Chapter Leader Update, January 27th, 2017

This Week’s Focus

Show your love for public schools on Valentine’s Day

What better occasion to show your love for public schools than on Valentine’s Day? We’re asking chapter leaders to organize an event or celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 14 to show how and why you love your school. Sign up online to let us know that your school community will participate. You may want to ask your students to each make a “heart” that describes why they love their school and then display these hearts or create a video slideshow of close-ups of the most powerful hearts. Or make a two-minute video featuring members of the school community talking about why they love their public school. Or take a cue from the members who decided to #WearRedforPublicEd on Wednesday to show their opposition to Betsy DeVos and organize a group photo on Feb. 14 with a Valentine’s Day theme. Need more ideas? Check out these suggestions. Share your photos on social media using the hashtag #PublicSchoolProud and email your best one or two images (large size, horizontal is best, with detailed caption information) to us at Remember, if you plan to take photos of students on Feb. 14, please collect signed UFT parent consent forms for the students in advance. 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.

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.

Earn CTLE hours by attending LearnUFT sessions

Encourage members to register for the first round of LearnUFT work sessions scheduled for the first two Saturdays in February at every UFT borough office. The New York State Board of Regents recently adopted new regulations requiring all teachers who hold professional certificates and paraprofessionals who hold Level III teaching assistant certificates to collect and track 100 professional development hours known as Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours. As a state-approved provider of CTLE hours, the UFT has launched LearnUFT, which will offer professional learning opportunities at cost specifically designed to meet our members’ needs. These UFT courses are taught by qualified veteran Teacher Center instructors and all certificates of completion will be archived for the duration of each five-year cycle. By completing your CTLE hours with LearnUFT, you can be sure that your records will never be lost or misplaced. See descriptions of the first LearnUFT Saturday work sessions on the UFT website. LearnUFT will offer work sessions in all five borough offices on weekends and during the summer. We will continue to add more options for LearnUFT courses throughout the spring and summer, so please check back.

Read and share the DOE’s new 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. In addition, the DOE in consultation with the UFT, released the following Measures of Student Learning (MOSL) supplement 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, so MOSL committees can begin to meet regarding allowable MOSL selections for each grade and subject in their school. A full MOSL guide will be distributed next week. Please share these documents with the teachers in your chapter as they contain the answers to many questions that may come up about how teachers are being evaluated.

Help get the word out about Betsy DeVos before the Jan. 31 Senate committee vote

The U.S. Senate committee vote on Betsy DeVos for U.S. education secretary was pushed back to this coming Tuesday, Jan. 31. Help get the word out that she’s the wrong choice to lead the Education Department by sharing this video about her lack of answers at her confirmation hearing. Also watch this video about how Betsy DeVos is a danger to special education. Look for the UFT Facebook post of the special education video on Saturday morning. Read and share this page about the threat to public schools posed by DeVos and Vice President Mike Pence.

Thanks for joining us at the Women’s Marches last Saturday

We’d like to thank all the chapter leaders and other UFT members who participated in the historic Women’s Marches in New York City and Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Jan. 21. Thousands of UFT members joined millions around the world to send a message to Donald Trump on his second day in office. Together, we took a stand for our rights as educators, New Yorkers and U.S. citizens. You can see photos from the march on the UFT Facebook page and view our video slideshow. You should take pride in what we accomplished on Saturday.

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Your Chapter Leader Checklist

  • School-based MOSL committee selection process begins on Feb. 1: The anticipated deadline for MOSL selections will be between Feb. 1 and Feb. 7. Please work with your principal to convene your school-based MOSL committee and select the Measures of Student Learning (MOSL) for each grade and subject. Though we are starting the MOSL selection process late this year, you will find it is much simpler than in the past because the state and local measures have been replaced by a single measure with lower stakes. This should make choices easier for you and your school. Please note the new Project-Based Learning Assessments and Student Learning Inventories announced in December are not available this school year. You and your school will receive more specific information so that your committee can complete its task. You can also refer to the teacher evaluation guide for a full description of the new student learning measures. See the item above in This Week’s Focus for links to the four new DOE MOSL guides that you can consult.
  • 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 beginning next week. 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 winter–spring 2017 series of counseling sessions, which will all be held on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. The dates are Feb. 2 and Feb. 9. The spring dates are March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. For details and registration information, email 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 and the team will follow up.
  • Last chance for eligible seniors to apply for an Albert Shanker student scholarship: Each year, the UFT awards $1 million in scholarships to academically excellent and financially eligible New York City public high school seniors through the Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund. To receive a $5,000 scholarship from the fund, those selected must be accepted and matriculated in a full-time, degree-granting program at an accredited college or university. Please reach out to your school’s college advisors and guidance counselors to make sure 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 Tuesday, Jan. 31.
  • Follow UFT divisions and departments on Twitter: Did you know various UFT divisions and departments are on Twitter? To get the latest news and information, you can follow the UFT elementary schools division @UFT_Elementary; the UFT middle schools division @UFTMS_Division; the UFT high schools division @UFTTeamHS; the UFT Bronx borough office @BBOUFT; the UFT Brooklyn borough office @UFT_BKOffice; the UFT Manhattan borough office @UFT_MBO; the Special Education department at @UFTSPEDVP; the UFT Safety & Health department at @UFTSafety; the UFT Paraprofessionals Chapter at @UFTParas; representatives from UFT District 75 @D75uft; and the UFT Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff @UFTACTS.

