Chapter Leader Update, February 10th 2017

This Week’s Focus

UFT delegates vote to endorse de Blasio for re-election

UFT delegates voted overwhelmingly on Feb. 8 to support Mayor Bill de Blasio for re-election in November. UFT President Michael Mulgrew cited the mayor’s accomplishments over the past three years and said that he would be an important ally in the coming battles against the Trump administration’s efforts to tear down labor unions and public education.  “We are blessed that we have a mayor who will stand with every single public school teacher to defend our profession and the right to be unionists,” Mulgrew said. Mulgrew said de Blasio has been working hand in hand with the UFT to steer the New York City public education system in the right direction after 20 years of hostile administrations. “We’ve taken this system forward in ways many never imagined,” the mayor told the delegates. “And now, as we look at what’s going on in Washington, we have to use the example of what we’ve done in New York City as proof positive of what can be accomplished.” The decision to endorse the mayor was recommended by a bipartisan committee of UFT members that began meeting in December. Read the news story and read the press release on the UFT website.

DeVos squeaks through to education secretary post

Following a bruising confirmation process and a deafening public outcry over her nomination, Betsy DeVos was confirmed on Feb. 7 as education secretary by the U.S. Senate in a 51-50 vote. Vice President Mike Pence was forced to cast a historic vote after two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, voted against her appointment. DeVos’ opponents, with six days to find one more “no” vote to stop the nomination, unleashed a second flurry of phone calls and faxes on Republican senators. The UFT reached out via email to retirees residing in states where Republican senators had not yet announced their support for DeVos and they asked in-service members via text message, email and social media to appeal to friends and family in those states to make phone calls. But one by one, the senators closed ranks behind DeVos. In a final act of frustration and protest, Senate Democrats held a 24-hour marathon debate on the Senate floor leading up to the Feb. 7 vote at noon. “This process made clear to parents and teachers across the country what billionaire Betsy DeVos is all about,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew. “She has contempt for public education and wants to dismantle neighborhood public schools. We know the DeVos playbook. Now we have to stand together and work to protect what we value — our public schools.” Read the full story on the UFT website.

Show your love for public schools on Valentine’s Day

To counter the false picture of failure that Betsy DeVos and other enemies of public education are painting to justify their privatization schemes, we’re asking chapter leaders to organize an activity next Tuesday, Feb. 14, to show how and why the teachers, parents and students in your school community love and support your school. If your chapter is participating, please sign up online if you haven’t already done so. If you have asked your students to make hearts that describe why they love their school, please send close-up photos of the most moving and powerful hearts (include the age and grade of the student who made it). Share your photos that day on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #PublicSchoolProud. Email your best images (large size, horizontal is best, with detailed caption information) to us at uftphotos@gmail.com so we can share them widely. Remember, if you plan to take photos of students or their work, please collect signed UFT parent consent forms for the students in advance (and tell us when you submit the photos). Download the UFT consent form. With the very idea of public education under attack, I hope you’ll join us on Valentine’s Day to show your love for your school.

Come to Albany on Feb. 18 to let lawmakers know that public schools matter

With the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. education secretary, it’s now more important than ever that Albany be a bulwark to protect our public schools from federal attacks. Scores of state legislators come together each February for the New York State Black and Puerto Rican Caucus. We are asking UFT members, parents and community activists to come to remind our legislators that public schools matter. We invite you to get on the bus to Albany on Saturday, Feb. 18. Buses will depart at 6 a.m. from the Brooklyn UFT borough office, the Harlem State Office Building and the Fresh Meadows Shopping Center in Queens. The buses will return to New York City at 6 p.m. Reserve your seat on the bus. At the caucus, there will be workshops on immigration, funding, transparency, civil rights and more. For more details, see the flier.

Report any oversize classes to your district rep on Monday, Feb. 13

If you teach in a school that reorganizes for the spring term, please report any remaining classes that exceed contractual and other mandated class-size limits to your district representative on Day 10 of the informal resolution period, which is Monday, Feb. 13. It’s important that chapter leaders do their part to keep class sizes within proper limits. This is not just a contractual right; it’s an educational benefit for students. The union will take any class-size problems unresolved by Feb. 13 directly to arbitration.

