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Tell Your Members Professional Committees

See you at Teacher Union Day this Sunday!

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week - Oct. 30, 2015

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Seventh- and 8th-graders at the Seeall Academy in Brooklyn spell out the word as part of the school’s anti-bullying campaign, led by guidance counselor Rosemary Sciacca.

This Week’s Focus

Request a visit to your school from a UFT representative

Various UFT officers and representatives from UFT departments are available to visit your school and speak with members of your chapter. You can now request a visit using new online forms available in the Chapter Leader section of the UFT website in the Request a School Visit section. You may request a visit from the following UFT offices and officers: the Office of Personnel, Payroll and Special Projects, to discuss the evaluation system, school budgets, SBOs and more; the Grievance Department, to discuss contract empowerment, APPR complaints, grievances and more; the Safety and Health Department, to discuss environmental issues, school safety, incident reporting and more; theWelfare Fund, to discuss supplemental health benefits and more; Vice President for Education Evelyn De Jesus, to discuss support for English language learners, professional development, mentoring and more; the Office of Special Education, to discuss special education regulations, IEPs, SESIS and more; the Office of Academic High Schools, to discuss issues involving high schools; Vice President for Middle Schools Richard Mantell, to discuss issues involving middle schools; Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford, to discuss issues involving elementary schools; Vice President for Career and Technical Education High Schools Sterling Roberson, to discuss issues involving CTE schools.

Be active on social media during Teacher Union Day

Social media will again figure in this year’s ceremony. For those of you on Twitter and Instagram, we will be using the hashtag #TeacherUnionDay on the day of the event. Make sure you’re following the UFT on Twitter and post your comments, impressions and photos using the #TeacherUnionDay hashtag. Let’s celebrate and publicize the hard work we do to keep the union strong. We look forward to seeing you and your members there on Sunday.

National tests show drop in NYC 4th-grade scores

New national tests released on Oct. 28 showed a troubling drop in both math and reading scores for New York City 4th-graders, while 8th-graders notched modest gains. The poor showing in the early grades triggered concern over the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards, although the National Center for Educational Statistics, which administers the National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP, cautioned that a one-time decline is not a trend. The city’s five-point drop in 4th-grade math was especially steep, although it reflected a general downturn in the nation and in New York State this year on the NAEP tests. In reading, however, national 4th-grade scores did not fall, while they were down two points in New York City and one point in New York State. “The disappointing NAEP results — particularly for our 4th-graders — are the result of bad state educational policies, including a focus on standardized testing rather than real learning,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew. Read the full story on the UFT website.

A handful of important local races on Election Day

The UFT is calling on members on Staten Island and parts of Queens and Brooklyn to vote for candidates it has endorsed in the upcoming elections on Tuesday, Nov. 3. “It’s going to be a low turnout election,” said Paul Egan, the UFT’s political director. “Every vote will matter more so we strongly encourage all our members to exercise their right to vote.” The UFT has endorsedMichael McMahon for Staten Island district attorney; Barry Grodenchik for City Council in Queens District 23 for the seat vacated by Mark Weprin; Alicia Hyndman in Queens’ 29th Assembly District for the seat once held by William Scarborough; and Pamela Harris in Brooklyn’s 46th Assembly District for the seat vacated by Alec Brook-Krasny. If you live in the districts where these races are being contested, make sure you vote, and urge your friends, family members and colleagues to vote. For more information, read the UFT news story.