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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.


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 UFT’s Teacher Evaluation Guide: Be sure to consult the eight-page Guide to the Teacher Evaluation System that we recently developed to help you answer member questions on the teacher evaluation system.

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.


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

Need to make a safety complaint? We’ve made it easier to let us know of a safety problem in your school. Just go to this web address: and follow the instructions. Remember: If you believe the situation you are reporting constitutes an emergency, please call the union’s safety hotline at 212-701-9407 for immediate assistance.

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. The Know Your Rights column in the current New York Teacher also focuses on special education issues.

New Members

Free AFT workshops about managing student debt have begun: The UFT and the American Federation of Teachers, our national union, are teaming up to help UFT members get relief from crushing student debt. Members are invited to attend a free workshop about managing student debt in one of the UFT’s five borough offices. These workshops, which are open to all UFT members, will alert you to federal programs that can help you lower your monthly student loan payments or even get your debt forgiven. All workshops will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Registration is required. To see the dates and locations of all remaining workshops and to register, go to the online sign-up form.

Workshops for new teachers: The UFT Teacher Center and the Member Assistance Program are offering a series of workshops to help teachers in years 1 to 3 navigate challenges such as classroom management, student engagement and professional collaboration. Each workshop will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. Teachers can receive two CTLE hours for selected workshops. For workshop descriptions and online registration, see the flier.

Professional Learning Opportunities

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 Members can sign up for the ASPDP mailing list to receive course updates.

Last chance to register for our Middle School Conference on Feb. 4: The registration deadline has been extended to Thursday, Feb. 2 for the UFT’s fourth annual Middle School Conference on Saturday, Feb. 4 at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Last year, hundreds of middle school educators deepened their skills and knowledge while networking with colleagues at the conference. This year’s event promises to be just as memorable. Participants can earn at least three CTLE hours for attending two workshops of their choice on topics including the roles of the teacher and paraprofessional in the IEP process; engaging the disengaged middle school male; coding in math; and using Google’s “G Suite” for educators. You must pre-register. The registration fee of $30 includes breakfast and lunch. See the brochure for a description of all the workshops and to download the mail-in registration coupon.

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.

Free workshop for interactive storytelling: Early childhood educators are encouraged to speak with their principals about attending a full-day professional development workshop presented by the CUNY Creative Arts Team. During this workshop, facilitators will guide participants through a step-by-step process to help them build an experiential and intellectual understanding of the power of oral storytelling in developing children’s listening, speaking and language skills. The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 16 at the Queens UFT office, 97-77 Queens Blvd., Rego Park., from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can register online. For more information, see the flier.

Teaching and Learning

Lessons about Black History Month: The AFT Share My Lesson website has many lessons, webinars and other educational resources about Black History Month. The Anti-Defamation League presents 10 ideas for honoring Black History Month in the elementary classroom. John Lewis: Non-Violent Activism prompts middle school students to reflect on the legacy of John Lewis as a leader and advocate for non-violent social change. Reflections on the Poetry of Maya Angelou uses the poem “On the Pulse of Morning” to teach high school students about this great Harlem Renaissance writer. You can find many more lessons and webinars on the Share My Lesson website.


UFT film series celebrating Black History Month kicks off on Feb. 1: Invite your members and friends to join us as we celebrate Black History Month with a series of three films starting on Wednesday, Feb. 1, with Chisholm ’72, the 2005 documentary about the life of Shirley Chisholm, who in 1972 became the first black woman to run for president. The film series continues on Monday, Feb. 13, with 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. The final film in the series, Rising from the Rails: The Story of the Pullman Porter will be shown on Tuesday, Feb. 28 and chronicles the legacy of Pullman porters, the African-American men who served as caretakers to wealthy, white rail passengers, and 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. All three events, which are free, will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway.

