the UFT Manhattan Borough Parent Liaison Francine Streich at 212-598-6800 or email

Sunday, Oct. 19: Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk. See the item in To Do for more information.

Tuesday, Oct. 21: Smartboard training for per diem teachers will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. A representative from the UFT Teacher Center will lead a workshop for the UFT Per Diem Committee. Only the first 35 people to register will be able to attend. To register, email See the flier for more details.

Wednesday, Oct. 22: Guidance Expo 2014, an exposition of guidance and counseling ideas and activities, will feature a menu of more than 40 professional seminars regarding issues and concerns that affect all our guidance counselors. The expo will be at Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free but pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, Oct. 22: The Delegate Assembly will be held from 4:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. This is the regular monthly meeting of the union's highest decision-making body. Don't forget to wear pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Thursday, Oct. 23: A general meeting of the Per Diem Committee will discuss certification for per diem teachers. Guest speakers include Peter Mason, a certification services advisor, and Nanette Rosario-Sanchez, a special representative from the UFT's Licensing and Certification Department. The meeting will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. For more information, download the flier.

Thursday, Oct. 23: Capably Disabled Committee membership meeting will take place from 4:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 15th floor. The guest speaker will be Sasha Green, the UFT's director of Retiree Social Services. She will speak about eldercare and dealing with your aging parents and loved ones. To register, please download the flier and mail in the coupon.

Thursday, Oct. 23: The CTE Chapter Committee will hold its monthly meeting from 4:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th Floor in Room A. Dinner will be served.

Thursday, Oct. 23: Bronx members are invited to attend the maternity workshop from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bronx UFT Office, 2500 Halsey Street. Join us and get answers to all your maternity and leave questions. This workshop is NOT for women only. See the flier to register.

Saturday, Oct. 25:  Join the Association of Teachers of Social Studies/UFT for "A Grand Electric Time with Thomas Edison." The annual fall tour will feature a guided tour by a park eanger of Edison's home, Glenmont, at the Thomas Edison National Historic Park in West Orange, NJ. Lunch and dinner will be served. The cost is $134 per person and includes all admission, tours, food, tips and round-trip transportation. See the flier to register. Bus departs from and returns to UFT headquarters. This all-day trip will start at 8 a.m. and end at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 25: Join us for the 33rd Annual ArtWorks '14 Conference. The keynote speaker and artist of the year is Judy Pfaff. This year's conference theme is Art Education: Branching Out. Professional development hours are available. Registration includes hot lunch, closing reception, raffle prizes, museum passes and access to workshops. The early-bird registration special is $55 by Oct. 15; after that date, it's $65. Full-time college students and parent school representatives pay $15 (food optional). The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at High School of Arts and Design, 245 East 56th Street, New York. Register online See the flier for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 25: The Brooklyn Parent Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at PS 527, the Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women, 283 Adams St., Brooklyn. It will be a great day of workshops, networking, food and resources. Pre-registration is required. You may register online or by mailing in a brochure in English or Spanish.

Tuesday, Oct. 28: Save the date for our third annual Be BRAVE Against Bullying Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 52 Broadway, 2nd floor. Join us for a day of understanding and acceptance. Kerry Kennedy will be the keynote speaker. To register, download and fill out this form. The cost is $30. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 10.

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Professional Committees

UFT Professional Committees offer a wide range of workshops, presentations and exchanges, enabling all members to take an active part in their professional growth. Unless indicated, meetings are at UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway. Check the lobby for exact locations. For further information contact us at 212-598-7772 or visit us online.

ATSS/UFT (Assn. of Teachers of Social Studies)

  • Tuesdays, Oct. 14 and Nov. 25, 5 p.m., CSPSS Meeting.
  • Fridays, Oct. 24 and Nov. 14, 4:30 p.m., Executive Board Meeting.
  • Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m., Annual Fall Bus Trip. Bus leaves from 52 Broadway.
  • Friday, Nov. 21, 4:30 p.m., GMNY Planning Meeting.

ELAC/UFT (English Language Arts Council)

  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4:30 p.m., Common Core Learning Standards Workshop II.
  • Wednesday, December 17, 4:30 p.m., 25th Annual Vic's Picks.

ESL/Bilingual Committee

  • Thursday, Nov. 6, 4:30 p.m., The Geography of Food:  A Menu of Activities, Concept and Ideas for ELLS.

Humane Education

  • Saturday, Nov. 8, 9:45 a.m., Mutt-I-Grees Curriculum.

Italian American

  • Friday, Oct. 17, 4:30 p.m. Annual Heritage Celebration.

NYCAFLT/UFT (NYC Assn. of Foreign Language Teachers)

  • Saturday, Nov. 1, 8 a.m., Annual Professional Conference.

NYC Music Teachers Association/UFT

  • Saturday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m., Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom.
  • Saturday, Jan. 31, 9 a.m., Building Musical Instruments with Recycled Materials.

NYCATA/UFT (NYC Art Teachers Assn.)

  • Thursday, Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m., Pre-Conference Dinner.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22, 4:30 p.m., Steering Committee Meeting.
  • Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m., Annual Artworks Conference at High School of Art & Design, NYC.

Per Diems

  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, 4:30p.m., Smartboard Training.
  • Thursday, Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m., Certification.
  • Monday, Nov. 17, 4:30 p.m., Smartboard Training.


  • Friday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m., Board Meeting.
  • Thursday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m., Board Meeting.


  • Friday, Oct. 17, 7:15 p.m., New Separation and Absorption Media for a Number of Important Toxic and Non-Toxic Gases @ NYU.
  • Friday, Nov. 14, 7:15p.m., Engineering Shape: The Novel Geometries of Colloidal Self Assembly at NYU.

Editor: Peter O'Donnell

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