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Your Chapter Leader Checklist

  • November Delegate Assembly: Our November Delegate Assembly will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, the day after Veterans Day. Please make every effort to attend. You can use the opportunity to drop off any new winter gear for homeless students that you collected at your school.
  • Albert Shanker student scholarships: 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. 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. You can get more information on the scholarship and application materials on the UFT Scholarship Fund page. The application deadline is Sunday, Jan. 31.
  • MOSL teacher-level selections: By now, your school’s Measures of Student Learning (MOSL) committee should have discussed teacher-level MOSL selections, which are due on Friday, Nov. 6. As a reminder, these selections are for teachers who teach two or more kinds of courses. These teachers, for instance, may not be as easily defined as a Grade 6 math or ELA non-Regents teacher. For more guidance on teacher-level MOSL selections, see the 2015–16 Measures of Student Learning Teacher-Level Selections Guide, which was developed by the DOE in consultation with the UFT.
  • Outstanding CTE teacher awards: The UFT would like to honor outstanding CTE teachers for their commitment, dedication and service to their students, high schools and communities. CTE high school chapter leaders are asked to form a committee in their schools to nominate an outstanding CTE teacher for this special award, which will be presented at the CTE Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at UFT headquarters. Please use the CTE online nomination form to submit your nomination. The deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 16. For more information, contact Elizabeth Cardona-Diaz at 212-598-9290.
  • NYSESLAT exam order deadline: Work with your administration to ensure that your school meets the Jan. 8 deadline to order NYSESLAT exams. You should also be aware that this year’s NYSESLAT testing window is April 12 to May 13.
  • Supporting ATR members: The first round of rotations has begun for most members of the ATR pool. If you have new UFT members from the ATR pool in your school, please welcome them, give them access to a bathroom key, and check to make sure they have been given assignments that are appropriate for their titles. Now that the cold weather is upon us, it is more important than ever that our colleagues are given a secure place to store their belongings. Don’t forget to invite ATRs to chapter meetings, and remember that these members should never be barred from school-based professional development.
  • No assigned mentors? Let us know: The deadline for assigning mentors to new teachers at your school has passed. Please email the UFT Teacher Center’s Vidal Pabon at if there are new teachers at your school who have not been assigned mentors to date.
  • Chapter Leader Training Part 2 is booked up: Because the session is filled to capacity, registration has closed for Part 2 of chapter leader training for new chapter leaders, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14, starting at 8 a.m., and continue through Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Westchester Hilton in Rye, NY.
  • School-based committees: School-based committees ensure that UFT members have a voice in decision-making at the school level and that all the work does not fall on the chapter leader’s shoulders. Make sure that you have the following active committees at your school: a consultation committee that meets monthly with the principal to discuss and attempt to resolve issues at the school level before they escalate; a professional development committee to plan and review the PD that is offered during the time set aside for professional learning in the contract; a school safety committee that meets monthly to address safety-related violations and issues such as crisis response, student removal procedures and fire drills; and a school leadership team that develops the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan and makes sure it is aligned with the school-based budget. If you need support, please contact your district representative.
  • Initial planning conference deadline has passed: Check with your principal to see if all teachers rated under the teacher evaluation system recently put in place had their initial planning conference by Oct. 30.
  • Use digital communications: Digital communication is one of your most powerful tools as a chapter leader, whether you use the UFT website to access contract information, receive text messages to keep informed or are active on Facebook and Twitter to build community with your members. Our digital communications guide explains how chapter leaders can use the union’s digital communications vehicles to build a stronger chapter.
  • Support for new teachers: If your school has a large number of new teachers this year, a UFT certification specialist is available for a school visit to meet these teachers and offer information and support. To arrange a visit, contact Nanette Rosario at 212-598-6893 or via email
  • Text messages from the UFT: The UFT has launched its new text messaging system. It is a powerful way for the union to communicate with members about weather emergencies/school cancellations, political campaigns and other important news and events. If you aren’t already receiving text messages from the UFT, please text “UFT” to 30644. At your next chapter meeting, ask for a show of hands of who is receiving text messages from the UFT. Then, directing your attention to those who are not, please pull out your own cell phone and ask those members to opt in for text messaging right now with you by texting “UFT” to 30644.

