Monday, November 23, 2015

Fwd: UFT Weekly Update Nov. 20

Subject: UFT Weekly Update Nov. 20

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In this issue

The next Chapter Leader Update will come out on Dec. 4.

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week - Nov. 20, 2015
DEFINING ART: Randi Boxer, the chapter leader at PS 152 near Brooklyn College, shows off the door to her art classroom.

This Week's Focus

Delegate Assembly passes resolution to halt expansion of Success Academy schools

The Delegate Assembly on Nov. 12 unanimously approved a resolution calling for a moratorium on the opening of new Success Academy Charter Schools pending a full investigation of the disciplinary policies and high rate of suspensions at current Success schools. The principal at one of Moskowitz's schools maintained a "Got to Go" list of students that the school wanted out, The New York Times revealed. PBS NewsHour reported that Success Academy schools repeatedly suspended challenging kindergartners and 1st-graders. Commenting on the reports, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "Eva Moskowitz got caught doing what we said she has been doing for years." Read the full resolution.

Help educate members about the benefits of union membership

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association likely won't come until the spring. What we can do now is to make sure that all our members understand what the UFT does for them in terms of salary, financial security, health benefits, advocacy and representation. The Friedrichs case challenges the "fair share" requirement that public-sector workers in unionized jobs who choose not to join their union must still pay their fair share of the cost of union representation and services. The case was brought by 10 teachers from California and the Christian Educators Association International who are represented by the conservative Center for Individual Rights. "As this case moves forward, let it be clear to everyone what this is really about: the continued effort of a very few people to try to obtain more wealth and power for themselves at the expense of everyone else," said UFT President Michael Mulgrew at a Nov. 15 press conference hosted by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to announce that he is leading a coalition of 20 states and the District of Columbia in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the Friedrichs case on behalf of organized labor. Show this video clip from the press conference at your next chapter meeting and read the story on Sunday's press conference on the UFT website.  

UFT launches new training institute to support you

We are proud to announce the launch of the UFT's new Institute for Education and Labor Studies aimed at supporting and strengthening our chapters. Chapter leaders and delegates are the backbone of the union. We want to help you build your skills and knowledge to make you as successful as you can be in your role. We are offering ten two-hour courses, once at each UFT borough office in December, January or February. Courses are filling up so register now! Each semester, we plan to offer a variety of courses designed to support chapter leaders and delegates. You may register for courses on the date and at the location that is most convenient for you. Upon completion of five courses, you will receive a certificate recognizing your commitment to your role within our union in addition to a $100 stipend. Read the description of the first round of courses. And use our online form to register.

Last chance to weigh in on the Common Core standards with the State Education Department

There is still time to participate in the State Education Department's review of the Common Core Learning Standards. We encourage you to lend your professional voice to the conversation and tell the state Education Commissioner what you think of the standards by taking the State Education Department survey. As a union of educators, we believe in the importance of learning standards. But we believe those standards must be developmentally appropriate and adequately scaffolded to give all students the tools they need to succeed. The comment period will close on Monday, Nov. 30. Now is the time to make our voices heard.

