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UFT Weekly Update January 23, 2015      

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In this issue


Special DA on Wed., Jan. 28 at 52 Broadway

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week - Jan. 23, 2015

BUDDING AUTHORS: Kindergarten teacher Caitlyn Duffy from PS 112 in East Harlem reads a book with her students that they co-wrote as a group.

News of the Week

Join the campaign to fight Cuomo's disastrous proposals

In this Wednesday's State of the State address, Governor Cuomo embraced the corporate reform agenda for education with a vengeance. He blamed high school teachers for failing to graduate students ready for college and blamed elementary and middle school teachers for failing to get students to pass new and harder ELA and math tests. "The governor's speech served warmed-up Bloomberg leftovers," said UFT President Michael Mulgrew. Please ask all members to join the campaign to protect our schools. We've launched the social media piece of the campaign and we'll be rolling out other pieces in the weeks ahead. To be successful, we need everyone on board. Read the UFT story on Cuomo's speech.  

#InviteCuomo to your classroom and tell him what #AllKidsNeed

Our Twitter campaign is going viral! In less than a week, there have been nearly 15,000 total tweets using the hashtag #AllKidsNeed and more than 2,400 total tweets using the hashtag #InviteCuomo. We must keep up the pressure. Elected officials and journalists are all on Twitter and take public temperature readings based on what they read, so reassure your members that these tweets do have impact. The education policies that Governor Cuomo announced in Wednesday's State of the State address amount to a declaration of war on public schools and public school educators. Post this flier on your UFT bulletin board. Use the hashtag #InviteCuomo to invite Cuomo to visit your classroom. If you are game, snap a photo of yourself in your classroom (no kids please) and share that on Twitter with your invitation. Highlight the inequities and lack of resources hurting NYC public schools on Twitter by using the hashtag #AllKidsNeed. Tell the governor and the public what public school students really need. Read what your colleagues are saying using this hashtag and retweet their tweets. Remember, you must use the hashtags if you want to be seen and heard. Not on Twitter yet? Sign up now.

Join Moral Mondays event in Harlem this coming Monday

You are invited to join fellow educators, parents and community members for a Moral Monday rally in support of strong public schools, affordable housing, a higher minimum wage and other policies that will help working people on the steps of the State Office Building at the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Harlem at 4:30 p.m. this coming Monday, Jan. 26. The rally is part of the new Moral Monday movement in New York State, which began on Jan. 12 in Albany. That inaugural event, on the Capitol staircase, drew hundreds of parents and other public school advocates to press for fair funding for schools in the state budget. Now that the governor has thrown down the gauntlet, we need to take every opportunity we can to stand up for our students.

Last week for students to apply for the Shanker College Scholarship

Please reach out to your school's college advisors and guidance counselors to make sure that high school seniors take advantage of this great opportunity by applying for a scholarship. Each year the UFT awards $1 million in scholarships to academically excellent and financially eligible New York City public high school seniors through the Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund. To receive a $5,000 scholarship from the fund, those selected must be accepted in a full-time, matriculated, degree-granting program at an accredited college or university. You can get more information on the scholarship and application materials on the UFT Scholarship Fund page. The application deadline is Saturday, Jan. 31.