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Tell Your Members

Salary & Personnel

Per-session and F-status lump sum payments to be made on Nov. 2: Members who are eligible for per session, F-Status or per diem money will receive payment on Nov. 2. In-service members can see a statement of their lump-sum calculation on the DOE’s payroll portal. The portal will break down the money that members received in their regular paychecks dating back as far as Nov. 1, 2009, the amount they should have received if those two 4 percent raises from 2009 and 2010 were reflected in their paychecks at the time, and the difference for each check. This is the first round of lump-sum payments, representing 12.5 percent of the money accrued to date. In-service members on payroll should have received their lump sum in their Oct. 15 paycheck. In-service H-Bank employees should have received it on Oct. 23. If your members have questions about their lump-sum payment, they should speak to a UFT salary rep at their UFT borough office. For issues that cannot be resolved in this way, they can file a Lump Sum Inquiry Form. For more general information about lump-sum payments, please check out the special Contract 2014 section of the UFT website.

Make sure ATRs know about interviews: ATRs — and the principals at the schools to which they are assigned —may receive an email containing a schedule of mandatory interviews to attend. ATRs must be released for these interviews. ATRs should know that if they miss two mandatory interviews they can be deemed “voluntarily resigned.”  Please print and distribute the letter to ATRs to reinforce the importance of these interviews.


Tackle paperwork issues at school level using new contractual rights:Paperwork remains a big concern among UFT members, and we are counting on chapter leaders to use the hard-won rights in our 2014 contract to tackle the issue. Chapter leaders should be familiar with the new standards to reduce redundant and unnecessary paperwork and work collaboratively with school leadership to try to 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. If your paperwork-related concerns and/or matters related to implementation of the systemwide standards cannot be resolved at the school level, you should contact your UFT district representative. Your district representative, in turn, may bring these unresolved issues to the district paperwork reduction committee. 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.


Clarification on eligibility for the special state appeal for state growth scores: You may have heard about a new state appeal process for State Education Department growth scores that are part of some teachers’ evaluations. This special appeal applies to fewer than 100 teachers of grades 4 to 8 ELA and math who met three criteria. These teachers were rated: Ineffective on individual state-provided growth scores in 2014–2015; AND Highly Effective on Other Measures of Teacher Practice (MOTP) in 2014–2015; AND Effective or better on individual, state-provided growth scores in 2013–2014. It does not apply to group or linked measures. The UFT is working with the city DOE to make sure each affected member is contacted about the process. Please do not distribute any forms to your members. If any teacher believes he or she is eligible for this special appeal, contact your district representative. The union is lobbying the state to broaden the criteria that teachers need to meet to use this special appeals process in the future, and, in the interim, our contract does have other appeals in place for teachers with group and linked measures.

Political Action

Sign the AFT petition to overhaul federal education law: One item on Congress’ agenda this year that cannot wait is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (known in its latest version as No Child Left Behind). The nation’s students, parents and educators need a new law that ends the failed policies of No Child Left Behind, including high-stakes testing and mandatory school closings; that preserves equity; and that will help ensure a high-quality education for all our children. Please sign the AFT petition calling on your U.S. senators and Congress member to fix federal education law now.

Your chance to weigh in on the Common Core standards: Both the New York State Education Department and the Governor’s Office have now launched reviews of the Common Core Learning Standards. Teachers are encouraged to lend their professional voice to the conversation and participate in a State Education Department survey on the Common Core standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and math. Participants may choose to comment on any standard they wish by either selecting a pre-set response or writing in their own words.

Contract empowerment meeting for middle school members: UFT members who work in middle schools are invited to a middle school chapter committee meeting entitled “Know Your Rights/Contract Empowerment” to stay informed about their rights, working conditions and profession. This meeting will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters at 50 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Room B. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by contacting Adelina Santiago at 1-212-598-6839

Spread the word about the great things happening in our schools: Tell your members about our new campaign, Passion and Promise in Our Public Schools, and let New Yorkers know about all the incredible things that public school educators are doing to improve children’s lives. Encourage members toshare a story about your school or colleagues or share the featured stories on social media. We will use your ideas to update our campaign page and for New York Teacher feature stories, short videos and social media. By sharing your stories far and wide, we can show New Yorkers how public schools, when given the proper support, have the power to transform children, families and neighborhoods.