Team High School Award 2017 nominations due by Jan. 31: The UFT Academic High School Awards honor the unsung heroes who deserve recognition 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 has been extended to Tuesday, Jan. 31. Read the award descriptions and use the online form to submit a nomination. The 2017 Academic High Schools Celebration will take place on Friday, April 28. If you have questions, contact the Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds at

Community Service

District 11 scholarship dinner dance: We encourage District 11 members to join their colleagues at the inaugural UFT District 11 scholarship dinner dance at Villa Barone Manor on Wednesday, April 26. This event will include a cocktail hour with open bar, dinner and dessert. The cost is $85. RSVP with payment by check by Friday, March 31. For more information and to RSVP, download the flier.

Our Functional Chapters

Paras should not be assigned lunch duty: Paraprofessionals cannot be assigned lunch duty. All paraprofessionals also are entitled to a duty-free lunch period. If a student’s IEP requires paraprofessional support during the student’s lunch period, the principal must schedule coverage to ensure that the student is appropriately served at all times and that each paraprofessional in the school has a duty-free lunch period. Please work with your principal to ensure these rules are followed in your school.

Encourage guidance counselors to attend the 13th annual Guidance Counselors Conference on March 18: Guidance counselors are encouraged to attend the 13th annual Guidance Counselors Conference on Saturday, March 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. This year’s theme is “School Counselors: Help Students Realize Their Potential.” Our keynote speaker is Terence Houlihan, a school counselor and adjunct professor at Lehman College. Participants will have a choice of workshops including special education, college readiness, bullying and LGBT issues. Vendors will also be on hand to provide school counseling materials. Each attendee will receive a certificate of participation at the end of the conference. To register, see the course catalog.

Celebrate National School Counseling Week 2017: Encourage your chapter to recognize and celebrate the important work school counselors do during National School Counseling Week, Feb. 6 to 10. This year’s theme is “School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential.”

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This Week in Education and Labor News

Mayor de Blasio’s education priorities: Mayor Bill de Blasio’s preliminary budget for the coming fiscal year calls for an additional $500 million investment to create roughly 38,500 seats to alleviate overcrowding, according to Chalkbeat. The education portion of his spending plan also allocates $16 million to upgrade SESIS. The plan includes funding to expand the summer school program Summer in the City and to hire 200 more school crossing guards.

Florida court upholds charter appeal: A Florida state appeals court on Jan. 18 affirmed the constitutionality of a law that allows the state Board of Education to overturn a decision by a local school board to reject a charter school application, reports the Sun Sentinel The 5th District Court of Appeal turned down arguments by the Palm Beach County School Board that the law infringes on the power of local school boards to determine whether to give the green light to a new charter school. The school board had previously denied an application from the Florida Charter Educational Foundation, Inc. to open a new charter school on the grounds the proposal lacked “innovative learning methods.”

Union membership hits record low: Fewer American workers belong to labor unions than at any time since the government began tracking membership, according to The Hill. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said just 10.7 percent of American workers were members of labor unions in 2016, down from 20.1 percent in 1983. More than half of the 14.6 million union workers in the nation live in just seven states — California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey and Ohio. The long-term causes of the drop-off include the decline of the U.S. manufacturing industry, antiquated federal labor laws and the proliferation of “right-to-work” legislation.

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Events Calendar

Featured Events

Friday, Feb. 3: The 14th annual UFT Black History Month dinner dance will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight at Antun’s, 96-43 Springfield Blvd in Queens Village. This year’s theme is “And Miles to Go.” UFT Vice President Evelyn DeJesus will receive the Trailblazer Award and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will receive the Frederick Douglass Award for Civil and Human Rights. The registration deadline has closed.

Saturday, Feb. 4: The 4th annual Middle School Conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. See the item in Professional Learning Opportunities for details.

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.

This Week

Wednesday, Feb. 1: Bronx District 8 probationary teachers are invited to an informational session to better understand the tenure guidelines. This event will be held at the Bronx UFT office, 2500 Halsey St., rear entrance, from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information and to register, see the event listing.

