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FW: UFT Weekly Update March 20

Subject: UFT Weekly Update March 20

 

 

UFT Weekly Update – March 20, 2015      

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In this issue


The next Delegate Assembly will be Wednesday, March 25

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week - March 20, 2015

SIGN OF THE TIMES: Art teacher Jennifer Isaacs from IS 123 in the Bronx was one of a crew of art teachers who volunteered their time on Thursday to create powerful posters for the March 28 rally.

News of the Week

New poll shows New Yorkers turn against Cuomo on education

All your work in the fight against Gov. Cuomo's anti-public education agenda is paying off. The most recent Quinnipiac poll shows voters by a 71 percent to 25 percent margin say that teacher pay should not be based on how well their students perform on standardized tests. Two-thirds say teacher tenure shouldn't be tied to student test scores, something Cuomo has proposed. And by an overwhelming 55 percent to 28 percent margin, state voters say they trust the teacher unions more than the governor to improve education. As the public grows disenchanted with the governor's education plan, Cuomo's job approval rating has dropped to 50 percent, down from 58 percent in December. "If the governor is interested in improving his poll numbers on education, he should be visiting schools and talking to teachers and parents, rather than listening to his hedge-fund pals," said UFT President Michael Mulgrew in response to the new poll numbers.

Rally to #ProtectOurSchools on Saturday, March 28!

Please organize members of your school community to come out next Saturday at noon for a citywide rally to protect our schools and our students. Join fellow UFT members along with parents and community members outside Gov. Cuomo's Midtown office at 633 Third Avenue (at East 41st Street) at noon on March 28 and demand that the governor fully fund our schools, limit high stakes testing, support our struggling schools and fairly evaluate teachers. Sign up for the rally on the UFT website. Invite your friends on Facebook to the event. We have a new and improved rally flier for your UFT bulletin board. We also have a Spanish version of the flier to hand out to parents. Let's send the governor a clear message that we stand united against his harmful proposals!

Keep up the momentum at your schools and on social media

The photos of your school-based actions pour unabated into our uftphotos@gmail.com account. Please continue to mobilize your chapter as well as enlist parents in our fight against Cuomo's harmful education agenda during this crucial week when lawmakers in Albany are negotiating a state budget. Please continue to fax, send postcards to and call the governor and state lawmakers. Here is a flier for parents in both English and Spanish that you can hand out during informational leafleting before and after school. Urge your members to sign and share the online petition to the governor. Thanks to you, we have had great success getting the Community Education Councils to pass resolutions opposing the governor's proposals. There is still time for parents to encourage CECs that have not yet come on board to pass a resolution opposing the governor's proposals. These materials and more can be found on our Fight Cuomo! campaign page. For guidance and support, contact your district representative.

Student surveys will be piloted in schools in May and June

Under the terms of the contract we ratified last June, all schools will pilot the Tripod Student Survey this year in May and June (except those that participated in a smaller survey pilot earlier in the year). Students in grades 3 to 12 will be surveyed (different versions for Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-12). This month, your school should designate survey coordinators, who will be trained in survey administration in April. Materials about the surveys will be posted on the DOE Advance intranet page in April. If you have questions about student surveys, contact Michael Sill at msill@uft.org.