VOTE/COPE: Explain VOTE/COPE to your members and collect VOTE/COPE checkoff cards at your next chapter meeting.

Health and Safety

Attend a solar power workshop:  Members who live in New York State are invited to attend a workshop in their UFT borough office in November to learn how to cut their electricity bills while also helping the environment by switching to solar power through a UFT Member Benefits-endorsed solar program. The workshops, all from 4 to 6 p.m., are on the following dates: Manhattan on Monday, Nov. 9; Brooklyn on Friday, Nov. 14; the Bronx on Thursday, Nov. 12; and Queens on Thursday, Nov. 12. For more information on the program, visit the American Solar Partners website. To register, or call 914-699-3366. See the flier for more information.

BRAVE video contest: The UFT’s BRAVE program — Build Respect, Acceptance and Voice through Education — is holding a video contest to highlight the efforts made by schools to create a welcoming and inclusive school environment. Tell teachers to encourage their students to film and submit a three-to-five minute video that promotes acceptance, tolerance and respect in the school community. The winning video will be shown on the UFT BRAVE Facebook page and at UFT events. The submission deadline is April 1, 2016. For contest details, including information about requirements and submitting videos, see the BRAVE Video Contest 2016 flier.

Free flu shots for members: Let your members know that if they or their dependents are covered by New York City health benefits, they can receive a free flu vaccine each year. View the list of chain pharmacies that offer vaccines.

New Teachers

Coaching for Educating All Students exam: The UFT Teacher Center is offering coaching sessions for educators preparing to take the Educating All Students (EAS) New York State certification exam. Session participants will analyze the content, structure and layout of the EAS digitalexam; utilize effective test-taking strategies; and examine the five competencies on the EAS exam. Sessions will be held on November and December dates at UFT borough offices. Register online for your borough’s session.

Manhattan new member meet-and-greet: Manhattan chapter leaders should encourage new members with one to three years on the job to attend the Manhattan new member meet-and-greet with UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Chancellor Carmen Fariña on Friday, Nov. 6. For more information and to register online, see the event listing.

Tenure workshops: Do your newer members know that UFT borough offices will be hosting tenure workshops throughout the fall? Check the UFT website’s events calendar and inform your members of the next upcoming tenure workshops in your borough.

Assistance for new members: The UFT’s Member Assistance Programinvites new teachers to participate in a weekly peer support and informational group. New teachers will be able to gain knowledge about their union, meet their peers and relieve stress. The group will meet on Wednesday afternoons at UFT headquarters, 50 Broadway, from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Registration is required. New teachers should email or call 1-212-701-9620 for registration information.

Special Education

Use the special ed complaint form to notify the union: The union’s special education complaint form is our members’ tool to advocate for their students with special needs. If there are students in their classes who are not being served in accordance with their IEPs, if class size limits for self-contained classes are being violated, if ICT teachers are being pulled to do coverages, or if ratios in ICT classes are not being equalized, please notify the union via thecomplaint form.

Free workshops for integrated co-teaching teams: The UFT Teacher Center is inviting all integrated co-teaching teams to attend a free workshop to expand their knowledge of ICT instruction and to learn how special education reform affects the ICT classroom. The workshops are free, but participants may choose only one of the three sessions. For more information and to register, see the event listing.

Check out the students with disabilities section of the UFT website: Do your members know that there is an entire section of the UFT website dedicated to the rights and responsibilities of members serving children with disabilities? Direct your teachers, paras and school related professionals who are providing services to students with IEPs to the UFT website section dedicated to teaching students with disabilities. The section contains a wealth of information and resources to help them best serve their students.