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To Do

  • Chapter leaders should alert their members to two approaching deadlines for Teacher's Choice, which come earlier this year than in previous years. The deadline for making all qualifying purchases is Saturday, Feb. 28. The deadline for submitting the Teacher's Choice Accountability Form to their principals or principal designees is Monday, March 2. Members in the Absent Teacher Reserve who meet eligibility requirements must submit a completed Teacher's Choice Accountability Form along with original invoices/receipts to the school secretary at the school to which they are assigned during the week of March 2. All program participants will be required to submit their receipts as proof of purchase. These receipts must accompany the Teacher's Choice Accountability Form. In order to qualify, purchases could have been made as early as Aug. 1, 2014, but must be made no later than Feb. 28, 2015. For details, see the flier. For additional information or assistance from the DOE, please contact the Teacher's Choice program at 718-935-4000 or teacherschoice@schools.nyc.gov. At the UFT, contact Michael Sill at msill@uft.org.
  • Teachers holding a Professional Certificate who were certified on Sept. 1, 2009 or  Feb. 1, 2010 should have received a letter and a tracking form from the DOE this month 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.
  • This year's Albany Lobby Day is Wednesday, March 4. We urge you to sign up early, because in the wake of the union's campaign for fairness and equity, we anticipate that there will be many more members who want to lobby their state legislators than there is available space on the buses. If you are interested in participating, contact your district representative as soon as possible for a link to the online registration form. Once your registration is complete, you must obtain approval from your principal. You can advise your principal that the Principal's Weekly states, "The State Aid Conference, which is sponsored by the United Federation of Teachers, will be held on March 4. Note that this conference is authorized as a conference day for selected teachers and as a non-attendance day for selected paraprofessionals." District representatives will provide the instructions for the online registration process. Please make sure that members understand that anyone who formally registers for Lobby Day but does not attend must report for work or use a sick or personal absence day. The online registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 23. If you have any questions, please contact your district representative or political action coordinator.
  • Make sure that newly hired members know that when submitting their application for health benefits, documentation must be provided for all individuals covered by the plan. If enrolling a spouse, the member must provide a copy of the marriage certificate and a federal tax return from the last two years (only the first page that shows the name of the spouse) or proof of joint ownership issued within the last six months with both names such as a mortgage, lease agreement, utility bill, bank statement, credit card statement or property tax statement. The application must be filed within 31 days of the member's appointment date to avoid delay of coverage and possible loss of benefits. This documentation process is also in effect for domestic partners and retirees when adding a spouse to a health benefit plan. If members have any questions about the health benefit application process, they should speak with the school payroll secretary.
  • Elementary Education members are encouraged to attend the 8th annual Early Childhood Conference on Saturday, March 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. This year's theme is "Learning Together, Growing Together." There will be greetings from UFT President Michael Mulgrew and a welcome address from Karen Alford, the UFT vice president for elementary schools and the conference chair. Attendees may choose among 16 exciting workshops. A full breakfast and a boxed lunch will be served. The registration fee is $30. Pre-registration is required. The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 20. For more information, including a list of workshops, and to register, see the event listing on the UFT calendar.
  • Please encourage teachers in your chapter to promptly complete the new online NYC School Survey for 2014-2015. The responses will inform the DOE's new school quality reports, which rely more heavily on qualitative data. Chapter leaders should confirm that their teachers received the postcard containing their personal login information. Make sure that they understand that they should use this login information to take the survey online. The survey aims to collect vital information about a school's capacity to incorporate the six transformative elements to improve student achievement — rigorous instruction, supportive environment, collaborative teachers, effective school leadership, strong family and community ties, and trust — that research has shown to drive school improvement and help develop students to compete in the 21st century. The survey is confidential: a third-party vendor is administering it, and neither the DOE nor any school staff has access to any individual survey responses. Please contact your district representative or email the DOE team directly at surveys@schools.nyc.gov if you have any questions.
