AFT helps launch effort to limit student loan debtAFT President Randi Weingarten and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) spoke March 6 at the Washington, D.C., launch of "Higher Ed, Not Debt," a new multiyear campaign advocating for affordable access to higher education for all, without the burden of debt or financial hardship. The AFT is one of more than 60 national and state-based organizations supporting the campaign. "We can no longer be a nation that tells our young people college is really important, while at the same time saddling them with crushing debt and slashing investments in the programs and supports that could enable them to achieve their dreams," Weingarten said. Warren said that student debt, which now stands at a staggering $1.2 trillion, is hurting our college students and dragging down our economy. "We need to work together to bring down the rising cost of college, and we need to help existing borrowers deal with their debt by allowing them to refinance their student loans at today's lower interest rates." The campaign will provide support to current borrowers struggling with existing debt, address the causes of declining affordability and quality, highlight Wall Street's role in the privatization of higher education, and demand action on the issue of higher education debt across the country.
Reconnecting McDowell featured at poverty forumAFT President Randi Weingarten and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) shared some of the lessons that have been learned from the ambitious Reconnecting McDowell project at The Atlantic's March 6 forum, "Reinventing the War on Poverty," in Washington, D.C. Through Reconnecting McDowell, the AFT has partnered with public, private, nonprofit and labor groups in an effort to revitalize the educationally struggling, economically depressed McDowell County in West Virginia. McDowell County has seen significant progress in its social services and in education and instruction, Weingarten said. Important as these are, however, the continuing challenge is to create more good jobs in the area. One new approach to furthering that goal is to boost career and technical education programs, in partnership with nearby community colleges, to help identify the jobs of today and the future, and to better align academic programs with those jobs. One of the biggest lessons learned, she added, is that "you don't just talk—you act." The McDowell community was initially skeptical of outsiders, but the project has overcome that by offering serious and ongoing efforts to engage community members and listen to what they want and need.
Reclaiming the PromiseReclaiming the Promise was front and center earlier this week at a series of events in Austin, Texas. AFT President Randi Weingarten visited a number of Austin schools, including one that has received an AFT Innovation Fund grant. At the South by Southwest education conference, the union's Reclaiming the Promise booth attracted a steady stream of visitors; the photo booth was especially popular. Weingarten also moderated a panel discussion on community schools.
The Cleveland Teachers Union has joined with its community allies to oppose the district's budget proposal that would cut $21 million from school budgets. Read a column by CTU President and AFT Vice President David Quolke on the budget mess in Cleveland.The next Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education conversation, sponsored by the AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute, is titled "The Future of Teacher Education and Preparation." It's set for noon to 2 p.m. EST on March 12. More details, including registration information, are available online.Don't forget to sign up for our weekly Reclaiming the Promise Snapshot.
AFT to host educators' summit on school disciplineOn March 21-22, the AFT will host an educators' summit on school discipline. The summit will bring together teachers, support personnel, school-based mental health professionals, superintendents and administrators to help change school climates by identifying alternatives to suspensions and developing strategies involving restorative practices. The summit comes at a time when the buzz around school discipline policies continues to grow. On Jan. 8, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced new guidelines aimed at ensuring that school discipline policies are equitable and effective. That same day, the AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute hosted a symposium to explore how rigid school discipline policies like "zero tolerance" are effectively discriminatory and steal opportunity from great numbers of students, particularly children of color.
AFT praises budget's plans on jobs and povertyPresident Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal includes some provisions that could help produce more jobs, equalize income and improve social mobility, AFT President Randi Weingarten says. "For Americans who get up every day hoping for a better life for their kids and themselves, today's economy sometimes feels insurmountable," Weingarten says, which is why the AFT supports proposals to relieve some of those obstacles. "We also welcome the president's push to provide equal opportunity to help millions of American children through increased investment in early childhood education, school safety, high schools and other crucially important public education programs." Weingarten adds, however, that the AFT is "skeptical that a Race to the Top-like competition, which creates winners and losers, is the way to promote equity. Public education should be focused on strengthening teaching and learning for all students, and maintaining and improving neighborhood public schools."