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Your Chapter Leader Checklist

  • Make your MOSL selections by Feb. 17: Speak with your principal about convening your MOSL committee right away to make selections for the current school year. The deadline for completing most of the selections is Friday, Feb. 17. The committee should consult the new 2016–17 MOSL School-Level Selections Guide for detailed information about the options available. The most time-sensitive MOSL selections are the grade- and subject-level selections. For these selections, the committee decides what assessment, target population and method of measurement will be applied for every grade and subject in the school. Once grade and subject decisions have been made, those selections need to be applied to individual teachers, who often teach more than one grade and subject. Teacher-level decisions do not need to be made by the Feb. 17 deadline. Further guidance on these teacher-level decisions will follow. Remember, schools may use the 80-minute professional development block for MOSL-related work, including discussions with the staff and committee meetings. The MOSL selection process is much simpler than in the past because the state and local measures have been replaced by a single measure with lower stakes. Please note the new Project-Based Learning Assessments and Student Learning Inventories announced in December are not available this school year. For more information, consult the four new DOE MOSL guides: MOSL Supplement Guide for Alternate Assessments; 2016–17 MOSL Supplement Guide for Elementary Schools; 2016–17 MOSL Supplement Guide for Middle Schools; and the 2016–17 MOSL Supplement Guide for High Schools.
  • Check your W-2s for accuracy: W-2s were delivered to schools on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Members who are no longer active (as a result of retirement, resignation or termination) had their W-2s mailed to the home address currently on file with the DOE. W-2s for pedagogic per diems also were mailed. W-2s for substitute paraprofessionals went to the school in which they received their Jan. 13 paycheck or paystub. If they did not receive a Jan.13 paycheck or paystub, their W-2s went to the last school in which they received a check immediately prior to Jan. 13. ATRs who pick up their checks at 65 Court St. will get their W-2s there as well. Members can request copies of their W-2s for the last three years or request a correction by logging on to the DOE’s payroll portal beginning in the middle of February. If an address correction is needed, the member must contact HR Connect at 718-935-4000 before the duplicate and/or corrected W-2 is requested. If members have any questions regarding their W-2s, they should call HR Connect. Members will get their 1095-c (proof of health insurance through their employer) with their W-2s.
  • Support your school librarian: If you have librarians in your school, please make sure they are included in all member meetings and that they receive all member materials. It is more important than ever that our librarian colleagues have the opportunity to exercise their voice and participate fully in school and union activities. Don’t forget to invite librarians to chapter meetings, and remember that these members should be included in school-based professional development.
  • Seeking educators and parents to be interviewed for #PublicSchoolProud videos: As part of our #PublicSchoolProud campaign, we are looking for dedicated educators and proud public school parents to tell their stories for a video project. We will interview educators about the challenges and rewards of teaching and working in a public school. What are the obstacles your students face? What makes you proud of your students? How do you reach that difficult student? How are you a role model for your students? What lessons have your students taught you? We’ll also interview parents about why they love and support their child’s school. How have teachers and other school staff helped their child reach his or her potential? What hurdles has the school helped the child surmount? What makes their child’s public school special? Fill out this online form to let us know if you’re interested in participating in this project and let us know about colleagues or parents who would be great as well.
  • Sabbatical deadlines to be announced soon: Tell your members that the DOE will release the timeline for fall 2017 sabbatical applications in the coming weeks. Members interested in taking a study sabbatical should attend a UFT sabbatical workshop. For details on the workshops, including registration information, see the Events Calendar items below.
  • Tax deductions for UFT members: According to the IRS, if you are an eligible educator, you can deduct up to $250 of any unreimbursed expenses you paid in 2016 for books, supplies, computer equipment (including related software and services), other equipment and supplementary materials you use in the classroom. Your union dues are also eligible as a miscellaneous deduction. For more information about tax deductions for UFT members and educators, please read our information item or see the IRS website.
  • 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. It’s time to enroll in the spring 2017 series of counseling sessions, which will all be held on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. The spring dates are March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. For details and registration information, email MAPinfo@uft.org or call 212-701-9620. Registration is limited.  Here is a flier to hang on your UFT bulletin board.
  • Apply for PROSE: The PROSE panel is now accepting applications from schools interested in becoming PROSE schools beginning in the 2017–18 school year. Interested chapter leaders can request an application via the online form. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 3. The PROSE program is driven by collaboration and innovation, and the schools that become PROSE schools have opportunities to implement new ideas, share their work with other schools and develop sustainable cultures that respect teachers and all members as professionals. For more information about the program, drop a note to PROSE@uft.org and the team will follow up.