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To Do

  • Please reach out to your members who are currently on a leave and let them know that they must now use the Self-Service Online Leave Application System (SOLAS) for the annual intention notification process (INS) to inform the DOE of their intention to return to work, retire, resign, extend current leave or apply for a new leave for the 2015–16 school year. Members who are currently on leave will be notified of this new process by mail and through their DOE email this week. They should receive an additional email on Wednesday, April 1 instructing them to log into SOLAS and notify the DOE of their annual leave intention for the 2015–16 school year. The timeline to use SOLAS to complete the annual intention notification process is from April 1 through Friday, May 15. Members who fail to notify the DOE by May 15 will be deemed to have voluntarily resigned.
  • Chapter leaders should be aware that on Monday, March 23, the DOE will post on its website that parents and legal guardians may request the ratings of principals and the Advance ratings of teachers who currently serve their children. Please work with your principal to make sure your school has a process for handling requests for teachers' Advance ratings and that teachers are aware of how the process works. Also, reassure teachers that if their rating is under appeal, it may not be released. You should tell your members that the parent's right to this information falls under State Education Law section 3012-c-10. For detailed information about disclosure of teachers' rating to parents, including translated forms, see the DOE website. If you have questions about requests for teacher ratings, email Advancesupport@schools.nyc.gov at the DOE or contact your district representative.
  • The DOE has released its latest version of Advance at a Glance, a newsletter for teachers that highlights key dates and deadlines in this year's teacher evaluation system. Please encourage your teachers to use Advance at a Glance to guide them through the rights and responsibilities of the evaluation process. Some important benchmarks coming up in March and April include class roster verification, access to Measures of Teacher Practice (MOTP) Evaluator forms and reflection on student growth over the course of the year. Later in the school year, teachers will have completed their observations and feedback cycles, attended an end-of-year conference and received their Measures of Teacher Practice HEDI rating. You can access Advance at a Glance on the UFT website.
  • All schools should have developed a policy for the use of electronic devices by Monday, March 2. The policy must allow students to bring cell phones and other electronic devices to school and must also designate where and when devices may be used in school. This policy must be consistent with Chancellor's Regulation A-413. Schools are responsible for communicating their policy to students, staff and parents in writing and must also post the policy on their school websites. Make sure your principal conducts a training session on your school's electronic-devices policy and Chancellor's Regulation A-413 for both staff and students by Wednesday, April 15. In addition, if a student is in violation of your school's policy, ask him or her to put the device away. If the student refuses to comply, you should follow the established school protocols for requesting assistance. This may include calling an administrator, a dean or a principal designee. Do not engage in any physical confrontation or attempt to take away the device from a student who is difficult or defiant. Also please do not forget to report the incident in a UFT Safety/Incident Report
  • We are asking chapter leaders to spearhead a petition drive urging members in their schools to sign nominating petitions to elect David Kazansky to a three-year term as a trustee on the Teachers' Retirement System board. Kazansky's candidacy, recommended by the UFT Delegate Assembly on Feb. 11, follows UFT Treasurer Mel Aaronson's decision to retire from the board after 35 years of service. Nominating petitions for Kazansky are in all schools and must be returned no later than Tuesday, March 31. The petition may be signed by regularly appointed school staff members and paraprofessionals who have joined the Teachers' Retirement System, including supervisors.
  • Encourage your members to continue to use Twitter to campaign against Gov. Cuomo's education policies. Almost 92,000 tweets have gone out using the #AllKidsNeed hashtag and nearly 28,000 people have used #InviteCuomo in a tweet. Two other hashtags that have gained traction are #CallOutCuomo and #ProtectOurSchools. We want to keep the pressure on so please make sure your members are in the conversation! Your members should know that their tweets do have an impact because elected officials and journalists are all on Twitter and they take public temperature readings based on what they read. Post this flier on your UFT bulletin board. Snap a photo of some part of your classroom (no kids please) and share it on Twitter with the hashtag #InviteCuomo asking the governor to come see you work with your students. Retweet your colleagues' #InviteCuomo tweets. Use the hashtag #AllKidsNeed to inform the governor and the public about the realities of unfair funding and excessive high-stakes testing. End your tweets with @NYGovCuomo so the governor hears us loud and clear. Read what your colleagues are saying using this hashtag and retweet their #AllKidsNeed tweets. Remember, you must use the hashtags if you want to be seen and heard. Not on Twitter yet? Sign up now. Need some guidance about who to follow on Twitter? Here's a list to consider.
  • The Member Action Center of NYSUT, the UFT's state affiliate, has begun Take Action Tuesdays to encourage members to get involved in the fight for public education. On Take Action Tuesday, participants will receive a text with a simple idea or action to take. Please sign up for the new NYSUT MAC Text Alert and urge your members to do so as well. Signing up for text alerts is easy: Just text NYSUT to 38470. Print the flier and post it on your UFT bulletin board to help spread the word.
  • The UFT Teacher Center has assembled a set of four lesson plans that teach students about equity and fairness, tailored to different grade levels. What better teachable moment for our students to grapple with the issues of equality at the heart of public education and our democracy? We know that the funding inequities between rich and poor districts across New York State have reached record levels since Gov. Cuomo took office in 2011. And even as the state economy recovers, the governor is ignoring the court-mandated obligation to provide $2.5 billion in additional state aid to New York City schools. Our lesson plans on equity and fairness have been posted to the UFT website. Please tell your members that if they decide to use one of our lesson plans or create one of their own, they are encouraged to share with us a student drawing or image that encapsulates the lesson learned. Send high-resolution photos to schoolequitynyc@gmail.com or post them after school to Twitter using the hashtag #AllKidsNeed. Do not send or post photos of students and make sure that the name of the student is not visible on any student work you submit.
  • Consider conducting a mini-SBO on Parent Engagement time. The DOE has been looking for feedback from school staffs, administrators and parents about this new 40-minute block of time, an important provision in our 2014 contract. As a result of that outreach and in collaboration with the UFT, schools are being given the chance to use a mini-SBO process to reconfigure their Parent Engagement time for the spring 2015 semester — between March and June. The Principals' Weekly includes a list of five pre-approved options for reconfiguring the time for this semester as well as an option for your own proposal, which must be reviewed by the DOE. Chapter leaders should discuss with their principals the new options for Parent Engagement and conduct a mini-SBO if it is determined that a new structure will benefit the school community. No school, however, is obligated to participate in this mini-SBO process, and no principal can mandate any of the options. Please be aware that the mini-SBO process is for this school year only. If schools want to reconfigure Parent Engagement time for the 2015–16 school year, they must follow the regular SBO process later this spring. Read the Parent Engagement options on the UFT website and get more information on the DOE's FAQ. If you, as chapter leader, decide to conduct a mini-SBO, use the SBO form for your borough: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island.
  • Alert members that a six-hour training in the prevention and intervention of bullying, discrimination and harassment is now required for certification by the New York State Dignity for All Students Act. This course is mandated for all teachers and school-related professionals who apply for their state certificate on or after Jan. 1, 2014. The UFT is an approved provider of this course and offers it at 52 Broadway and in the union's borough offices at a cost of $25 for paras, $50 for all other members and $100 for nonmembers. Check the UFT Safety Workshop page for dates, times and registration information or call 212-598-9287.
  • 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 in February 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 their 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. And read the Q&A in the current New York Teacher called Maintaining your professional certificate. If you have any questions, please contact the educational liaison in your UFT borough office.