Teachers join parent-led test boycott in ChicagoTeachers at two Chicago schools—Maria Saucedo Elementary Scholastic Academy and Thomas Drummond Elementary School—have voted to join a parent-led boycott of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test. The schools' parents "are understandably frustrated by the fact that the Illinois Standards Achievement Test is unnecessary and irrelevant," AFT President Randi Weingarten says. "The test is being administered only to fulfill a No Child Left Behind requirement, while more than half of states have sought waivers from such requirements. The test won't inform instruction or assess student or teacher performance. Courageous teachers have voted to join the parent-led boycott of this test, and the AFT stands with the parents, students and teachers at these schools and across Chicago. Our nation's fixation on testing is harming students."
Millions of girls around world still denied schoolingInternational Women's Day (March 8) offers a heartbreaking reminder that millions of girls throughout the world still are denied the opportunity to complete their schooling, AFT President Randi Weingarten says. "Sadly, the world will not meet one of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals—that, by 2015, every child would be able to complete a basic education. Poverty, child labor, child marriage, human trafficking and gender discrimination are keeping nearly 57 million children from obtaining the very thing that will help them improve their lives and thrive. To reclaim the promise of a better life for all girls, every nation on earth must dedicate itself to equality and educational opportunity and heed the urging of the wise and courageous Malala Yousafzai for an education for all."
Where & When
AFT president Randi Weingarten will participate in a press conference, rally and fast in support of SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 9. On March 10, she will be honored with the Hats Off Award by the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department at its annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C. On March 11, Weingarten will keynote the first annual Share My Lesson virtual conference, a series of professional development webinars for Share My Lesson users. On March 13, she will be in Wichita, Kan., to visit a state employee worksite and early learning center and to launch Reclaiming the Promise for public services. On March 14, Weingarten will participate in two panel discussions at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards' Teaching & Learning 2014 conference in Washington, D.C.: one on Reconnecting McDowell and the other on uniting for high-quality public education. AFT secretary-treasurer Lorretta Johnson will attend the legislative conference of the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department on March 10 in Washington, D.C. AFT executive vice president Francine Lawrence will attend the legislative conference of the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department on March 10 in Washington, D.C. On March 12, she will participate in the Learning First Alliance board of directors meeting in Alexandria, Va., and also moderate "The Future of Teacher Education and Preparation," which is part of the monthly series on Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education, sponsored by the AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute, March 12 in Washington, D.C. On March 13, Lawrence will attend the AFT Teachers program and policy council meeting in Washington, D.C. On March 14, she will attend the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards' Teaching & Learning 2014 conference in Washington, D.C.
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Thanks for making Lobby Day a big successWe want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the chapter leaders and delegates who were part of the 1,000-plus UFT delegation who traveled to Albany on March 5 to talk to state lawmakers about the education issues on their minds. Our members told lawmakers about the need to increase state education aid, to back Mayor Bill de Blasio's tax plan to fund pre-K and after-school programs, and to impose a two-year moratorium on high-stake consequences for Common Core tests for both students and teachers. "First and foremost is funding," said UFT President Michael Mulgrew in his luncheon address before members headed out to their individual appointments with lawmakers. "We've had years of budget cuts." Whatever their particular issues were, the members all agreed that the exhausting trip was worth the effort. "It's important so that they can hear our voice and our issues and see our faces," said Jean Caccioppoli, the chapter leader at IS 7 on Staten Island. "We are the people that vote for them. They can see that we are very passionate about what we stand for." Read the full story for more details. Watch this four-minute video created by Staten Island teacher James Schlachter. And find yourself in the UFT.org photo gallery.
Summative assessment planning should start nowBetween March 24 and June 6, schools will administer the summative assessments that many teachers will be incorporating into their annual evaluation. These assessments include the NYC Performance Assessments, as well as Running Records, FAST and Scantron Performance assessments. A calendar of allowable assessment dates for each exam was sent to your principal this week. These assessments matter, and it is crucial that schools develop appropriate protocols around test administration, norming and scoring. Chapter leaders and their consultation teams should meet with principals regarding: 1) testing dates; 2) communications with the school community — including teachers, students and parents — about the tests; 3) teacher training for scoring; and 4) how time will be provided for scoring. Schools must provide teachers with the time to meet and score the exams, either during the school day or through paid per session (schools will receive an allocation for scoring). Please let your district representative know immediately if your principal does not consult with your chapter regarding the implementation of these assessments.