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Tell Your Members

Salary & Personnel

Excused leave for breast or prostate cancer screening and blood donation: UFT members can receive up to four hours of paid leave to get a mammogram, up to four hours of paid leave for prostate screening, and up to three hours of unpaid leave to give blood. The state Legislature passed the laws granting our members these benefits at the urging of the UFT and our state affiliate NYSUT. A personnel memo issued by the DOE outlines the procedures for UFT members to follow when requesting these leaves.

Evaluation

PROSE meeting on evaluation: Members who teach in PROSE schools are encouraged to attend a special meeting on the teacher evaluation system on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th floor, room B. Topics will include a brief overview of the evaluation agreement; a discussion about the new expanded assessment options; and a review of Option PROSE. Register online for this meeting.

Read the DOE guides on teacher evaluation: The new Advance Guide, which was developed by the DOE in consultation with the UFT, is an overview of the teacher evaluation system in place for this school year. The guide provides detailed information on Measures of Teacher Practice (MOTP), flags important timelines and provides additional resources to support teachers. Advance at a Glance is another tool for teachers to use for a quick month-by-month survey of upcoming deadlines in the evaluation cycle.

Political Action

COPE is the best tool against a state constitutional convention: Make the case for your members about the importance of using our collective voice to strengthen our schools and communities and to improve our working lives. As we roll out our campaign to vote NO to a constitutional convention, remind members that when the stakes are high, UFT COPE is there to fight back against policy proposals that would hurt educators and their families. By contributing to COPE each month, we ensure that our voices are heard by lawmakers and decision-makers on the issues and policies that matter to us. Be sure to explain to members that COPE is funded entirely by voluntary contributions; we do not use any union dues for political action. Let’s get the message out that thanks to UFT COPE, we get results.

Grievance

A new labor-management committee can help resolve class-size violations: Through a recent arbitration ruling, the UFT gained a new process to find solutions for schools with chronically oversize classes. A joint labor-management committee consisting of three UFT representatives and three DOE representatives will now meet to discuss solutions for schools with an extensive history of oversize classes. For the first time, the UFT and the DOE are required to review issues at schools with a long history of oversize classes before going to arbitration. Schools give up no rights when the committee reviews their cases. If a particular school cannot reach a solution, the UFT can proceed to arbitration. Read the news story on the UFT website.

Health and Safety

Check for lead in your school’s water: To comply with new state regulations on lead levels in water, the DOE has been testing all water outlets in New York City schools. The UFT Safety and Health Department is asking chapter leaders to walk through their schools to ensure that sinks or fountains found to have elevated levels of lead are not used for drinking or cooking. You can find your school’s report on the DOE website. Be aware that because lead does not absorb through the skin, sinks with elevated levels of lead do not have to be shut off if they are used only for handwashing and if a sign is posted indicating that the water is not to be used for drinking. If you have members who are concerned about the health effects of potential lead exposure, you should recommend that they ask their doctor for a blood lead test. You should notify the UFT Safety and Health Department if someone in your school has a diagnosis of an elevated blood lead level. If you have any questions, contact your district representative, borough safety and health specialist or the UFT Safety and Health Department. You can read the full guidance on the UFT website. For more information on the health effects of lead poisoning, see the Centers for Disease Control website. For more information on the new state regulation, see the New York State website’s health page and the FAQ.