For Your Information

Grants, awards and freebies: Do you and your students have untapped talents or creative ideas that you would like to bring to life in your classroom? If so, check out the UFT website for information on grants, awards and giveaways to help your students reach their potential. New opportunities are posted monthly.

Paid sustainability coach positions for K-8 teachers: New York City Eco-Schools is looking to hire four full-time, paid Sustainability Coordinators or "coaches" for the Greenpoint Eco-Schools program. This is a pilot program with great potential to demonstrate the value of paid Sustainability Coordinator positions. This grant-funded position begins on June 1, 2015 and ends in January 2018. Any K-8 teacher with a commitment to sustainability is invited to apply. For more information, including a detailed job description and requirements, see the National Wildlife Foundation website. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 15.

Retirees' lump-sum payments for per session and per diem work: Pedagogue retirees who are owed per session or per diem payments should have received their lump-sum arrears by direct deposit on March 12. For retirees who receive paper checks, the check should have been mailed to the address on file with TRS as soon as the payroll run was complete, which should have been within the next day or so. A small number of members received their checks on March 10. As a reminder, you can inform any of your pedagogue retirees who ask, these payments are for work performed from Nov. 1, 2009 up until the date of their retirement. It is important for you and your retired members to understand that retirees who have been continuously employed in a per session activity where they have retention rights will receive lump-sum payments for their post-retirement work in accordance with the schedule from October 2015 through October 2020. Also note that any retiree who continues to be employed and meets the criteria as a per diem worker will also receive the lump-sum monies on the same 2015–20 schedule of payments. The DOE is hoping to have its payroll portal up and running by early next week enabling retired members to access the payroll stubs and statements related to this lump-sum payment.