Apply for sabbatical study leave by March 10Chapter leaders, please remind eligible teachers who want to study to enhance their teaching skills that the sabbatical leave applications for the 2014-2015 school year are due to principals on Monday, March 10. For study sabbaticals, coursework must be rigorous and related to your teaching assignment. Restoration of health sabbaticals, which can be applied for any time, must be approved by the medical director. All teachers are eligible for a one-year sabbatical of either type after 14 years of service. After seven years of regularly appointed service, all teachers are eligible for a sabbatical leave for restoration of health that lasts for up to six months. If you are a junior high or high school teacher, you can also apply for a six-month study sabbatical for the spring semester only. Teachers earn 70 percent of salary during a full-year sabbatical and 60 percent of salary during a six-month sabbatical. Read the sabbatical leave section of the UFT website for more information. For detailed guidelines and the application form for the coming school year, download DOE Personnel Memorandum #5. Applications for the study sabbaticals are due no later than March 10 to the principal and March 17 to the superintendent.
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- Tell your members that the Payroll Portal is updating its login feature. Anyone wishing to access the system will now have to use their DOE ID and password on the first screen. In addition, starting March 31, the option to enter the portal by Social Security number will no longer be available. Alert your members that they will instead need to use their employee ID or information system ID along with their Outlook user ID and password. The employee ID is the reference number that appears on your pay stub. H Bank employees can obtain their employee ID by logging onto Cybershift. These changes will keep information private and secure. Members will still be able to log on to the Payroll Portal from either a DOE network computer or a private computer. All items on the Payroll Portal, such as payroll information, self-service features, documents and links, will still be available. Consult the memo for more information.
- The Department of Education has begun conducting the Learning Environment Survey — renamed simply the School Survey. Schools will no longer be receiving a School Progress Report grade at the end of the school year, but the DOE plans to issue a public document on the survey findings. Parent survey materials for all grade levels, including District 75 schools, should have arrived in schools. Student surveys for students in grades 6-12 will arrive the week of March 10. The window for teachers to fill out the online survey will be March 17 to April 11. As always, we encourage teachers to participate in the process.
- Part three of our Chapter Leader Training series will be on Saturday and Sunday, March 22 & 23, at the Hilton in Rye Brook, New York. Although we encourage you to attend all three parts, the weekends may be attended independently. This is for new chapter leaders, chapter leaders who have been serving for more than 10 years, or chapter leaders who have never attended chapter leader training before. Chapter leaders who are eligible can find detailed information and directions to the venue in the online registration form.
- Teachers holding a Professional Certificate who were certified between 2009 and 2010 should have received a letter and a tracking form from the DOE in January alerting them that they have to submit proof of completing 175 hours of professional development during the past five-year cycle. Make sure your members understand that 175 hours of professional development every five years is a requirement only for those who hold a Professional Certificate. Currently there are 2,500 members who are in jeopardy of losing their certification if the documentation is not submitted on time. Documentation must be submitted no later than June 13. It is very important for chapter leaders to alert their members that any professional development taken outside the school should be approved in writing by your principal prior to taking the PD. At the end of each year, the tracking sheet should be approved and signed by the principal. At the end of the five years, all signed tracking sheets must be submitted to the DOE, which will report your completed professional development hours to the State Education Department. Direct your members to the NYS Education Department website to review the range of available PD. If you have any questions, please contact the educational liaison in your UFT borough office.
- Alert members that a six-hour course in the prevention and intervention of bullying, discrimination and harassment is now required for certification by the New York State Dignity for All Act. This course is now mandated for all teachers and school-related professionals who apply for their state certificate on or after Jan. 1, 2014. The UFT is an approved provider of this course and offers it at 52 Broadway and in the union's borough offices at a cost of $25 for paras, $50 for all other members and $75 for non-members. Check the UFT Safety Workshop page for dates, times and registration information or call 212-598-9287.