Taking care of your eyes: All members are invited to “The Aging Eye: Understanding Changes in Vision,” a lecture hosted by the UFT Welfare Fund Medical Learning Series and presented by Douglas Lazzaro, M.D. Participants will learn the signs, symptoms and treatments for common age-related eye diseases and conditions such as macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, dry eye and low vision. This event will take place on Tuesday, March 28, at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th floor, room G from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, see the event listing.

Special Education

FAQ spells out special education and ICT requirements: Special education teachers and related-service providers see firsthand that many students with disabilities are not receiving the services they need. This special education FAQ, created jointly by the DOE and the UFT, spells out the requirements of IEPs, integrated co-teaching and Chapter 408. Please make sure these programs are implemented properly to support students with disabilities in your school. If the procedures outlined in this FAQ are not being followed, please make it part of the agenda for the next consultation committee meeting with your principal. If you can’t resolve the issue through consultation, use this online form to ask your UFT district representative for assistance or file a special education complaint. This Know Your Rights column in the Nov. 3 issue of New York Teacher focuses on special education issues.

English Language Learners

Free ELL workshop on differentiated instruction: Educators and paraprofessionals of English language learners are invited to attend a free workshop, “Differentiating Planning and Implementing Small Group Instruction for English Language Learners,” presented by the UFT and Fordham University. This workshop will take place on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 2nd floor. Participants will learn effective strategies to support the connection between reading comprehension and language development and how to incorporate these into instruction to build students’ speaking and literacy competencies. Participants will receive two CTLE hours. Light refreshments will be served. To register online, see the event listing.

NYSABE annual conference: ELL educators are invited to attend the New York State Association for Bilingual Education annual conference from Thursday, March 2, to Saturday, March 4, at the Crowne Plaza White Plains–Downtown Hotel. This year’s theme is a call to come together in the spirit of collaboration and unity to realize the full potential of bilingual education. For more information, including a list of speakers and online registration, see the event flier.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Registration is open for the Paraprofessional Festival and Awards Luncheon: All paraprofessionals are encouraged to attend the UFT’s Paraprofessional Festival and Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 18. This event will be held at the New York Hilton Hotel from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can attend two workshops on social and emotional learning, literacy strategies, cultural awareness and others. Paraprofessionals can earn three hours of professional development credit for attending workshops. This year’s keynote speaker will be Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, the chair of the City Council Finance Committee. The cost of the luncheon is $25. For a list of workshops and to download the mail-in coupon, see the event listing. The registration deadline is Friday, March 3.

Free workshops for elementary educators: Elementary educators of grades K-6 are invited to free workshops presented by the Council for Economic Education. K-5 teachers can attend “Using Playdough and Children’s Literature to Teach Personal Finance and Economics” on Wednesday, March 1. Grades 3-6 teachers can attend “Entrepreneurship and the Mini-Economy” on Thursday, March 2. Both workshops will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Science, Industry and Business Library at East 35th Street and Madison Avenue. Lunch will be served. Participants will receive six CEUs. For full workshop descriptions and to register, see the flier.

ASPDP spring semester registration is underway: Tell your members that registration has begun for the spring semester After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP) courses. These low-cost P-credit courses can be applied for a salary differential as well as the state requirement of 100 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). All courses are aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards and the Danielson Framework for Teaching. Courses are taught by DOE instructors as well as nonprofit organizations and cultural institutions such as the Museum of the City of New York. To enroll in a course, register for an ASPDP account and explore the course catalog. For more information and to register, email ASPDP@schools.nyc.gov. Members can sign up for the ASPDP mailing list to receive course updates.

Register for our Early Childhood Education Conference on March 11: Early childhood educators are invited to register for the UFT’s 10th annual Early Childhood Education Conference, which will be held at UFT headquarters on Saturday, March 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead.” The conference will feature a plenary greeting from UFT President Michael Mulgrew and a choice of exciting workshops. Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours will be provided. Breakfast and a box lunch will be served. There is a fee of $30. The registration and payment deadline is Friday, Feb. 24. For details, including online and mail-in registration information, see the event listing on the UFT website.