Your Chapter Leader Checklist

  • Additional school funds available to offset long-term member absences: Talk to your principal about the process for obtaining reimbursement for the cost of hiring a per diem sub when a member is absent for more than 30 days but is still on payroll, such as for a maternity leave. The new Borough Field Support Center teams will review requests for reimbursement, which must be sent by the principal via email, and allocate the funds if approved. This policy will remain in effect as long as there are sufficient resources to support these reimbursements. Read the full description of this policy on the UFT website.
  • Register for chapter leader training, part 3: Thanks to all the new and veteran chapter leaders who gathered last weekend for the second of four weekend training sessions for chapter leaders. The energy was high and your dedication to the mission of serving our members was in evidence throughout the two days. Registration is now open for the third weekend of training, which will be held on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 in Rye, New York. We want chapter leaders to attend all four parts if possible, but you can still sign up for part 3 even if you were unable to make it to one or both of the first two sessions. Chapter leader training is open to all new chapter leaders as well as chapter leaders who have not received training in 10 years.
  • Follow UFT divisions and departments on Twitter: Did you know various UFT divisions and departments are on Twitter? To get the latest news and information, you can follow the UFT elementary schools division @UFT_Elementary; the UFT middle schools division @UFTMS_Division; the UFT high schools division @UFTTeamHS; the UFT Brooklyn borough office @UFT_BKOffice; the UFT Manhattan borough office @UFT_MBO; representatives from UFT District 75 @D75uft; and the UFT Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff @UFTACTS.
  • Urge all members of your chapter to sign up for the UFT website: Since we now rely on email blasts as the principal way to convey important information quickly to our members, it is essential that you encourage all your members who have not yet signed up on our website to do so. Once they sign up, they will be added to our email distribution list for news updates and action alerts and they will also be able to search their contracts, use online health benefits forms and enroll online for UFT courses and workshops. To sign up on the website, members should go to the UFT website and click the sign up link at the top of the page.
  • Physical education survey for elementary school chapter leaders: We are working with the city Department of Education to better understand how each elementary school is providing physical education to students. We are asking all elementary school chapter leaders to fill out this brief survey or forward this email to their school's phys ed teacher to respond on their behalf. If you haven't yet done so, please take a few minutes to complete the survey now.
  • Proud of your UFT bulletin board?: The union bulletin board is an important vehicle to keep members up to date about union services, meetings, activities and much more. To help every school have a strong union bulletin board, let's share what we do in our own school buildings. Please send a large-size photo of your bulletin board with a short description of how you use it and what you post to with the subject line "My bulletin board." We will create a photo gallery of effective and creative UFT bulletin boards to inspire and provide ideas to fellow chapter leaders, especially our new ones.
  • Mediation for workplace conflicts: If members have workplace disputes, trained UFT mediators are available to provide private and free mediation to help resolve the problem. Information about the union's Workplace Dispute Mediation Program is available on the UFT website or by email at You can also print the flier for your UFT bulletin board.
  • Request a visit to your school from a UFT representative: Various UFT officers and representatives from UFT departments are available to visit your school and speak with members of your chapter. You can now request a visit using new online forms available in the chapter leader section of the UFT website in the Request a School Visit subsection. You may request a visit from the following UFT offices and officers: the Office of Personnel, Payroll and Special Projects, to discuss the evaluation system, school budgets, SBOs and more; the Grievance Department, to discuss contract empowerment, APPR complaints, grievances and more; the Safety and Health Department, to discuss environmental issues, school safety, incident reporting and more; the Welfare Fund, to discuss supplemental health benefits and more; a UFT certification specialist, to answer new teachers' certification questions; Vice President for Education Evelyn De Jesus, to discuss support for English language learners, professional development, mentoring and more; the Office of Academic High Schools, to discuss issues involving high schools; Vice President for Middle Schools Richard Mantell, to discuss issues involving middle schools; Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford, to discuss issues involving elementary schools; Vice President for Career and Technical Education High Schools Sterling Roberson, to discuss issues involving CTE schools.
  • Supporting ATR members: If you have new UFT members from the ATR pool in your school, please welcome them, give them access to a bathroom key, and check to make sure they have been given assignments that are appropriate for their titles. Now that the cold weather is upon us, it is more important than ever that our colleagues are given a secure place to store their belongings. Don't forget to invite ATRs to chapter meetings, and remember that these members should never be barred from school-based professional development.
  • School-based committees: School-based committees ensure that UFT members have a voice in decision-making at the school level and that all the work does not fall on the chapter leader's shoulders. Make sure that you have the following active committees at your school: a consultation committee that meets monthly with the principal to discuss and attempt to resolve issues at the school level before they escalate; a professional development committee to plan and review the PD that is offered during the time set aside for professional learning in the contract; a school safety committee that meets monthly to address safety-related violations and issues such as crisis response, student removal procedures and fire drills; and a school leadership team that develops the school's Comprehensive Educational Plan and makes sure it is aligned with the school-based budget. If you need support, please contact your district representative.
  • Text messages from the UFT: The UFT has launched its new text messaging system. It is a powerful way for the union to communicate with members about weather emergencies/school cancellations, political campaigns and other important news and events. If you aren't already receiving text messages from the UFT, please text "UFT" to 30644. At your next chapter meeting, ask for a show of hands of who is receiving text messages from the UFT. Then, directing your attention to those who are not, please pull out your own cell phone and ask those members to opt in for text messaging right now with you by texting "UFT" to 30644.