- UFT members fought for and gained the right in our contract to earn differential pay and additional salary steps for their coursework and prior teaching experience — which can be applied retroactively if the application is submitted by the deadline. Remind teachers and other pedagogues if they took courses over the summer, are newly appointed or are claiming any prior teaching experience and/or prior allowable related non-teaching experience, they must apply for a salary differential within six months of completing the work or receiving their appointment to receive their retroactive payments. Please stress to your members that it is their responsibility to follow the procedures and deadlines set by the DOE on these payroll matters. If they fail to follow these steps — within the six-month time frame — they will not receive retroactive payments. Members can access the application via the DOE's Payroll Portal system. Advise them that they must have a valid DOE email address for the online process and that it is strongly suggested that they submit printed copies of their application with attached documentation, in person, at 65 Court Street, Room 102. If you have questions, please contact UFT Special Representative Laura Tamburo at email@example.com.
- Once a teacher signs his or her official observation report, the teacher needs to know that the form must be put into his or her official file. In addition, the teacher has a right to attach a written response to the official observation report. It is very important that all teachers review and proofread their written responses before attaching them to the reports. We encourage chapter leaders to make sure this happens. If teachers email their responses to the evaluator, they should use their DOE email. Whether email or letter, the teacher should use a professional, responsible tone and should bring up any issues or concerns the teacher has about the observation, including whether there were distractions such as from photos being taken or from multiple evaluators being in the room, or if evidence of the teacher's practice was missed or not taken into account. In other words, a teacher's written response to an observation report is an opportunity for the teacher to make any concerns part of the official record.
- The UFT has always believed in the importance of quality early childhood education for all our children, but achieving it has not been politically feasible in the past. With our new mayor making pre-K his signature education initiative, the stars are aligning to get it done. Please encourage your members to join the grassroots campaign to support Mayor de Blasio's promise of universal full-day pre-K. Join the cause by signing up on the new UPKNYC website or by liking the campaign's Facebook page. With your support, we will make full-day pre-K for all 4-year-olds a reality in our city. All of labor has united in supporting the mayor's call for a modest income tax increase on the wealthy to finance universal, full-day pre-K for all New York City four-year-olds. The tax proposal, which must be approved by state lawmakers, is among the UFT's legislative priorities in Albany.
- Please let teachers who are covered by the new evaluation system know that they are now able to file an Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) complaint form online if they feel their rights under the new system are being violated. The complaint form is part of a formal enforcement process in the evaluation system. Members have up to five school days after becoming aware of an issue to complete the complaint form online and give copies to their principal and chapter leader. A copy of the completed form will automatically be sent to the district representative, which will trigger a resolution review process. You must log in to the UFT website to access the form. The chapter leader inquiry form remains up for questions only.
- We are hearing that some principals are demanding that teachers submit their lesson plans as an artifact under the new evaluation system. The UFT has already filed a union-initiated grievance regarding lesson plans. In the meantime, it is our view that lesson plans are no different than any other artifact — teachers may choose to submit their lesson plans as an artifact for evaluation, but a principal cannot mandate it. If your principal demands that a teacher in your school submits lesson plans as an artifact, please immediately notify your district representative.