Teaching and Learning

Lessons about beloved books: The AFT Share My Lesson website has many lessons, webinars and other educational resources about immigration. Teachers can explore Share My Lesson’s Beloved Books collection for K-12 lesson plans or student activities. Story Map for Click-Clack-Moo lets K-2 students unpack the plot and characters of this popular allegory. Harry Potter Word Problems helps math teachers engage middle school students with this pre-teen favorite. You can find many more lessons and webinars on the Share My Lesson website.

Opportunities

Passover Labor Seder: The Jewish Labor Committee, Educators’ Chapter and the UFT Jewish Heritage Committee, in collaboration with the Workmen’s Circle, invite all members to celebrate Passover through the eyes of the labor movement at their annual Labor Seder on Tuesday, March 28. A traditional kosher Passover dinner will be served at this event, which will be held at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th floor from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $36 for adults and $15 for children. For more information and to register, download the mail-in flier. The registration deadline is Monday, March 13.

Free screening of documentary 13th this Monday, Feb. 13: Invite your members and friends to join us as we continue our film series celebrating Black History Month.  On Monday, Feb. 13 we will screen 13th, a 2016 documentary by Ava DuVernay that explores the nation’s history of racial inequality through the lens of the criminal justice system. The film’s title refers to the 13th Amendment of the constitution. Rising from the Rails: The Story of the Pullman Porter will be shown on Tuesday, Feb. 28. This film chronicles the legacy of Pullman porters, the African-American men who served as caretakers to wealthy, white rail passengers, and shows how A. Philip Randolph led the porters in their 12-year battle to create the first all-black union. Chapter leaders, please post the film series poster on your UFT bulletin board and advise your members to register for the series online. The films, which are free, will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway.

Community Service

Energy Conservation Poster Contest: Teachers of grades K-12 are asked to encourage their students to participate in the DOE Office of Sustainability’s Energy Conservation Artwork Contest. Students interested in participating will create a poster with an energy conservation call to action. The goal of the contest is to create a dialogue and encourage students, teachers, administrative staff and parents to save energy through art. Fifteen winners will receive a prize and their artwork will be featured in the Sustainability 2017-2018 calendar. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 3. For more information, including examples of previous winners’ work, see the DOE Office of Sustainability website.

Our Functional Chapters

DOE issues guidance to principals on paras and lunch duty: The Jan. 25 issue of the Principal’s Weekly provided clear-cut guidance to principals concerning paraprofessionals and lunch duty. It specifically states: “Please remember that if an individual student’s IEP requires paraprofessional support including during lunch, the principal or designee must schedule paraprofessional coverage to ensure that the student is appropriately served at all times and that the paraprofessional has a duty-free lunch period. Paraprofessionals must not be used for lunch duty.” Please work with your principal to ensure these rules are followed in your school.

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This Week in Education and Labor News

Right-to-Work bill halted for possible referendum: Missouri Governor Eric Greitens on Feb. 6 fulfilled a major campaign promise by signing legislation to become the country’s 28th right-to-work state, reports the Kansas City Star. Organized labor responded swiftly by filing a rarely used referendum petition seeking to freeze the law and put it directly before voters. Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis and Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel, who filed the petition, have until Aug. 28, the day the right-to-work measure is scheduled to go into effect, to collect enough signatures to place the law on the ballot. If they succeed, right to work won’t take effect until Missourians get the chance to have their say in 2018.

Lawsuit reintroduces agency fee question: A conservative group has joined with eight California educators in a lawsuit filed this week that seeks to eliminate the right of unions to collect mandatory agency fees from teachers who are not union members, according to the L.A. Times. Similar litigation challenging the fees failed last year when the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4, leaving the current policy in place. California Teachers Association President Eric C. Heins on Feb. 7 defended the fees, saying, “We bargain for the working conditions of teachers, which are the learning conditions of our students.”  If this latest litigation were to reach the Supreme Court following the confirmation of Pres. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, teachers’ unions would be in danger of losing a key source of funding.