Tell Your Members

Salary & Personnel

Teacher's Choice accountability forms due in January: Let your members know that Teacher's Choice accountability forms are due on Jan. 15, which is earlier than in previous years. Members can submit their forms beginning on Dec. 1. Funding has increased this year to $122 for teachers — a 62 percent increase over last year's allocation thanks to a big social media and member-lobbying campaign in the spring. We do not want to return unused funds. Payroll secretaries will be providing the DOE with a non-participation list. If members have not previously submitted a Teacher's Choice opt-out form, the DOE will assume that they are participating in the program and they will be expected to submit a completed accountability form by the Jan. 15 deadline. All eligible members will receive their Teacher's Choice allocation in their paycheck by Nov. 30. This money will not be taxed. Purchases must be made by Jan. 8. 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
2015–16 parking permits should have arrived: There has been a delay in the distribution of parking placards for this school year. Many schools — but not all — received their parking permits on Oct. 30. Given this delay, the DOE has informed the UFT that all 2014–15 permits that expired in October will be honored through November. If your school has not yet received 2015–16 permits, you should continue to use last year's permits. In the event that any UFT member using a 2014–15 parking permit receives a parking ticket in November that is a result of an expired 2014–15 placard, that member should make a copy of the placard and the ticket and contact his or her district representative. The DOE will take care of these tickets. Your school should have received 2015–16 parking permit placards from the DOE by today, Friday, Nov. 20. The protocol for distributing parking placards remains the same. You can view your school's parking permit allocation.
Urge members to resolve certification requirements: You may have members who have outstanding certification issues that must be resolved immediately. These members have been reminded in writing by the city Department of Education that if they do not complete their requirements for certification or receive another extension by the Aug. 31, 2016 expiration date, they will be fired. These warnings should not be ignored. Please remind your members that it is important that they follow the instructions in the letter as soon as possible. UFT President Michael Mulgrew has sent a reminder letter to those affected, offering assistance through the UFT borough offices to answer any questions that members have about their status and how to resolve certification problems. UFT educational liaisons in the borough offices as well as certification services staff are available to answer questions and facilitate members' efforts to follow the instructions in the DOE letter. 
Make sure ATRs know about interviews: ATRs — and the principals at the schools to which they are assigned — may receive an email containing a schedule of mandatory interviews to attend. ATRs must be released for these interviews. ATRs should know that if they miss two mandatory interviews they can be deemed "voluntarily resigned." Please print and distribute the letter to ATRs to reinforce the importance of these interviews.


Clarification on lesson plans: Chancellor Carmen Fariña 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.
New support for teachers of oversized kindergarten classes: Following a union-initiated grievance, the DOE and the UFT have agreed to additional supports for kindergarten teachers whose classes are oversized. If there are 26 students in the class, the teacher will receive one extra prep period a week. If there are 27 students in the class, the DOE will supplement the teacher for one half of the school day with one of the following staff members: a paraprofessional or substitute paraprofessional, or a school-based teacher, teacher in the ATR pool or substitute teacher to work with the regularly assigned teacher. If there are 28 or more students enrolled in the class, the DOE will supplement the teacher for the full school day with one of the following staff members: a paraprofessional or substitute paraprofessional, or a school-based teacher, teacher in the ATR pool or substitute teacher to work with the regularly assigned teacher. The DOE will be contacting the principals of the affected schools to inform them of this additional support in the next week. These additional requirements will be in place as long as the class is over the 25-student limit this year, and the support will be adjusted accordingly if the class reduces in size during the year. Class-size grievances regarding other grades continue to follow the regular process. Please contact your district rep if you have any questions or concerns.


Last chance to receive Tripod Survey results: Teachers who are interested in viewing their results from the 2014–15 Tripod Student Perception Survey must download the survey by Tuesday, Dec. 8. Teachers should have received an email with a link to the survey results from Cambridge Education. Chapter leaders should reassure teachers that these surveys were not used for evaluative stakes in the last school year and, if administered this school year, will not be used for evaluative stakes in 2015–16.