- 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 (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday) at 212-598-9201 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax deductions for teachers: The IRS says: "If you are an eligible educator, you can deduct up to $250 ($500 if married filing joint and both spouses are educators, but not more than $250 each) of any unreimbursed expenses you paid or incurred for books, supplies, computer equipment (including related software and services), other equipment, and supplementary materials that you use in the classroom. For courses in health and physical education, expenses for supplies are qualified expenses only if they are related to athletics. This deduction is for expenses paid or incurred during the tax year." The Educator Expense is an "Adjustment to Gross Income" so you can use it if you use the standard deduction or itemize. For more information, see the IRS website.DOE releases transgender student guidelines: Many questions arise for students and school staff when considering the best supports for transgender students. The DOE's guidelines are designed to provide direction for schools to address issues that may arise concerning the needs of transgender students. The DOE says its guidelines are intended to help schools ensure a safe learning environment free of discrimination and harassment, and to promote the educational and social integration of transgender students. Go to the DOE website to read the guidelines.Earth Day Festivities: Save the date for the largest green celebration in the country at Earth Day in Union Square on Tuesday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Teachers are encouraged to bring their students to take part in kid-friendly activities, view live performances and check out all of the green exhibits on site, including a green vehicle show and a green travel exhibition. Find more information on the Earth Day New York website, or contact Earth Day New York at email@example.com.Apply for an Excellence in School Wellness Award: Our schools work hard to promote healthy eating and physical activity among our students. All elementary schools are encouraged to apply for a NYC Excellence in School Wellness Award, which recognizes this effort. The application for the 2013-2014 school year will be sent to principals, so please share this information with your principal and encourage him or her to apply. The completed application must be received by April 11. Award recipients will be publicly recognized at a ceremony in June. All winners will receive an award (gold, silver or bronze) and public recognition from city officials and the media, including our own New York Teacher. For more information, download the Technical Resource Guide.Special education conference: Educators who work with students with disabilities are invited to attend Everyone Reading's Annual Conference, which focuses on building success for students with dyslexia and learning disabilities. This year's conference, on Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19 at the NYU Kimmel Center in Manhattan, will feature more than 75 workshops on topics ranging from integrating research-based reading instruction into daily practice to strategies for helping frustrated learners regulate their emotions. Participants will be able to learn about a variety of reading intervention programs including Orton Gillingham, Fundations, Great Leaps and Read Naturally. The presenters are top names in their fields. DOE-employed personnel have a special contract rate if registration is done through a NYC DOE Purchase Order. Information about the special rate can be obtained from Everyone Reading at 212-691-1930, ext. 11. Participants can register for one or two days but you will need your principal's permission to attend. For registration and more information on the conference, visit the Everyone Reading website.Share My Lesson virtual conference: Share My Lesson invites you to participate in a virtual conference, Teaching & Learning: Ideas & Innovations, on the evenings of Tuesday, March 11 to Thursday, March 13. Participants can choose among 24 online workshops, including Breaking Down a Shakespearean Play with Storyboards, Three Reasons for Bringing the News into Your Classroom, Using Primary Source Documents to Help Students Think Historically, Teaching the Natural Sciences In and Out of the Classroom and Analyzing the Modern Civil Rights Movement through Digital Media. Each webinar is presented by respected Share My Lesson content partners and will feature interactivity and practical ideas for the classroom. To participate in Ideas & Innovations, you must first sign up for Share My Lesson. You will need to register for each workshop individually in order for the website to keep attendance records for those seeking professional learning credits. Go to the Share My Lesson website for full descriptions of each webinar and to sign up for those that interest you.Grief and loss counseling: The UFT Member Assistance Program (MAP) offers counseling to assist you in managing your grief and adjusting to the loss of a family member, significant other, friend or colleague. The next series of the Bereavement Support Group will begin next Tuesday, March 4 at the MAP office. Here is a flier with the grief and loss counseling schedule for winter and spring.Making economics lessons fun: The National Center for Economic and Financial Education invites you to attend the workshop Teaching Economics Using Children's Literature and Play Dough