  • Middle school members are encouraged to attend the Middle School Conference on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 52 Broadway from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This year's conference is tailored around educational and social-emotional opportunities that can benefit our middle school students. Participants can choose from among 14 workshops on topics including strategies for teaching reading, math and digital literacy; social and emotional learning and strategies to deal with behavior challenges; and evidenced-based approaches to writing instruction for English language learners. The registration fee of $30 includes breakfast, a keynote speaker, lunch and the choice of two workshops. You must pre-register. For more information and to register, see the UFT.org event listing. If you are part of a School Leadership Team, funds allocated to your team may cover conference fees. To apply for these funds, you should fill in the mail-in registration coupon for School Leadership Team members and fax it along with a DOE purchase order. The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 13.
  • Chapter leaders should be aware that in order to ensure that W-2 statements are distributed appropriately to teachers, guidance counselors and social workers in the Absent Teacher Reserve, most current ATR assignments will remain fixed through Feb. 6. Yesterday, Thursday, Jan. 22, your principal should have received an email with the names of ATRs who are serving at your school and are designated to receive their W-2s at your school that week. ATRs should also have received this notification. Please consult with your principal to make sure all ATRs in your school receive their W-2s at the same time as the rest of your members.
  • Chapter Leader Training, Part III will be held on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 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 III even if you did not attend Parts I and/or II. Register online for the training. Rooms will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 20. For more information, please call Anthony Rivera at 212-598-7747 or email arivera@uft.org.
  • Formal applications for schools interested in joining PROSE are due Feb. 27. For applications received by Feb. 2, the UFT/DOE PROSE Panel will make every effort to provide schools with feedback on their submission so that they have an opportunity to resubmit. For more information about the PROSE program, visit the new PROSE section of the website. To view a recorded version of the PROSE information sessions, visit the PROSE website.
  • Chapter leaders should be aware that the UFT and the DOE recently established a new process for hiring full-time secretaries that is similar to the way teachers are hired. It eliminates the qualifying exam and emphasizes the secretary's education and experience. The deadline for nominations by principals was Nov. 21, but nominations will still be processed as needed as long as no hiring restrictions are set by the DOE. Remember, the union won the arbitration prohibiting other workers from doing secretarial work. Given the arbitration win and the new hiring process, there should be no reason for others to be doing secretarial work. If this is happening in your school, be sure to let your district representative know. For more information on hiring, see the DOE website.
  • Remind your members of the importance of promptly reporting threats to the safety and security of staff and students to the UFT by filing an online safety-discipline report. Accurate reporting is the first step in creating a safe environment in every school.
  • Please tell your functional chapter members that principals may not use the teacher tenure framework as a rubric to assess functional chapter members' performance or make tenure decisions. The tenure framework only applies to tenure decisions for classroom teachers. If any member has questions, please contact your district representative.
  • Chapter leaders should be familiar with the new standards to reduce redundant and unnecessary paperwork and work collaboratively with school leadership to help resolve any school-level issues related to paperwork, whether electronic or paper, at the school level and to ensure the implementation of the systemwide standards at the school. The chapter leader may raise any paperwork-related concerns and/or matters related to implementation of the system-wide standards that cannot be resolved at the school to the UFT district representative. The district representative, in turn, may bring these unresolved issues to the district paperwork reduction committee, on which the district representative is a member. If the district committee cannot resolve the dispute, the union may bring it to the central paperwork committee. If the matter is still not resolved, or the central paperwork committee's decision is rejected by the chancellor, the UFT has the right to file a grievance. Read the details on the procedures for reducing paperwork and resolving paperwork disputes.
  • Please tell paraprofessionals in your school that the DOE is no longer accepting paper applications for medical and non-medical leaves for paraprofessionals other than for Workers' Compensation, line of duty and military leaves. Paraprofessionals seeking any other type of leave must apply online on the DOE's Self-Service Online Leave Application System (SOLAS). Paraprofessionals may upload the necessary supporting documentation to complete their online application. For paraprofessionals who have trouble uploading their documentation, the DOE has created a dedicated SOLAS fax line to fax in their documentation. At that point in the online application process, paraprofessionals can download a pre-printed fax cover sheet with the paraprofessional's information and the SOLAS fax number. If paraprofessionals need help logging on to SOLAS or do not have a DOE ID, they should call HR Connect at 718-935-4000. 