Political Action

Provide feedback on draft of new global history and geography Regents exam: The New York State Education Department is looking for feedback to inform development of the new Common Core-aligned Regents exam for global history and geography, which is scheduled to be administered for the first time in June 2018. High school chapter leaders are being asked to encourage teachers of global studies in their schools to fill out a short survey on the draft design of the new exam. The survey will be available through Nov. 30.
Spread the word about the great things happening in our schools: Tell your members about our new campaign, Passion and Promise in Our Public Schools, and let New Yorkers know about all the incredible things that public school educators are doing to improve children's lives. Encourage members to share a story about your school or colleagues or share the featured stories on social media. We will use your ideas to update our campaign page and for New York Teacher feature stories, short videos and social media. By sharing your stories far and wide, we can show New Yorkers how public schools, when given the proper support, have the power to transform children, families and neighborhoods.

Health and Safety

Keep personal items and equipment secure: Remind members to protect themselves against theft. Members should take care to secure all personal belongings and valuable school equipment such as laptops, camcorders and projectors. Read this article for more tips.
Borough taskforce meetings on school safety: School deans are encouraged to attend borough taskforce meetings in November to review scanning protocols and other safety measures in schools. The New York Police Department has no plans to reduce scanning in schools that have metal detectors. The purpose of these regular annual meetings is to go over current procedures and provide a chance for deans to ask questions.
Victim Support Program: In the case of a tragedy or traumatic event that affects your entire school community, the Victim Support Program can provide on-site counseling for your school. The program, co-sponsored by the UFT's school safety division and the DOE, also provides psychological support and practical assistance to staff members who are victims of workplace violence. In addition to crisis intervention, the program offers victim outreach and psychological counseling. All services are free and confidential. For further information, call 212-598-6853. Read more about Victim Support Program services.

New Teachers

Coaching for Academic Literacy Skills Test: The UFT Teacher Center is offering a coaching session for educators preparing to take the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST). During this session, participants will address the test format; focus on successful test-taking techniques; examine critical-thinking strategies for short-answer question, and provide participants with practice material. The cost to register is $50. This first session will be held at UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway on Saturday, Dec. 5. See registration information on the UFT website.
Coaching for Educating All Students certification exam: The UFT Teacher Center is offering coaching sessions for educators preparing to take the Educating All Students (EAS) New York State certification exam. During these sessions, participants will analyze the content, structure and layout of the Educating All Students digital exam; explore effective test-taking strategies; and discuss the five competencies being tested on the exam. The cost to register is $50. All sessions will be held at UFT borough offices in November and December. Sessions begin on Saturday, Nov. 14 in Staten Island. For a full list of session dates and times and to resister, see the UFT course catalog.
Tenure workshops: Do your newer members know that UFT borough offices will be hosting tenure workshops throughout the fall? Check the UFT website's events calendar and inform your members of the next upcoming tenure workshops in your borough. 
Assistance for new members: The UFT's Member Assistance Program invites new teachers to participate in a weekly peer support and informational group. New teachers will be able to gain knowledge about their union, meet their peers and relieve stress. The group will meet on Wednesday afternoons at UFT headquarters, 50 Broadway, from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Registration is required. New teachers should email or call 212-701-9620 for registration information.

Special Education

Important concerns for integrated-co-teaching classes: The UFT has received a number of complaints about integrated co-teaching classes with more than the permissible number of students with disabilities and about ICT classes with only one teacher. The number of students with IEPs in an ICT class may not exceed 40 percent of the total class register with a maximum of 12 students with disabilities. The 40 percent and 12-student limit includes any student with a disability in that class, regardless of whether ICT services have been recommended. If an ICT class in your school does not meet these requirements, please let us know by filing a confidential online UFT special education complaint.
New online assessment to debut this spring: Teachers who work with students who participate in the New York State Alternate Assessment should be aware that a new online alternate assessment for ELA and math, developed by Dynamic Learning Maps, will be administered beginning in March 2016. The Dynamic Learning Maps alternate assessment is currently being used in 16 other states. It is computer-based and does not require teachers to design or score the exam. We will be working collaboratively with the DOE to address training in the new assessment as well as any issues around technical capacity for administration. We will keep you informed.