District 21 UFT scholarship fund dinner dance: Members are invited to celebrate with District 21 on Thursday, April 16 at 6 p.m. at El Caribe Country Club in Brooklyn. Among this year's honorees are Richard Mantell, the UFT vice president for middle schools, who will receive the District 21 Leadership Award; Councilman Mark Treyger, who will receive the Community Involvement Award; and the PS 329 faculty that will receive the COPE award. Ticket prices for this event are $95 for individuals or $90 per person for a table of 12. For detailed information, including the full list of honorees, and to purchase tickets, see the flier

Conference on labor issues: The Worker Institute of Cornell University would like to invite UFT members to "Advancing Worker Rights," a conference marking the 80th anniversary of the National Labor Relations Act. This two-day event will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. This event will feature leading labor activists, policy makers, labor lawyers and academics who will address pressing contemporary issues, including prospects for reform, especially to enhance collective and individual rights of workers covered by or excluded from this important piece of federal legislation. Register online or see the Cornell website for more information, including a conference agenda.

Friends of District 75 awards ceremony: UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Chancellor Carmen FariƱa will receive the 2015 leadership award from the Friends of District 75 at its 10th annual Awards Ceremony and Black Tie Formal Dinner Dance Gala, to be held on Thursday, May 14 at Astoria Manor, 2522 Astoria Boulevard, Astoria from 6 to 11 p.m. The theme of this year's event is "Honoring the Children." Tickets cost $85 and include cocktail hour, dinner, dancing and open bar. To RSVP for this event, download the mail-in flier. The payment deadline is Friday, May 1.

2015–16 school calendar has been released: The DOE has released the school calendar for next school year. Teachers will report on Tuesday, Sept. 8 and students will return the next day, Wednesday, Sept. 9. For the first time, schools will be closed for a Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha, which will be observed on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Rapid response crisis care: New rapid response assistance is available to schools and families in the Bronx and certain parts of Brooklyn and Queens when a child is behaving in a threatening manner, is in crisis or displaying active symptoms of depression. The Visiting Nurse Service of New York's Children's Mobile Crisis Team offers crisis care and counseling to children ages 18 or younger who are in need of additional support. Services include crisis assessment, crisis stabilization, prevention planning and caregiver support. For details and a list of school districts in the geographic coverage area, see the Children's Mobile Crisis Team page on the UFT website. If these new services are available to your school, please spread the word to staff and families.

BRAVE video contest: Do you know a school that is doing something awesome to promote acceptance, tolerance and respect for all students? Tell them to enter the BRAVE video contest! As part of its campaign to Build Respect Acceptance and Voice through Education, the BRAVE program is holding a video contest to highlight the efforts made by schools to create environments free of discrimination and harassment. The contest is open to all students, who are invited to submit a 3–5 minute video that conveys the contest theme. For contest requirements and submission information, see the BRAVE brochure. All video submissions must be received by Tuesday, March 31.

Tax deductions for teachers: The IRS says: "If you are an eligible educator, you can deduct up to $250 ($500 if married filing joint and both spouses are educators, but not more than $250 each) of any unreimbursed expenses you paid or incurred for books, supplies, computer equipment (including related software and services), other equipment, and supplementary materials that you use in the classroom. For courses in health and physical education, expenses for supplies are qualified expenses only if they are related to athletics. This deduction is for expenses paid or incurred during the tax year." The Educator Expense is an "Adjustment to Gross Income" so you can use it if you use the standard deduction or itemize. For more information, see the IRS website.

Fourth-graders visit parks for free: Federal agencies are joining forces to encourage all children to visit the nation's parks and inspire a love of the outdoors in a new generation of young people. Starting in September, every 4th-grader in the nation will receive an "Every Kid in a Park" pass that's good for free admission to all of the country's public lands and waters. The pass will provide free entry for the children and their families for a full year. Learn more about this program on the White House website.

Share My Lesson conference: Share My Lesson is running a free, three-day virtual conference on March 23-25 with 29 different sessions for teachers in all subject and grade levels. Three federal agencies are presenting, including the Library of Congress, National Science Foundation and Department of Energy. Visit the Share My Lesson website to register and learn more information.

Grief and loss counseling groups: Has a member of your chapter experienced a difficult loss in the last year? The UFT Member Assistance Program (MAP) runs counseling groups to assist members in managing their grief and adjusting to the loss of a family member, significant other, friend or colleague. Spring 2015 counseling sessions are held on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on March 24 and 31, plus April 21 and 28, and May 5, 12 and 19. For details and registration information, email MAPinfo@uft.org or call 212-701-9620. Registration is limited.