For your information

Middle school spring workshops: The middle school spring 2015 workshops are open to teachers who wish to upgrade their teaching skills or participate in a professional dialogue about their teaching career. Participants will receive two hours of professional development credit for each workshop attended. See page 35 of the UFT course catalog to download a mail-in registration form or register online with a credit card. Please choose your workshops and register at least 10 days before the workshop date. All workshops are held at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, from 4:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Please be sure to bring photo I.D. for entry.

3rd- and 4th-graders ski for free: ISKINY is offering 3rd- and 4th-graders a Learn to Ski or Ride Passport for free at the majority of New York ski resorts this winter when accompanied by a paying adult. A report card, progress report or letter from the school stating that the child is in 3rd or 4th grade must be sent along with a $25 processing fee. You will then receive a booklet of coupons good for free child lift tickets with the purchase of an adult lift ticket. For more information, including an application, program rules and participating ski areas, see the ISKINY website.

Team High School Awards Celebration: You are invited to join the UFT's high school team to honor the heroes of our school communities for their commitment to our students, our profession and our union on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UFT headquarters, Albert Shanker Hall, 52 Broadway. Festive attire is requested. See the event listing to register.

Nominate a theater education teacher: Do you know a teacher who uses the power of the arts to transform lives? Nominate a colleague for the inaugural Excellence in Theatre Education Award. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize for his or her school and a pair of tickets to the Tony Awards, where he or she will be acknowledged on the CBS telecast. The deadline to make a nomination is March 31.

Take advantage of educator discounts: Many stores and companies offer special discounts to educators. The UFT has compiled the discounts offered by stores, companies, NYSUT and the AFT in the discounts and promotions section of its website. Members should check with the individual companies if they have questions about the identity verification requirements to receive the discount. Some of these discounts require you to verify your DOE email address; others require a valid school or teacher ID. Some of these discounts are available in stores only, not online. If you are aware of other discounts for UFT members that we should add to our list, please let Rachel Nobel know at rnobel@uft.org.

Help recognize young peacemakers: Peace First is launching the third annual Peace First Prize to celebrate young people leading change in their schools and communities. The contest is open to anyone between the ages of eight and 22 who have demonstrated compassion, courage and the power to create collaborative change. Winners will receive $25,000 and participate in a two-year Peace First Fellowship to support their development as leaders and guide them in furthering their peacemaking work. You can nominate a student in your school or encourage students to apply directly on the Peace First website. The application and nomination deadline is Monday, March 30.  If you nominate someone by Friday, Feb. 6, you will be entered into a raffle for a chance to donate $100 to the peacemaking organization of your choice.

Keep DOE email for school: Do NOT use your DOE email address to conduct union business. All email correspondence about grievances and other union activities should be conducted using a non-DOE personal email address.

Information sessions for prospective school librarians: The DOE's Office of Library Services is holding information sessions for members at your school interested in becoming a school librarian or simply looking to expand their role as an educator while earning credits toward a salary differential. It's part of the DOE's effort to replenish the system's ranks of school librarians. Each of the two remaining sessions will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The sessions will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 27 in the Forest Hills HS library, 67-01 11th St. in Queens and on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 333 7th Ave., 7th floor conference room, in Manhattan. For more information, see the New York City School Library System website or email Richard Hasenyager at rhasenyager@schools.nyc.gov.

IEPs for pre-K students: According to state law, all staff with responsibility for implementing the IEPs of preschool students with disabilities must be provided electronic access to the IEPs or paper copies of the IEPs. Since IEPs of pre-K students with disabilities are not available electronically in SESIS, the DOE mailed hard copies of the pre-K IEPs to schools. By now, the IEPs should be in schools. Principals were informed of their IEP implementation responsibilities for pre-K students with disabilities in a cover letter that accompanied the IEPs. In addition to providing specific information about compliance with state laws and regulations, the letter outlined a number of best practices. Read the DOE's letter to principals to find out if your school is meeting its responsibilities. If your school has not received pre-K IEPs or is not following the requirements in the cover letter, or if you have other questions about pre-K special education, contact the office of Carmen Alvarez, the vice president for special education at 212-598-9546 or calvarez@uft.org or file a special education complaint.

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

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

Chicago mayor says pension is not in city budget: With the 2015 mayoral election only months away, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is arguing that municipal pension funds are not part of the city government, according to Salon.com. Despite an ordinance executed by Emanuel himself that restricts mayoral campaign contributions from city contractors, Emmanuel has received more than $600,000 in donations from pension management executives. In response to city aldermen's request for an investigation of such contributions, Emmanuel and his administration's ethics commission claimed that pensions are not the bailiwick of city government and, therefore, the financial firms do not do business with the city.

Produce workers ratify contract: Workers at Hunts Point Market in the Bronx, the largest produce market in the world, have overwhelmingly voted to approve a three-year contract, reports Laborpress.org. The 1,300 members of Teamsters Local 202 will receive significant wage increases in each year of the contract. Following the ratification vote, the union's leaders said the city must now move to renovate the market's facilities, which suffered extensive damage following Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Personality affects academic achievement: New research indicates that personality might be a greater predictor of academic success than intelligence alone, says Medical Daily. Students with traits such as agreeableness, extraversion, emotional stability, conscientiousness and openness are more likely to engage in their education through talking with teachers, helping other kids out and working hard all the time. Other studies correlate these personality traits with higher earnings in adulthood.