English Language Learners

Additional funds for ENL services: Schools should have received additional funding to support the mandates of the newly amended CR Part 154, which requires schools to provide expanded services to English language learners and former ELLs. Work with your principal to find out if your school received its allocated funds. More information is available in this Department of Education memo.
Schools must obtain test scores for transfer students: ELL educators should be aware that students who transfer from one public school district in New York State to another within two years are not eligible for the English language learner identification process and must have their NYSITELL/NYSESLAT scores transferred from the sending school. Schools must contact the sending school to obtain the student's home language designation and proficiency level upon enrollment.
New resources for ELL educators: ELL educators are encouraged to visit the Colorín Colorado website, which has recently been revamped and now offers many new resources for teachers working to support students striving to meet Common Core standards. 
Special workshop for teachers of ELLs: Teachers of English language learners are invited to "Colorín Colorado 2.0: Professional Resources for Educators of ELLs in the Common Core Era," a special event hosted by the ESL/Bilingual Committee. Giselle Lundy-Ponce, the associate director of the AFT's Education Issues Department, will be the guest speaker, and participants will receive an extensive array of free resources. This event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Queens UFT Office, 97-77 Queens Blvd., 8th Floor, Room G, Rego Park. Participants can register online. All participants will receive two ELL professional development credit hours for attending this event.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Showcase School visits: The DOE's Showcase Schools Program supports interschool collaborative learning by inviting teachers and administrators across the city to visit schools that highlight promising practices. This year, 23 Showcase Schools ranging from pre-K to high school will share strategies in one or more learning focus areas. All members are invited to participate in the first round of Showcase School visits, which will take place through Friday, Dec. 4. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can get more information or register on the DOE website. The registration deadline for fall visits is Dec. 3, and you can now register for winter and spring visits as well. You can also view a video that highlights the Showcase Schools program.
More workshops for elementary school teachers: The National Center for Economic and Financial Education is offering three professional workshops for elementary school teachers. The workshops will take place in November and December. Participants will receive continuing education credit. Learn about "Financial Fitness for Life," which will reinforce students' math and ELA skills while teaching them important concepts in economics and personal finance. Another workshop focuses on "Never Too Young: Personal Finance After-School Program," a program that will introduce children as young as 5 to basic economic concepts through fun, interactive activities such as songs, stories and games. The "Virtual Economics 4.5" workshop will demonstrate how to navigate the new 4.5 version of the Virtual Economics flash drive, which provides all the tools needed to create engaging economic and personal finance lessons. For workshop dates and times or to register online, see the Council for Economic Education website or contact Alexis Andrews at or 212-730-6728.

Community Service

Donate a new holiday toy for a homeless child: The UFT, in collaboration with the Coalition for the Homeless, is seeking your support in bringing the joy of the holiday season to girls and boys who currently do not have permanent homes. Ask your members to share in the season of joy by donating an unwrapped, brand-new toy for a deserving child. All toy donations should be delivered to your UFT borough office no later than Wednesday, Dec. 9. See the flier for the contact person and phone number for each borough. You can post the flier on your UFT bulletin board. Please contact your UFT borough office if you have any questions.

Professional Recognition

Big Apple Award nominations: The nomination period for the fourth annual "Big Apple Awards: Recognizing Teacher Excellence in New York City," overseen by the DOE in partnership with the Fund for Public Schools, will run until Jan. 18, 2016. Students, families, educators and community members can nominate a standout teacher who demonstrates exceptional success in affecting student learning, in their instructional practices, and in their professional contributions to their school community. This year, the DOE is especially interested in recognizing teachers in critical grades and subjects including grades 2, 7 and 10, as well as teachers of special education and English language learners. For more information and to submit a nomination, see the DOE website
Team High School Award nominations 2016: The UFT Academic High School Awards honor the unsung heroes who deserve to be recognized for going above and beyond to connect with students, communities and the union. Please nominate a colleague, community member or school whose work you appreciate and whose contributions to our union and commitment to our school communities may be hidden from your colleagues. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, Dec. 4. Read the award descriptions and use the online form to submit a nomination.