Know your IEP implementation responsibilities: It is very important that all teachers and school related professionals servicing students with disabilities understand their rights and responsibilities as outlined in the New York State Education Department regulations governed under Chapter 408. Prior to implementing services to these students, your members must make sure that they receive the IEP either electronically through SESIS or via hard copy. The school administration is responsible for identifying a designee to meet with each teacher and service provider prior to the initiation of services to discuss their specific role servicing the student. Additionally if they haven’t already, the administration will be asking your members to sign Chapter 408 documents confirming their receipt of the IEP and other related documents. While signing the documents is not optional, your members must carefully read the IEP and make sure that they fully understand the mandated services before they sign. If your members are still awaiting their meeting or if they haven’t received access to the IEPs, please step in and try to resolve the matter with your principal at your next consultation meeting. If the issue cannot be resolved at the school level or with the assistance of your district representative, then notify the union by filing the special education/ELL complaint form.

English Language Learners

Learn effective instruction strategies for ELLs: Pre-K to Grade 12 teachers are invited to the UFT Teacher Center’s fall citywide conference on English language learners, “Working Together: Applying English as a New Language Strategies in the Integrated Classroom.” The conference will be held at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will explore research-based core principles as an instructional frame for the instruction of English language learners; practice engaging instructional strategies to increase ELLs’ access to content; and build a toolbox of techniques for integrated English as a New Language classrooms. This conference is open to educators at all grade levels. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. Please register online.

Translation services for ELLs: Please review the DOE’s language access policy on the DOE website with your principal to ensure that translation and interpretation supports are available to parents with limited English proficiency. Services include translations of all DOE documents and over-the-phone and on-site interpreters.

Transitional and maintenance bilingual education planning grant:Schools launching or expanding a Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) program can apply for a grant to receive up to $10,000 for the 2016–17 school year. The application deadline has been extended until Saturday, Dec. 19. For more information including an online application,

Professional Learning Opportunities

Last chance to register for P credit courses: Fall registration for P credit courses ends on Friday, Nov. 6. These courses, which are applicable for K-12 teachers, are ASPDA/Department of Education-approved. Participants will receive three P credits for each course they complete. P credits count toward the first as well as the second salary differential, but cannot be used for New York State certification. For more information and to register, see theAdvancement Courses website. Be sure to use code 15NYCT for a 15 percent discount.

Free museum visit for educators: K-12 educators are invited to a free preview of the Whitney Museum’s fall exhibitions, “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist” and “Frank Stella: A Retrospective,” as well as the museum’s permanent collection in its new Renzo Piano-designed building on Friday, Nov. 6 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Participants will receive a guided tour and information about the Whitney’s educational programs for students. Refreshments will be served. See the flier or RSVP online.

UFT workshops for elementary school teachers: The National Center for Economic and Financial Education is offering three professional workshops for elementary school teachers. The workshops will take place in November and December. Participants will receive continuing education credit. Learn about “Financial Fitness for Life,” which will reinforce students’ math and ELA skills while teaching them important concepts in economics and personal finance. Another workshop focuses on “Never Too Young: Personal Finance After-School Program,” a program that will introduce children as young as 5 to basic economic concepts through fun, interactive activities such as songs, stories and games. TheVirtual Economics 4.5” workshop will demonstrate how to navigate the new 4.5 version of the Virtual Economics flash drive, which provides all the tools needed to create engaging economic and personal finance lessons. For workshop dates and times or to register online, see theCouncil for Economic Education website or contact Alexis Andrews or 212-730-6728.

Use art to help students develop skills: Pre-K to Grade 12 teachers are invited to the UFT Teacher Center’s fall citywide conference on art, “Art for All Reasons: Developing 21st-Century Skills.” The conference will be held at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, on Sunday, Nov. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will integrate inquiry-based strategies through the arts with primary sources and complex texts; engage in a jazz theatre performance to develop a greater understanding of inquiry across the curriculum; explore resources from Share My Lesson, ArtsEdge and the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources; and learn how to bring artists to their classrooms digitally with Joy2Learn’s unique online content. This conference is open to educators at all grade levels. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. Please register online.