Events Calendar

Monday, Jan. 26: District 75 probationary teachers are invited to a Probationary Teachers Workshop for District 75 on developing a teaching portfolio for tenure. This workshop will he held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn UFT Office, 335 Adams Street, 25th Floor. Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited so register early. Online registration only.

Monday, Jan. 26: OT/PT members are invited to an informational meeting about your UFT Welfare Benefits at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Presentation will be provided by a UFT Welfare Fund Representative. Light refreshments will be served. Register online.

Tuesday, Jan. 27: Social workers and psychologists are encouraged to join us for the 9th annual Clinical Professional Development Day for Social Workers and Psychologists from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at UFT headquarters, Shanker Hall. Please spread the word to your co-workers. See the event listing for more information and to register. 

Tuesday, Jan. 27: Any educator interested in becoming a school librarian is invited to a library information session to explore the exciting field of information science. For more information, see the item in For Your Information.

Wednesday, Jan. 28: There will be a special Delegate Assembly meeting starting at 4:30 p.m. to respond to Governor Cuomo's attack on public schools. This will be the only item on the agenda. We'll discuss how we can work together to protect our public schools.

Wednesday, Jan. 28: Bronx District 12 probationary teachers are invited to a Probationary Teachers Workshop for District 12 to better understand the guidelines on developing a teaching portfolio for tenure. This workshop will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bronx UFT Office, 2500 Halsey Street. See the flier for more details.

Wednesday, Jan. 28: Brooklyn District 18 probationary teachers are invited to a Probationary Teachers Workshop for District 18 on developing a teaching portfolio for tenure. This workshop will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the District 18 office, 1106 E. 95th Street, Room 109, Brooklyn. Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited so register early. Online registration only. See the flier for more details.

Wednesday, Jan. 28: Manhattan probationary teachers are invited to a Tenure Workshop at the UFT Manhattan Borough Office, 52 Broadway, 10th Floor, Conference Room A-B from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to DLozupon@uft.org with your name, telephone number, non-DOE email, school and district. Seating is limited so register early. For more information, contact Dolores Lozupone at 212-598-6800.

Wednesday, Jan. 28: The monthly meeting of the Paraprofessionals Chapter will be held at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29: The UFT Manhattan Borough Office invites Manhattan members considering taking a sabbatical to attend its Sabbatical Workshop from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the UFT Manhattan Borough Office, 52 Broadway, 10th Floor, Conference Room A-B. RSVP to Monique Ross-McCoy at mmccoy@uft.org with your name, telephone number, school and district. For more information, call 212-598-6800. Light refreshments will be served. See the flier for more information.

Thursday, Jan. 29: The UFT's Middle School Division is hosting a meeting for middle school paraprofessionals at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th Floor, Room G from 4:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. RSVP by email asantiago@uft.org. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, Jan. 29: The Academic High School Awards Celebration will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Albert Shanker Hall. See the item in For Your Information for details.

Tuesday, Feb. 3: Staten Island members are invited to a Maternity and Child Care Leave Workshop from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Staten Island UFT Office, 4456 Amboy Road. Know your rights concerning maternity, childcare and FMLA leaves. See the event listing for more details and to register.

Wednesday, Feb. 4: Queens members are invited to a Maternity Workshop from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Queens UFT Office, 97-77 Queens Blvd., 5th Floor, Rego Park. Reservations are required. Seating is limited. RSVP to Karla Jordan at kjordan@uft.org with your due date, file number, non-DOE email address, school, district and cell phone number. See the flier for more details.

Wednesday, Feb. 4: Paraprofessionals are invited to attend the Literacy Strategies to Support Students workshop from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Brooklyn UFT Office, 335 Adams Street. This workshop is for full-time paraprofessionals only and is available to the first 150 registrants. Walk-ins will not be permitted. The cost is $10 per person. Registration is closed. For more information, contact Lizzette Hernandez at the DOE at 1-718-935-2449.

Wednesday, Feb. 4: Bronx members considering taking a sabbatical are invited to attend this Sabbatical Workshop from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bronx UFT Office, 2500 Halsey Street. See the flier to register.

Wednesday, Feb. 4: The monthly meeting of the School Nurses Chapter will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 50 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Room C.  Members will meet to discuss and address the ongoing issues and concerns we face daily. Attendance is encouraged and is essential to communicate and coordinate information to our school nurses.