Our Functional Chapters

School-related professional celebrations in all five boroughs: All school-related professionals are invited to celebrate the work they do with their students at SRP Recognition Day events, which have been held throughout the fall in each borough. The last remaining celebration is for SRPs in Brooklyn.

This Week in Education and Labor News

Congressional committee agrees on ESEA revisions: A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate agreed in committee on legislation to replace the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), according to the Washington Post. The bill, which will likely be voted on in December, makes it clear that states are not required to use test scores in teacher evaluation. It also allows states and local school districts to determine how to define and respond to poor school performance.
Landmark decision against for-profit college: For-profit college company Education Management Corporation (EDMC) will pay $95.5 million — the largest False Claims Act settlement ever with a for-profit college — to resolve a 2007 whistleblower lawsuit claiming the company illegally paid its recruiters based on the number of students signed up, reports the Huffington Post. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the settlement "a historic step forward in our collective ongoing fight against fraudulent and abusive practices in the for-profit college industry." She called EDMC "a high pressure recruitment mill." Last year EDMC took in about a billion dollars in taxpayer-provided student aid: $335 million in Pell Grants and $650 million in federal student loans.
Airport workers strike for pay raise and unionization:  More than 2,000 airport workers, including cleaners, wheelchair attendants and baggage handlers at seven of the busiest U.S. airports, went on strike on Wednesday night to protest hourly salaries as low as $6.75 and retaliation for unionizing, reports the Washington Post. "Despite working full time, they cannot afford to rent a room for themselves, let alone take care of their families," said Marc Goumbri, an SEIU spokesman with the campaign. Some workers say the low wages force them to work two or three jobs to sustain their families.

Events Calendar

This Week

Friday, Nov. 20–Saturday, Nov. 21: Guidance counselors are invited to the New York State School Counselor Association Annual Conference 2015. This all-day conference will take place at the Sagamore Resort Lake George in Bolton Landing. This year's theme is School Counselors: Advocating Access For All. For more information, visit the conference website.
Monday, Nov. 23: Probationary District 19 members are invited to a tenure workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Brooklyn UFT office, 335 Adams St. District 19 Representative Vicki Bucellato will help prepare you for the tenure process. District 19 Superintendent Joyce Stallings Harte will join the meeting to discuss the best evidence of teacher practice and student learning and to answer questions. Space is limited and preregistration is required.
Tuesday, Nov. 24: The social workers and psychologists executive board meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 50 Broadway, Room 2B.
Tuesday, Nov. 24: Probationary teachers from Brooklyn and BASIS high schools are invited to a tenure workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Brooklyn UFT borough office, 335 Adams Street. High school superintendents will discuss the best evidence of teacher practice and student learning and answer members' questions. See the flier for more details and to register.
Tuesday, Nov. 24: The paraprofessional chapter meeting will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway.
For more events, go to

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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 1-212-598-7772 or visit us online.
Albanian American
  • Friday, Dec. 4, 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, "Flag Day Celebration."
ATSS/UFT (Assn. of Teachers of Social Studies)
  • Friday, Dec. 11, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Executive Board Meeting.
Capably Disabled
  • Monday, Dec. 14, 4:15 to 6 p.m., General Membership Meeting.
ELAC/UFT (English Language Arts Council)
  • Thursday, Dec. 17, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., "26th Annual Vic's Picks: Must Sees of the Season."
Humane Education
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., "Theatre Arts and Humane Education."
NYC Music Teachers Association/UFT
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., "Releasing the Voice Within: Alexander Technique for Musicians and Educators."

Editor: Peter O'Donnell
Executive Editor: Bernadette Weeks
Contributors include: Karen Alford, Amy Arundell, Carmen Alvarez, Ina Babb-Henry, Hannah Brown, Joseph Colletti, Rita Danis, Evelyn DeJesus, Adhim Deveaux, Anthony Harmon, Janella Hinds, Charles Lobello, Richard Mantell, Ebony Martin, Deidre McFadyen, Gary Mehra, Emma Camacho Mendez, Rachel Nobel, Jeffrey Povalitis, Nadine Reis, Anthony Rivera, Adam Ross, Nanette Sanchez-Rosario, Christine Rowland, Michael Sill, Liz Truly, Miriam Vega, Cheryl Wickham and Kerry Yefet.
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