CT governor proposes redistribution of state education aid: Connecticut Gov. Daniel P. Malloy on Feb. 6 proposed redistributing state school funding from wealthier school districts with often shrinking student enrollment to impoverished school districts with often growing student enrollment, according to the Hartford Courant. He issued the proposal in response to a 2016 judicial ruling that the state had defaulted on its “constitutional duty” to equitably educate its poorest students. The governor’s proposal redefines how poverty is measured and calls for a $10 million increase in special education funding. “The communities that don’t have the resources have suffered under the prior system the most,” Malloy said.

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Events Calendar

Featured Events

Saturday, March 11: The 10th annual Early Childhood Education Conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. See the item in Professional Learning Opportunities for details.

Saturday, March 18:  The Paraprofessional Festival and Awards Luncheon will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New York Hilton. See the item in Professional Learning Opportunities for details.

This Week

Saturday, Feb. 11: All educators are invited to a seminar on Irish-American contributions to theater. This event, which will begin at 9 a.m. at the American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Ave., will feature speakers Dr. Marion Casey, NYU Clinical Assistant Professor of Irish Studies; and Charlotte Moore and Ciaran O’Reilly, founders & directors of the Irish Repertory Theatre. A donation of $15 includes light refreshments. Preregister at mbks@aol.com.

Monday, Feb. 13: District 75 probationary teachers are invited to a tenure guidelines seminar from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Bronx UFT office, 2500 Halsey St., rear entrance. For more information and to register, see the event listing.

Monday, Feb. 13: Celebrate Black History Month at the UFT’s film series. Join us to watch 13th, a 2016 documentary about the nation’s history of racial inequality through the lens of the criminal justice system. The screening will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, Shanker Hall. For more information, see the item in Opportunities.

Tuesday, Feb. 14: The Social Workers & Psychologists Chapter Executive Board meeting will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 50 Broadway, 2nd floor, room B. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, Feb. 15: Bronx-based guidance counselors are invited to a meet-and-greet from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bronx UFT office, 2500 Halsey Street. Participants will learn how to better increase college awareness for college-bound high school students. Online registration is required.

Tuesday, Feb. 15: The Lab Specialists Chapter meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 50 Broadway.

Tuesday, Feb. 15: New teachers are invited to “Student Engagement,” a professional learning opportunity workshop presented by the UFT Member Assistance Program and the UFT Teacher Center. Registration for this event is closed.

Tuesday, Feb. 15: The Speech Chapter Executive Board and general membership meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th floor, room G. Register online.

Thursday, Feb. 16: Staten Island members are invited to a sabbatical workshop from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Staten Island UFT office, 4456 Amboy Road. Participants will learn about the sabbatical application process, eligibility and requirements. Space is limited, so registration is required. RSVP by emailing Tanisha Franks at tfranks@uft.org. For more information, see the event listing.

Thursday, Feb. 16:  Educators are invited to attend “Engaging Students in Learning – Using 21st Century Tech (Component 3C),” a workshop that will address ways in which teachers can promote critical thinking and analysis in a manner that is both engaging and rigorous for students. This event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. A $10 fee is required to participate. For more information and to register online, see the event listing.

Thursday, Feb. 16: Bronx-based members are invited to a maternity workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bronx UFT office, 2500 Halsey St. Participants will learn what forms they need, health insurance provisions and other terms of maternity leaves. Men are welcome. For more information and to register, see the event listing.

Save the date

Saturday, March 18: The 13th annual Guidance Counselors Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. For more information, see the event listing and the item in Our Functional Chapters.

Friday, April 28: The 2017 Academic High Schools Celebration will take place at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. More details to come.

Saturday, May 6: The UFT Middle School Division’s 4th annual 5K Run will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at MCU Park in Coney Island. For more information and to download a mail-in registration form, see the event listing.

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

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