on Friday, March 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Science, Industry and Technology Library, located at 35th Street and Madison Ave. Discover how traditional children's stories can give your classroom an instant economic boost. You must register in advance. For more information, see the UFT calendar listing.W2s to schools: W2s were delivered to schools on Thursday, Jan. 31. Members who are no longer active (retirees, resignations, terminations) had their W2s mailed to the home address currently on file with the DOE. W2s for per diems were also mailed. Members can request copies of their W2s for the last three years or request a correction by logging onto to the DOE's payroll portal. If an address correction is needed, they must contact HR Connect at 718-935-4000 before the duplicate and/or corrected W2 is requested. If members have any questions regarding their W2s, they should also call HR Connect.Scholarships/grants for AFT members and their children: The AFT offers $8,000 scholarships to four high-achieving high school seniors who are the dependents of AFT members. It also offers 10 grants of $1,000 each to AFT members from all divisions who seek to implement ideas for their union about the role that union members can play in collectively reclaiming the promise. You can find more information and the application on the AFT's Scholarship page. The application deadline is Monday, March 31.Online application process for maternity and health-related leaves of absence: Non-supervisory educators (teachers, guidance counselors, school secretaries, social workers and psychologists) are now required to use the Self-Service Online Leave Application System (SOLAS) to apply for maternity leaves, restoration of health leaves and health sabbatical leaves, in addition to the non-medical leave types that were previously available in SOLAS. Your school's designated leave secretary also now has access to SOLAS to verify timekeeping. For more information, see the DOE's SOLAS FAQ.Child abuse reporting requirements: All pedagogical and non-pedagogical staff in a school who have reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or maltreatment are now required to file a report with to the State Central Register personally. Call the SCR at 1-800-635-1522 or 311 to report suspicions of child abuse or neglect. Include the name, title and contact information for every staff person in the school who is believed to have direct knowledge of the allegations contained in the report. Afterward, immediately notify the principal or the principal's designee and provide the "Call I.D." number provided by the SCR. The principal or designee is then responsible for all subsequent internal action.New Teacher Handbook: The latest edition of the UFT's New Member Handbook (Teachers' Edition) is online. Easy to use and full of information useful not only for new, but also veteran teachers, the handbook features clear explanations and handy links to forms, services and further information.Help shape your students' health: The Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program supports more than 14,000 schools across the United States in their efforts to create environments where physical activity and healthy eating are accessible and encouraged. The Alliance provides expert advice and resources for school professionals, teachers and students in addition to information specifically for parents. The signup process for the Healthy Schools Program is free and easy. Join now for immediate access to great tools and tips that will help make our children's generation a healthier generation.DA resolutions online: Couldn't get to the last Delegate Assembly? You can now find online all the resolutions passed at the DAs. To view the full online archive of our union's resolutions, hover your mouse over Where We Stand in the top navigation of the uft.org homepage, and then select Union Resolutions.
Philly schools float loan for charters' pensions: Despite its own financial crisis, the Philadelphia School District has temporarily covered $1.1 million in pension contributions from 12 charters that were delinquent on payment, says the Philadelphia Inquirer. The district will get the money back when it deducts the amount from charters' monthly payments. But under the process outlined in state law, the district winds up giving charters interest-free loans at a time when there is no money to spare. This is not the first occurrence of charters receiving no-interest loans. During 2012-13, the district shouldered $1.3 million in pension payments for 22 charter schools.D.C.-area schools exceed snow day allotment: This winter's storms have caused five snow-related cancellations in the D.C. School District and nine in nearby Montgomery County, MD. as well as similar closures in neighboring districts, according to the Washington Post. D.C. schools had one snow day built into its calendar while Montgomery had four. D.C. will need to make up the lost days, although Montgomery can apply for a state waiver. The D.C area has been relatively lucky this winter compared to Western Maryland's Garrett County, which has already lost three weeks of school.Study pinpoints homework loads: A recent Harris Poll survey of 1,005 teachers in public, private and parochial schools across the United States found that high school teachers assign an average of 3.5 hours worth of homework a week, according to Education Week. Middle school teachers assigned 3.2 hours a week, while K-5 teachers assign an average of 2.9 hours a week.
