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  UFT Weekly Update October 3, 2014

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In this issue


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

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week - Sept. 19, 2014

SUPPORTING MEMBERS: UFT President Michael Mulgrew arrives for a morning school visit at Seth Low Intermediate School in Bensonhurst on Oct. 2 as the Success Academy Charter School in the same building prepares to shuttle its students and their teachers and parents in buses to Eva Moskowitz's rally.

News of the Week

Help for members with questions about two 1 percent pay increases

The first rate increases under the new contract have now taken effect. The contract featured a 1 percent pay increase retroactive to May 1, 2013, and another 1 percent pay increase retroactive to May 1, 2014. Both the salary adjustments and the corresponding retroactive payments were in this week's paychecks for Q-bank employees and in last week's paychecks for H-bank employees. Salary adjustments and corresponding retroactive payments for per session and per-diem work for pedagogues are being processed today, Oct. 3. We've put together information to help members in the different job titles calculate the arrears that they are owed if they would like to double-check the DOE's own calculations. After members have checked the payroll portal, if they still have questions or concerns, they can use our online salary inquiry form for teachers and other Q-Bank employees or our salary inquiry form for H-bank employees.

Share your PD ideas and resources with colleagues

If your school is doing useful and relevant PD, the UFT wants to help you share it with your colleagues at other schools. We are building a repository of professional development ideas for schools in a new special section of the UFT website. (Because of copyright restrictions on some of the content, only UFT members may enter this section. You must be logged in to UFT.org to access it.) The UFT Teacher Center created the initial materials, but we want to supplement that with member-created materials. If you have PD ideas that you would like to contribute, we invite you to use this online form to submit PD materials for review. The New York Teacher is also looking for schools to profile that are doing meaningful and relevant professional development. If you would like your school to be considered, please email Executive Editor Deidre McFadyen at dmcfadyen@uft.org.

Join us to celebrate Teacher Union Day on Nov. 2

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

Thanks for making chapter leader weekend a success

We want to thank the new and veteran chapter leaders who gathered last weekend for the first of three annual weekend trainings for chapter leaders. The energy was high and your dedication to the mission of serving our members was in evidence throughout the two days. Our members will benefit from your participation and attention. See photos from the training weekend. Whether or not you were able to attend the first part, you can attend the next weekend of training, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 23 if you are a new chapter leader or a chapter leader who has not received training in 10 years.