Wednesday, Feb. 1: Staten Island members are invited to a maternity and child care leave workshop at the Staten Island UFT office, 4456 Amboy Road, from 4 to 6 p.m. Participants will learn their rights concerning maternity, childcare and the Family and Medical Leave Act. For more information and to register, see the event listing.

Wednesday, Feb. 1: Staten Island members are invited to a maternity and child care leave workshop at the Staten Island UFT office, 4456 Amboy Road, from 4 to 6 p.m. Participants will learn their rights concerning maternity, childcare and the Family and Medical Leave Act. For more information and to register, see the event listing.

Wednesday, Feb. 1:

All members are invited to celebrate Black History month with a screening of the film Chisholm ’72, a 2005 documentary about the life of Shirley Chisholm. This free screening, which will be held at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, Shanker Hall from 4:30 to 7 p.m., will be followed by a discussion on the theme of the documentary. To register online, see the event listing. For more information, see the item in Opportunities.

Thursday, Feb. 2: Queens members are invited to attend a maternity workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Queens UFT office, 97-77 Queens Blvd., 5th floor, Rego Park. The workshops are held monthly. To register for this event, participants must email Karla Jordan at with their full name, due date, file number, non-DOE email address, school, district and cell phone number. Confirmation will be sent by email for the workshop closest to the member’s due date. This event is for members only. See the flier for more details.

Thursday, Feb. 2: Bronx members are invited to a sabbatical workshop from 4 to 6 pm. at the Bronx UFT office, 2500 Halsey St. Participants will learn the 2017 guidelines for sabbaticals. To register, see the event listing.

Thursday, Feb. 2: Manhattan members are invited to a sabbatical workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Manhattan UFT office, 52 Broadway, 10th floor, conference rooms A/B. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 212-598-6800. Participants should RSVP to Rafael Pena at with their name, file number, telephone number, school and district from a non-DOE email address. For more information, see the event listing.

Save the Date

Saturday, March 18: The 36th annual Paraprofessional Festival and Luncheon will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New York Hilton. See the event listing on the UFT calendar.

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.

For more events, go to

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New on

UFT testimony regarding teacher recruitment and retention

News: DeVos flunks first test

Resolution in support of the 2017 UFT Public School Proud campaign

Resolution to oppose the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education

Resolution in opposition to school vouchers

Resolution for the creation of cafeterias and lounges for UFT members at every NYC Department of Education public school

Photo Gallery: School secretaries seminar 2017

Photo Gallery: Women’s March

Photo Gallery: Mulgrew visits Isaac Newton MS for Math and Science and Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, East Harlem

Photo Gallery: Mulgrew visits Renaissance School of the Arts and PS 155 in East Harlem

Parent News: Manhattan Parent Newsletter – Jan. 25, 2017

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Professional Committees

The 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.

Association of Teachers of Social Studies/UFT

  • Saturday, Feb.11, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Media Literacy: Who Controls the Narrative? For more information and to register, see the flier.
  • Sunday, March 19, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., 19th annual Professional Development Conference on Holocaust Education. The theme is Documentation, Accountability and Heroism: Learning from the past to enhance the future — role models for our children. For more information, see the flier.

English Language Arts

  • Thursday, March 2, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, Common Core Learning Standards Workshop III: What an ELA Supervisor Looks for During an Observation. For more information, see the flier.
  • Thursday, March 30, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Celebrating Women’s History Month. For more information, see the flier.

Hellenic American Educators Association/UFT

  • Friday, Feb. 10, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Book Talk: “The Murderess.”

Irish American Committee

  • Thursday, March 9, 4 to 7 p.m., Annual Heritage Celebration: Honoring the W.B. Yeats Society of NY.


  • Saturday, Feb. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., “A Piece of π.” For more information, see the flier.

 NYC Music Teachers Association/UFT

  • Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Teaching Ukulele to Teachers.

NYC Art Teachers Association

  • Inside/Outside Exhibit Submission. “Young Artists Unite Against Bullying.” For more information, see the flier.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 8, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Creative Classroom Management. For more information, see the flier.

UFT Players

  • Tuesday, Feb. 14, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Story Slam. For more information, see the flier.


  • Friday, Feb. 10, 7:15 p.m., The Feynman Picture of Quantum Confinement of Small Molecules, presented by Joseph Cendagorta; and Computational Chemistry Methods for Crystal Structure Prediction, presented by Dr. Leslie Vogt, NYU. For more information, see the flier.
  • Friday, March 17, 7:15 p.m., Preparing an Application for the Math for America Master Teacher Fellowship.  For more information, see the flier.
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