Fall UFT elementary workshop series: Elementary school teachers who wish to upgrade their teaching skills are invited to attend one of the three remaining UFT elementary workshops this fall. Each two-hour workshop is limited to 35 participants. These workshops are not for college credit. The $10 registration fee for each workshop is refundable only if a workshop is canceled. For payment information, download the mail-in registration coupon or review the online UFT course catalog.

Community Service

Winter coat drive for homeless students: The UFT’s 2nd annual Thanksgiving Luncheon for homeless children will take place on Saturday, Nov. 21. We will be giving new winter clothing to every child. The union is asking each school to organize a clothing drive to collect new winter coats and accessories such as sweaters, scarves, mittens, gloves and hats, which will be given out to students in need at the luncheon, which is organized by the UFT Middle School Division and the Coalition for the Homeless. We can only accept new articles of clothing. The garments may range in size from toddler to adult. You can bring donations to your UFT borough office or to UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 14th Floor, or email Adriana O’Hagan at to arrange for a pickup. All donations must be received by Nov. 17. If you have questions, contact Adelina Santiago at Here is a flier to post on your UFT bulletin board to encourage your members to participate in the new clothing drive.

Professional Recognition

Team High School Award nominations 2016: The UFT Academic High School Awards honor the unsung heroes who deserve to be recognized for going above and beyond to connect with students, communities and the union. Please nominate a colleague, community member or school whose work you appreciate and whose contributions to our union and commitment to our school communities may be hidden from your colleagues. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Nov. 25. Read the award descriptions and use theonline form to submit a nomination.

Our Functional Chapters

School-related professional celebrations in all five boroughs: All school-related professionals are invited to celebrate the work they do with their students at SRP Recognition Day events, which will be held throughout the fall in each borough. Members should see the event listing for their borough for registration information: Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklynand Manhattan.

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This Week in Education and Labor News

Eva Moskowitz’s “Got to Go” list exposed: Documents and interviews with 10 current and former Success employees at five schools suggest that some administrators in the network have singled out weak or difficult children they would like to see leave, reports The New York Times At Success Academy Fort Greene, 16 students were placed on a “Got to Go” list drawn up at the principal’s direction and shared by school leaders. Nine of the students on the list later withdrew from the school.

Obama to cap testing at 2 percent of class time: The Obama administration has called on states and school districts to cap the time spent on standardized tests at no more than 2 percent of classroom hours and pledged to ask Congress to enact the limit into law, reports the L.A. Times. The move comes amid growing opposition from teachers and many parents concerning high-stakes testing. AFT President Randi Weingarten noted that “testing should help inform instruction, not drive instruction. We need to get back to focusing on the whole child.”

Pennsylvania budget woes threaten Pre-K: Pennsylvania’s state-subsidized prekindergarten program is in danger of shutting down, reports thePhillyVoice. As a budget stalemate nears the five-month mark, more than 14,000 children served by the state’s Pre-K Counts program for low-income families could soon be affected. Statewide, school districts and counties have established methods to conserve money and taken out loans to make up for the deficit in state funds.

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Events Calendar

Featured Events

Sunday, Nov. 1: Join your UFT colleagues at the New York Hilton from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Teacher Union Day, when we will be honoring seven UFT school chapters who stood out in the fight to protect public education this spring. Be sure to live tweet using the hashtag #TeacherUnionDay. See the event listingfor more details.

This Week

Wednesday, Nov. 4: Staten Island members are invited to the maternity and child care leave workshop, which will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Staten Island UFT Office, 4456 Amboy Road. Participants will learn their rights concerning maternity, childcare and FMLA leaves. See the event listing for more information and to register.

Thursday, Nov. 5: High school teachers are invited to the “Smartboards for Everyone” workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. This workshop will cover the fundamentals of utilizing Smartboards in your classroom. Participants will learn how to create multimedia presentations to teach any topic and explore ways in which students can use Smartboards to promote learning. A $10 fee is required to participate.