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To Do

  • Any teacher whose overall rating was Ineffective for the 2013-14 school year and wants to appeal that rating should make an appointment with their UFT borough office as soon as possible — and no later than Oct. 17 — in order to appeal the rating. If you are aware of teachers in your school who received an Ineffective rating, please urge them to call their borough office immediately and make an appointment with an intake advisor in order to file their appeals. For more information about the appeals process for Ineffective ratings, see the flier. Teachers who have questions or concerns about their overall rating or their component scores should fill out the union's online APPR rating issues form, which is designed to capture all the information that the union needs in order to assist the member. See the flier for more information.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22 is Pink Day to raise awareness about breast cancer. Please encourage your colleagues to wear pink to work that day. Also, be sure to wear pink to the Delegate Assembly meeting that day. Send your photos — with caption information — to uftgopink@gmail.com and use the hashtag #uftgopink when posting your photos on your own accounts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
  • All chapter leaders are being asked to organize a winter coat/accessories (hats, gloves, scarves, etc.) drive in their schools to bring to the Oct. 22 and Nov. 5 Delegate Assemblies. These garments will be given out to students in need at our first annual Thanksgiving luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 22 at noon at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. Members are also welcome to attend the luncheon, which is being organized by the UFT Middle School Division in collaboration with the Coalition for the Homeless. For more information about the Thanksgiving luncheon, see the flier or download the donation/participation form to register.
  • The DOE will begin quality reviews on Monday, Oct. 27. Under the new systemwide paperwork standards negotiated by the UFT and the DOE, educators can no longer be asked to create documents specifically for the purposes of the quality review. Those conducting the quality review must make their assessments based on what they see and hear that is part of the normal course of teaching and learning. Please alert your district rep if your school's principal is requiring extra paperwork for the exclusive purpose of the quality review.
  • UFT phone banks will be running full speed in every borough office to return the New York State Senate to the Democrats in this crucial election year. Starting Tuesday, Oct. 14 and going through Monday, Nov. 3, the day before Election Day, phone banks will be in operation. Please call your borough office and ask to speak to your borough's political action coordinator to sign up to volunteer at a phone bank. For specific dates and times, download the flier for your borough: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island. Post your flier on your UFT bulletin board. Be sure to encourage your members to come out to vote on Election Day and pull the lever for all of our UFT-endorsed candidates.
  • Gear up your members and parents to participate in our annual Making Strides against Breast Cancer fundraising walk on Sunday, Oct. 19 at locations around the city. If you have not already done so, please sign up and create a UFT team for your school or worksite. For more information, call your UFT borough office and ask to speak to the Strides coordinator. Use the hashtags #uftgopink and #makingstrides when posting your photos from the walk to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Also be sure to send your photos with your school name and borough to uftgopink@gmail.com so we can post them on our website or Facebook gallery. Last year, along with NYSUT members, UFT members helped to raise over $1 million for the American Cancer Society to combat the disease with research, information and services.
  • Tell your teachers that if they were rated Developing or Ineffective (after the safety net legislation or procedural appeals were applied) they are entitled to a Teacher Improvement Plan (TIP) for the current school year. The deadline for receiving a TIP was Sept. 17. We've posted detailed guidance about the Teacher Improvement Plan that spells out the rights and procedures that were created to ensure that the TIP is tailored to each teacher's needs and will genuinely support his or her professional growth. Please reach out to teachers at your school who were rated Ineffective or Developing and make certain that they have received a TIP that will assist them. If you or a teacher in your chapter has questions or concerns, contact your district representative.
  • You can still file a class-size grievance, but only for new violations, and the regular time limits for all grievances will apply. You can find information on class size limitations in Article 7M of the contract.
  • Please make sure that all related service providers and any other staff in your building who work on SESIS know that the DOE has sent information to principals about the time for UFT staff to work on SESIS during their workdays. The item is in the Sept. 16 issue of the Principals' Weekly. For speech teachers, the DOE has agreed that speech teachers in single-session schools can do SESIS work during the 155 minutes allocated each week for professional development, parent engagement and Other Professional Work. Speech teachers should also be informed that if they do not get adequate time to do daily SESIS encounter attendance, they should first contact their speech supervisor. If that does not resolve the problem, they should call the speech hotline at 1-212-598-7774.
  • Teachers should all have received their ratings for the 2013-14 school year. They should also have received their Measures of Student Learning (MOSL) scores and accessed their MOSL workbooks from the Advance web application. The workbook delineates each teacher's local and state measures and includes the roster of the students whose test scores were the basis of the MOSL rating if individual measures were used. Teachers should be encouraged to download the MOSL workbook and review it. If a teacher discovers errors in the workbook (such as incorrect local or state measures or students listed that the teacher did not teach), they should report the problem by email or in writing to their principal as soon as possible. The principal must submit all requests for corrections to the DOE by today, Oct. 3. The DOE will review the requests and, if applicable, teachers will receive corrected ratings on Friday, Oct. 10.
  • Remind your members that Teacher's Choice funding has increased this year to $77 for teachers. All members eligible for a Teacher's Choice allocation will receive it in a November payroll check. You can access key dates and deadlines for Teacher's Choice on the DOE website or consult the DOE's FAQ  for more information. If you need assistance from the DOE, call 718-935-4000 or email teacherschoice@schools.nyc.gov. At the UFT, contact Michael Sill at msill@uft.org.
  • In the case of a tragedy or traumatic event that affects your entire school community, the UFT Victim Support Program can do on-site counseling for your school. The Victim Support Program team has outlined how to go about bringing counselors to your school to talk to teachers, administrators and other non-UFT members in need of assistance. Read more about Victim Support Program services.
  • Let your members know that the deadline that a teacher in a school can be excessed has passed. If a teacher was excessed after Sept. 24, he or she should file a grievance. If you have any questions, please contact your district representative or your or your borough office