Wednesday, Feb. 4: Brooklyn members are invited to the Maternity and Childcare Leave Workshop from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the UFT Brooklyn Office, 335 Adams Street, 25th Floor, Rooms E and F. Get the facts you need to plan your maternity and childcare-related leave. Pre-registration is required. See the flier for more details and to register.

Wednesday, Feb. 4: The Speech Chapter Meeting will be held from 4:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, Room 19G. (Please note: The date of this meeting has changed from Wednesday, Feb. 11 to Wednesday, Feb. 4.) Join other speech chapter members for an executive board and general membership meeting. Please bring your questions and concerns. Refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, Feb. 4: The Education Officers & Education Analysts Chapter Meeting will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn UFT Office, 335 Adams Street, 25th Floor, Room E. This is the monthly meeting of the Education Officers & Education Analysts Chapter. Any agenda or suggestions for these meetings should be emailed to emendez@uft.org.

Thursday, Feb. 5: Bronx teachers in District 10 are invited to attend the Probationary Teachers Seminar from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at PS/MS 37, 60 West 230th Street, Bronx. Join us for an informational session with the district superintendent that will help you better understand the guidelines. See the flier for details.

Friday, Feb. 6: Join the African Heritage Committee for the 12th annual Black History Month Dinner Dance from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Antun's in Queens Village, 96-43 Springfield Boulevard, Queens. This year's theme is "Together We Can." UFT Manhattan Borough Representative Dwayne Clark will receive the Trailblazer Award and Valentin Colon, the president of Local 1930, will receive the Frederick Douglass Award for Civil and Human Rights. The cost of this event is $90. To register, download the mail-in coupon in the event listing.

Saturday, Feb. 28: Join us for the 2nd annual Middle School Conference. See details in To Do.

Saturday, March 7: Join us for the 8th annual Early Childhood Conference. See details in To Do.

Saturday, March 21: Save the date for the annual Paraprofessional Festival and Awards Luncheon. For more information, see the event listing.

Saturday, May 9: Save the date for the UFT's 2nd annual 5K Family Run/Walk in MCU Park to benefit the UFT Disaster Relief Fund. Registration form to follow.

For more events, go to uft.org/calendar.


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)

  • Saturday, Feb. 7, 7:30 a.m., GMNY 2015: Echoes of Freedom.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m. CSPSS Meeting.

ELAC/UFT (English Language Arts Council)

  • Wednesday, Feb. 25, 4:30 p.m., Common Core Learning Standards Workshop III: Multiple Points of View in Different Genres.

ESL/Bilingual Committee

  • Thursday, March 19, 4:30 p.m., Multiple Entry Points (Part I): Using Multisensory Resources and Making Multidisciplinary Connections.

NYC Music Teachers Association/UFT

  • Saturday, Jan. 31, 9 a.m., Building Musical Instruments with Recycled Materials.

NYCATA/UFT (NYC Art Teachers Assn.)

  • Wednesday, Feb. 4, 4:30 p.m., Licensing/Certification.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m. AW15 Planning Meeting.

Players

  • Thursday, Feb. 5, 3 p.m., Board Meeting.

Science

  • Friday, Feb. 27, 7:15 p.m., at NYU, "Materials Chemistry in a Virtual Laboratory: Structure, Support, and Functionalization."

Editor: Peter O'Donnell

Contributors include: Amy Arundell, Bob Astrowsky, LeRoy Barr, Jackie Bennett, Hannah Brown, Maia Davis, Evelyn DeJesus, Ellie Engler, Lila Ezra, Anthony Harmon, Janella Hinds, David Kazansky, Junior Linton, Richard Mantell, Ebony Martin, Deidre McFadyen, Gary Mehra, Cara Metz, Rachel Nobel, Jeffrey Povalitis, Emil Pietromonaco, Nadine Reis, Anthony Rivera, Michael Sill, Laura Tamburo, Liz Truly and Bernadette Weeks.

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Version: 2015.0.5645 / Virus Database: 4273/8994 - Release Date: 01/24/15


No virus found in this message.
Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
Version: 2015.0.5645 / Virus Database: 4273/8994 - Release Date: 01/24/15