Thursday, Nov. 5: Paraprofessionals are invited to the “Supporting Student Engagement” workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Brooklyn UFT office, 335 Adams Street. This workshop is for full-time paraprofessionals only. It is available to the first 100 registrants so register early. Walk-ins will not be permitted. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, contact Adrienne Gilyard at the DOE at 718-935-2449.

Thursday, Nov. 5: High school chapter leaders are invited to the citywide academic high schools division meeting from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. at the Bronx UFT office, 2500 Halsey Street.

Friday, Nov. 6: Queens school-related professionals are invited to SRP Recognition Day from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Queens UFT office, 97-77 Queens Blvd., 8th floor, Rego Park. See the event listing to register.

Friday, Nov. 6: Manhattan teachers with one to three years of service are invited to a new member meet-and-greet from 4 to 6 p.m. at the UFT Manhattan office, 52 Broadway, 10th Floor. To register online, see the event listing. For more information, see the item in New Teachers.

Save the Date

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15: Chapter Leader Training Part 2will take place at the Westchester Hilton in Rye, NY. Registration has closed.

For more events, go to

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New on

Press Release: Mulgrew on Regents Chancellor Meryl Tisch’s decision not to seek another term

Photo Gallery: District 3 Meet the President

Photo Gallery: New Member Meet-and-Greet (Bronx)

Photo Gallery: NYCATA/UFT Artworks conference 2015

Photo Gallery: Brooklyn Parents Conference 2015

Photo Gallery: Staten Island Parents Conference 2015

Photo Gallery: UFT President Michael Mulgrew visits Tottenville HS on Staten Island

Photo Gallery: Mulgrew visits PS 328 and PS 557, Brooklyn

Photo Gallery: Mulgrew visits Automotive HS, Brooklyn

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Professional Committees

UFT Professional Committees offer a wide range of workshops, presentations and exchanges, enabling all members to take an active part in their professional growth. Unless indicated, meetings are at UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway. Check the lobby for exact locations. For further information contact us at 1-212-598-7772 or visit us online.

ATSS/UFT (Assn. of Teachers of Social Studies)

  • Fridays, Nov. 6 and Dec. 11, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Executive Board Meeting.

Capably Disabled

  • Thursday, Nov. 5, 4:15 to 6 p.m., “Retiree Pension issues.”
  • Monday, Dec. 14, 4:15 to 6 p.m., General Membership Meeting.

ELAC/UFT (English Language Arts Council)

  • Thursday, Dec. 17, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., “26th Annual Vic’s Picks: Must Sees of the Season.”

ESL/Bilingual Committee

  • Thursday, Nov. 5, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., “Explore! The Power of Maps: Engage, Explore and Examine in the ELL Classroom.”

Humane Education

  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Theatre Arts and Humane Education.”

NYC Music Teachers Association/UFT

  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Releasing the Voice Within: Alexander Technique for Musicians and Educators.”


  • Friday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m., “The UFT Players present Story Slam.”

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Editor: Peter O’Donnell

Contributors include:Karen Alford, Amy Arundell, Carmen Alvarez, Ina Babb-Henry, Hannah Brown, Joseph Colletti, Rita Danis, Evelyn DeJesus, Adhim Deveaux, Brian Gibbons, Anthony Harmon, Charles Lobello, Richard Mantell, Ebony Martin, Deidre McFadyen, Diane Mazzola, Gary Mehra, Emma Camacho Mendez, Cara Metz, Rachel Nobel, Linda Ocasio, Arthur Pepper, Jeffrey Povalitis, Ellen Procida, Nadine Reis, Anthony Rivera, Adam Ross, Nanette Sanchez-Rosario, Christine Rowland, Michael Sill, Rosemarie Thompson, Liz Truly, Miriam Vega, Bernadette Weeks and Cheryl Wickham.


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