Tuesday, March 11: Come to the high school workshop Framework for Classroom Management, from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m., at 52 Broadway. This workshop specifically addresses the Danielson Framework for Teaching, how and why students misbehave, and how we can move to a more cooperative classroom. For more information and to register, call Gregg Lundahl at 212-598-9200, see the flier in the New York Teacher's UFT Courses educational supplement, or register online.Tuesday, March 12: Middle School chapter leaders are invited to attend the Middle School Committee meeting from 4:15-6:15 at 52 Broadway, 19th floor. Please R.S.V.P. to ACintron@uft.org or call Adelina Santiago at 212-598-6839.Saturday, March 15: Join us for the 10th Annual Guidance Counselor Conference on Saturday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 52 Broadway, 2nd floor auditorium. Former UFT Assistant Secretary Bob Astrowsky will be honored. The registration fee is $30. You must be registered in order to attend. Please make guidance counselors in your school aware of this event. The deadline to register has been extended to March 12. For more details and to register, see the UFT.org event listing for the conference.Saturday, March 15: Join us for the annual Paraprofessional Festival and Awards Luncheon, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the New York Hilton Hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas. Come out for the informative workshops, awards recognition ceremony and health fair. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Registration fee is $25 per person. Registration is now closed. For details and information, see the UFT.org event listing for the event.Thursday, March 20: Join the UFT George Fesko Committee for Members Who Are Capably Disabled and speaker Larry Cantor for Stuttering — A History, How it Affects One's Life, and Therapies, 4:15-6:00 p.m., at 52 Broadway. Admission is free, but please register on UFT.org.Saturday, March 22: Join us for our 7th Annual Early Childhood Conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 52 Broadway. This year's theme is "Many Children One Voice!" Participants may choose among 16 exciting workshops. Dr. Mary Montle Bacon, an acclaimed child psychologist who specializes in educating children in poverty, is the keynote speaker. Breakfast and lunch will be served. For a list of the workshops, see the UFT. org event listing. Registration is closed. Thank you to all who registered.Saturday, March 29: Join us for our first annual Middle School Conference on Saturday, March 29, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at 52 Broadway. Chancellor Carmen Fariña will be the keynote speaker. Participants can choose from among 11 workshops, including Common Core math and literacy, differentiation strategies, the DOE's special education reform and using Adobe tools, Apple technology and LEGOs to augment instruction. You must pre-register by March 21. The registration fee is $30 (includes breakfast and lunch). School Leadership Teams may use funds allocated to the team to pay the conference registration fees for team members. School Leadership Teams should follow the purchase order instructions. Members will receive five professional development hours for attending the conference. For more information and for individual registration, see the UFT.org event listing.Monday, March 31: The UFT Jewish Heritage Committee and Jewish Labor Committee Educators' Chapter Labor Seder will take place at UFT headquarters from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, see the flier.Tuesday, April 8: Save the date to hear Diane Ravitch discussing her book, "Reign of Error," from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at 52 Broadway. Further details to come.Saturday, April 26: Save the date for the UFT Spring Education Conference from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 52 Broadway. See the UFT Calendar for details.Friday, May 2: Save the date for the Be BRAVE Against Bullying Conference. For more information, see the flier.Saturday, May 10: Save the date for the UFT Middle School Division's 1st Annual 5K Family Run from 8:30 to noon at MCU Park in Coney Island. Proceeds from this untimed walk/race will go to the UFT Disaster Relief Fund. The fee to participate is $25 for adults and $15 for children age 12 or younger. For the registration form and the sponsor form, see the UFT.org event listing.For more events, go to uft.org/calendar.
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)
- Sunday, March 9, 8:30 a.m., 16th Annual Professional Development Conference on Holocaust Education w/Yad Vashem at Ramaz Middle School, NYC.
- Tuesday, March 11, 5 p.m., CSPSS Meeting.
- Thursday, March 13, 4:30 p.m. GMNY Planning Meeting.
- Friday, March 28, 4:30 p.m., Executive Board Meeting.ELAC/UFT (English Language Arts Council)
- Tuesday, March 25, 4:30 p.m., Celebrating Women's History Month and St. Patrick's Day in Film with Irish Comedy Author George Bernard ShawESL/Bilingual Committee
- Thursday, March 20, 4:30 p.m., Preparing English Language Learners for Informational Text: An Uncommon Instructional Approach.HAEA/UFT (Hellenic-American Educators Assn.)
- Thursday, March 13, 4:30 p.m., Annual Heritage Celebration.Humane Education
- Saturday, March 8, 9a.m., P Credit Course.Jewish Heritage
- Sunday, March 9, 8:30 a.m., 16th Annual Professional Development Conference on Holocaust Education w/Yad Vashem at Ramaz Middle School, NYC.
- Monday, March 31, 4:30 p.m., Annual Labor SederNYC Music Teachers Association/UFT
- Saturday, April 26, 9.a.m., Innovative Drum Circles.Outdoor Environmental Education
- Saturday, March 29, 8 a.m., 37th Annual All-Day Conference: Effective Authentic Artifacts at Stuyvesant HS, Manhattan.Players
- Thursday, March 20, 3:30 p.m., Board Meeting.
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