Functional chapters on uft.org: Did you know that you and your functional chapter members can find targeted information in the UFT's functional chapter web pages? Most functional chapters have their own web pages which offer important resources, chapter news, contact information for chapter representatives, contract details and more. The nearly 20 chapters with dedicated sections include paraprofessionals, guidance counselors, social workers and psychologists, speech teachers, occupational and physical therapists, school nurses, school secretaries, hearing education services and more. To view the full lineup of our functional chapter pages, hover your mouse over Our Chapters in the top navigation of the UFT website's homepage or go to Our Chapters.

Scholarships for labor studies: Members who are interested in pursuing labor studies at the Murphy Institute at the City University of New York are invited to apply for a competitive scholarship of up to $30,000. See the CUNY website for details about the scholarship or download an online application. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 31.

Apply for an Excellence in School Wellness Award: Our schools work hard to promote healthy eating and physical activity among our students. All elementary schools are encouraged to apply for a NYC Excellence in School Wellness Award, which recognizes this effort. The application for the 2014–15 school year will be sent to principals, so please share this information with your principal and encourage him or her to apply. The completed application must be received by Tuesday, March 31. Award recipients will be publicly recognized at a ceremony in late May. All winners will receive an award (gold, silver or bronze) and public recognition from city officials and the media, including our own New York Teacher. To participate in the contest, download the application and submission instructions.

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 to 6:15 p.m. Please be sure to bring photo I.D. for entry.


In the News

Arkansas says no to school privatization: Arkansas House Republicans have deferred a bill that would have allowed for the privatization of the Little Rock School District, says the Arkansas Times. Though the bill was backed by lobbyists with financial ties to the Walton Family Foundation, GOP leaders bowed to pressure from the public and school leaders who feared a loss of school boards, an expropriation of local property taxes and the surrender of facilities for no charge.

Injured workers poorly compensated: Over the past decade, 33 states have either reduced benefits or made it harder for injured workers to qualify for Workers' Compensation, reports Portside. While "high costs" are the main justification for the changes, employers are paying the lowest rates for Workers' Comp insurance since the 1970s, and in 2013 insurers had their most profitable year in over a decade.

New Mexico halts right-to-work bill: A New Mexico Senate panel has voted 25-17 to stop the passage of a bill that would prohibit requiring workers to join a union and pay dues as a condition of employment, according to KOAT News Channel 7. The Democrat-led Senate said the bill would hurt workers by bringing down wages and undermining unions, which represent about 43,000 of the state's workers.


Events Calendar

Saturday, March 21: The annual Paraprofessional Festival and Awards Luncheon will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New York Hilton Hotel.

Tuesday, March 24: How do we teach our students to think critically and analytically? How do we know our instruction and activities are rigorous? The high school workshop "Bringing the Common Core to New Heights" will address ways to implement Common Core Learning Standards with ready-to-use practical strategies to get students to think critically and analytically. This session, which will be held from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, will provide a framework that can be used across disciplines and will have immediate application for the classroom. This workshop is specifically tailored for high school teachers. A $10 fee is required to participate.

Tuesday, March 24: Social workers and psychologists are welcome to attend the Social Workers and Psychologists Chapter Meeting about Middle Schools from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 50 Broadway, Room 2E/F. Richard Mantell, the UFT vice president for middle schools, will be on hand to join our discussion about the unique challenges and joys of working with middle school students. Refreshments will be served. Please register online.

Tuesday, March 24: Come learn about new developments in breast cancer treatment at the Welfare Fund Medical Learning Series. Dr. Clifford Hudis, the chief of the Breast Cancer Medical Service and an attending physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer, will discuss new treatments for all stages of breast cancer. This event will be held at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th Floor, Room D/E, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It is co-sponsored by SHARE. RSVP to Kisha Johnson at 212-539-0667 or SHARE at 212-719-2943. Light refreshments. See the flier for more details.