  • Please encourage your members to participate in the #WeCantWait social media campaign spearheaded by the Alliance for Quality Education to remind state officials that the $2.5 billion that the state owes the city's public schools from the 2007 settlement of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit is past due. Tell Albany why you can't wait for the state to fund public schools by sharing your own photo across social media and @AQE_NY on Twitter with the #WeCantWait hash tag. As Karen Alford, the UFT vice president for elementary schools, said at a press conference on the City Hall steps, "As a parent and an educator, I'm here to tell you we have waited too long. Our students deserve smaller classes, afterschool programs, arts and music programs, and community learning schools." For more details about how to participate, visit the We Can't Wait campaign page. Read our news story about the campaign's launch and watch the video.
  • Advise your members about the steps they can take to help prevent the enterovirus from spreading at your school. While only a few cases have been documented in the New York metropolitan area, it's prudent to follow best practices as we approach the cold and flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your students and colleagues may be infected and not present any symptoms. Visible symptoms may include some or all of the following: fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, skin rash, mouth blisters, body and muscle aches. Enteroviruses are spread through close contact with infected people or touching infected surfaces or objects and then putting your hands in or near your mouth. Children are at particular risk for more serious illness from this virus. Your members should remind their students to frequently wash their hands with soap and water and avoid close contact, especially with those who are sick. Chapter leaders should make sure that the school engages with parents on decisions to keep children home when they get sick. For more information on prevention, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a helpful infographic called "Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68."
  • Make sure your members know that classroom teachers now have another option for observations under the teacher evaluation system. The UFT has agreed with the Department of Education that teachers who are rated Effective for the 2013-14 school year will have the option this school year to choose four informal evaluations instead of the previously required six. Teachers choose the observation option they want for the school year at the mandatory initial planning conference, which must be held on or before the last Friday in October. More information on observation options is available in the evaluation section of the UFT website.
  • Since teachers and paraprofessionals are supposed to be offered appropriate and relevant professional development according to their titles in the repurposed time on Mondays, chapter leaders are encouraged to include both teachers and paras on the School-Based Staff Development Committees.
  • Chapter leaders, it is up to you to make sure that your union has a voice in your school community and that your members are informed. Be sure to hold a monthly chapter meeting so your members can see their union in action. You are the driver in setting agendas and holding monthly UFT Consultation and School Leadership Team meetings. In addition, our new contract also establishes two new school-based groups, the Measures of Student Learning (MOSL) Committee and a Professional Development Committee, both of which are intended to facilitate educator input in decisions. You should be a member of both of those committees. Keep an up-to-date UFT bulletin board and use it as an organizing tool. Finally, remember to encourage your members to extend a warm welcome to new educators working in your school. Whether they are just beginning their careers, are veterans who have filled a vacancy, or members of the ATR pool, do all that you can to make them feel a part of your school community.
  • Let members know that reports of larceny in our schools are increasing. Members should take care to secure all personal belongings and valuable school equipment such as laptops, camcorders and projectors.
  • Chapter leaders should ensure that members know that under the new contract the DOE must provide teachers in all core subjects (ELA, math, science, social studies and foreign language) with a year-long or semester-long curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core standards. The contractual definition of curriculum is:  a) a list of content and topics; b) scope and sequence; and c) a list of what students are expected to know and to be able to do after studying each topic. Principals should not ask members to write curriculum unless they either give time during the workday or ask members to volunteer for paid work outside the school day.
  • The UFT and the Department of Education have negotiated new citywide standards on unnecessary and duplicative paperwork — both paper and electronic. These standards take effect immediately. District and high school committees are being created to ensure that the new standards for paperwork reduction are properly implemented. If you believe your school is not adhering to the standards, you should meet with your principal and contact your district representative. 
  • Please advise your members of a time change for the two-part Dignity for All Students (DASA) workshop that will be held on Tuesday and Thursday this fall. The class will now take place from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on both days. Members must attend both classes in order to fulfill the DASA requirement. Members should view the Fall 2014 DASA schedule for complete information on location and dates of the workshops.
  • Every new teacher in your school without prior teaching experience is entitled to a mentor. The mentor should be an experienced classroom teacher, coach or lead teacher, ideally in the new teacher's subject area. The mentor will provide a minimum of two periods a week of confidential, non-evaluative and nonjudgmental support. Consult with your principal for a list of new teachers and their mentors. As a chapter leader, you are a required member of your school's New Teacher Induction Committee, which ensures new teachers receive mentoring services. If new teachers in your school have not been assigned a mentor or if you have questions about the mentor program, contact your district representative.
  • Please advise your teachers that now is the time to prepare for their Initial Planning Conference. Remember that this meeting should be one-on-one with your principal and held during a mutually agreed-upon time. Each member has the right to choose to have this meeting serve as their initial pre-observation conference under option 1 of the evaluation system. Otherwise, a separate pre-observation conference should be scheduled. Explain to teachers that they should use this meeting with the principal to discuss the supports and resources needed to ensure student success. See this article for planning the Initial Planning Conference. For teachers of students with disabilities, this checklist on the Initial Planning Conference can be helpful.
  • Do you or a fellow teacher in your school have creative ideas, interesting practices or innovative methods for improving classroom instruction that you feel could benefit fellow educators? The New York Teacher is looking for educators to write Teacher to Teacher columns. The articles should explain pedagogic techniques, approaches or resources that educators can use to help students. The pieces should be about 750 words. Columnists will be paid $150 for accepted works. If you are interested, please call Rachel Nobel during business hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday) at 212-598-9201 or email her at rnobel@uft.org.

For your information

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

Cancellation: The UFT's New Schools Meet & Greet, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 7, has been cancelled.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


In the News

Low-income workers robbed by employers: Wage theft, an employer's refusal to pay workers their rightful wages and benefits such as overtime pay, has become a major problem nationwide, according to the New Republic. A report from the Economic Policy Institute examined three cities — New York, Chicago and Los Angeles — and found that two-thirds of workers in low-wage industries had experienced a pay-related offense in any given week in 2008. Those violations cost workers more than $2,600 a year on average — nearly 15 percent of their total earnings.

Indiana to let the needs of private industry shape education policy: In an effort to merge education with workforce development, Indiana has created an extensive education and workforce database, consulting with an outside company to identify industry trends and align them to school curriculum, reports Chalkbeat. The former lawmaker who is spearheading the initiative believes the state should determine education policy by applying the same data predictors and market forecasts that large corporations use. In the future, he said, the state should consider tying data about how many graduates earn good jobs to its school accountability system.

Colorado teacher sick-out angers patriotic board: Two Colorado high schools were shuttered after as many as 81 percent of teachers called in sick to protest a conservative school board's proposal to revamp the district's AP History curriculum, says the Guardian. The board's conservative majority feels the recent changes to the curriculum cast an overly negative view of U.S. history and seeks a revised curriculum that promotes "citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights" and that "does not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law."


Events Calendar

Tuesday, Oct. 7: Come to the Asian American Heritage monthly meeting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway.

Tuesday, Oct. 7: Learn about your rights at a Maternity Workshop (Manhattan) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th floor. RSVP to Monique McCoy by faxing the flier to 212-510-6424 or email mmcoy@uft.org with your name, telephone number, school and district. For more information, contact Monique at 212-598-6800. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, Oct. 7: Learn your rights concerning maternity, childcare and FMLA leaves at a Maternity & Child Care Leave Workshop (Staten Island). This workshop will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Staten Island UFT Borough Office at 4456 Amoy Road. See the flier for more details or register online.

Tuesday, Oct. 7: The Welfare Fund Health Advisory Committee invites you to attend Diabetes: What you need to know! from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th floor, Rooms B & C. Medical professionals from the American Diabetes Association and New York Presbyterian Hospital will co-present this lecture on the prevention and treatment of diabetes. See the flier for more information.

Thursday, Oct. 9:  There will be a Welcome Event for New District 20 Teachers from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at New Utrecht HS, 1601 80th Street, Brooklyn. District 20 Superintendent Karina Costantino and UFT District 20 Representative Ellen Driesen would like to meet with District 20 teachers in their first or second year and share some insights as these teachers kick off their careers. In addition, representatives will be available to answer questions about certification, UFT Welfare Fund health benefits and pension. Register online for this event.

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

Monday, Oct. 13: Know any golfers in your chapter? They are invited to participate in the UFT Disaster Relief Fund Golf Outing from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dyker Beach Gold Course, Brooklyn. See the item in For Your Information for more details.

Tuesday, Oct. 14: Bronx teachers are welcome to attend the Certification Workshop for Teachers (Bronx) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the UFT Bronx borough office at 2500 Halsey St. Pre-registration is required. See the flier for more details or register online.

Wednesday, Oct. 15: Join us for the Opening Reception for the Artist/Teacher Non-Juried Exhibition from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Theater for the New City Gallery, 155 Fifth Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets. You can call the gallery at 212-254-1109 or go online at www.theaterforthenewcity.net for more information. See the flier for more details.

Thursday, Oct. 16: Paraprofessionals are welcome to attend the Bronx borough office's Certification Workshop for Paraprofessionals (Bronx) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the UFT Bronx borough office at 2500 Halsey St. Pre-registration is required to attend this workshop. See the flier for more information or register online.

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, Oct. 10: The BRAVE campaign also provides a student hotline at 212-709-3222, Monday to Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  The hotline is a safe place all students can call to know they have allies in their schools.

Sunday, Nov. 2: Honor your colleagues who keep the UFT strong and vital at Teacher Union Day. See the item in News of the Week for more information.

Tuesday, Nov. 4: Election Day. Don't forget to vote! Check out the UFT's endorsements.

Saturday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 23: Save the date for Chapter Leader Training, Part 2. Details to come.

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)

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

ELAC/UFT (English Language Arts Council)

  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4:30 p.m., Common Core Learning Standards Workshop II.

ESL/Bilingual Committee

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

Humane Education

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

Italian American

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

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

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

NYCATA/UFT (NYC Art Teachers Assn.)

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

Per Diems

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

Players

  • Thursday, Oct. 9, 3 p.m., Board Meeting.
  • Friday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m., Board Meeting.

Science

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

Editor: Peter O'Donnell

Contributors include: Amy Arundell, LeRoy Barr, Hannah Brown, Jessica Cepeda, Maia Davis, Lila Ezra, Ellen Gallin-Procida, Janella Hinds, Anthony Klug, Richard Mantell, Nyree McCray, Deidre McFadyen, Rachel Nobel, Jeffrey Povalitis, Arthur Pepper, Sterling Roberson, Michael Sill, Laura Tamburo, Liz Truly and Bernadette Weeks

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United Federation of TeachersA Union of Professionals
52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 • 212.777.7500 • www.uft.org

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