Wednesday, March 25: The Delegate Assembly will meet at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, from 4:15 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25: The Education Officer/Education Analyst Chapter Meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, Room H. Any agenda or suggestions for these meetings should be emailed to emendez@uft.org.

Thursday, March 26: The Per Diem Committee Smartboard Training Workshop will be held at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway from 4 to 6 p.m. A representative from the UFT Teacher Center will lead this smartboard training workshop. Registration is limited to 35 people. To register, email uftprofessionalcommittees@uft.org. For more information, see the flier.

Thursday, March 26: Bronx members are invited to attend a Maternity Workshop from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Bronx UFT office, 2500 Halsey Street. Join us and get answers to all of your maternity and leave questions. See the flier to register.

Thursday, March 26: The Welfare Fund Medical Learning Series will take a new view on lung health at this workshop, which will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th Floor, Room G. Attending physicians Dr. Marc Schiffman and Dr. Bradley Pua from New York Presbyterian Medical Center will discuss a new treatment for men with prostate enlargement and the importance of lung cancer screenings. RSVP to Kisha Johnson at 212-539-0667. Light refreshments. See the flier for more details.

Friday, March 27: The UFT's high school team will honor the heroes of our school communities for their commitment to our students, our profession and our union at the Team High School Awards celebration on Friday, March 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, Albert Shanker Hall, 52 Broadway. Leo Casey, the executive director of the AFT's Albert Shanker Institute and a former UFT vice president, will receive the distinguished Vanguard Award. Festive attire is requested. Registration is now closed.

Monday, March 30: Members will celebrate Passover through the eyes of the labor movement at the ninth annual labor Seder organized by the Jewish Labor Committee Educators' Chapter and the UFT Jewish Heritage Committee. The Seder will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. The Seder, which includes a kosher dinner, costs $36. The registration deadline has passed. For more information, see the mail-in coupon.

Tuesday, March 31: The high school workshop "Smartboards for Everyone: Going Technical in the Classroom" will cover the fundamentals of utilizing Smart Boards in your classroom. Teachers will learn how to create multimedia presentations to teach any topic. Facilitating student use of smartboards will also be addressed. This workshop will take place at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. A $10 fee is required to participate.

Wednesday, April 1: The District 75 Chapter Leaders Meeting will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Manhattan UFT office, 52 Broadway, 10th Floor to address the on-going issues and concerns we face daily. Your participation is encouraged and is essential to communicate and coordinate information to your school organization.

Wednesday, April 1: Paraprofessionals are invited to a special paraprofessional workshop on conflict cycle at the Brooklyn UFT office, 335 Adams Street from 4 to 6 p.m. For additional information contact Lizette Hernandez at the DOE at 718-935-2449. Space is limited. Download the form to register.

Wednesday, April 1: Brooklyn members are invited to the Maternity and Childcare Leave Workshop from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. at the Brooklyn UFT 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 event listing for more details and to register.

Thursday, April 2: Queens members are invited to a Maternity Workshop from 4 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.

Saturday, May 9: Take out your running shoes and participate in the UFT's second annual 5K Family Run/Walk in MCU Park to benefit the UFT Disaster Relief Fund. For more information and to register, see the event listing. You can also make a donation to the UFT Disaster Relief Fund. The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 28.

Saturday, May 30: The registration coupon for the UFT Spring Education Conference is now available on the UFT website. For more information, see the event listing.

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)

  • Sunday, March 22, 8:30 a.m., Years after the Holocaust: Research, Resources and Remembrance.

Humane Education

  • Saturday, April 18, 9:45 a.m., Empowering Youth To Create A More Humane World.

NYC Music Teachers Association/UFT

  • Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m., If You Compose It, They Will Sing It.
  • Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m., Discovering Connections: Culture, Creativity, Literacy and the Common Core in the Music Classroom.

Science

  • Friday, April 17, 7:15 p.m., Demo Derby.

Editor: Peter O'Donnell

Contributors include: Amy Arundell, LeRoy Barr, Jackie Bennett, Hannah Brown, Carl Cambria, Maia Davis, Evelyn DeJesus, Adhim DeVeaux, Ellie Engler, Lila Ezra, Judy Gerowitz, Janella Hinds, David Kazansky, Lisa Lau-Kim, 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, Miriam Vega and Bernadette Weeks.

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