Chapter Leader Weekly Update, January 13th, 2017

This Week’s Focus

Cuomo pledges record-high education budget

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Jan. 9, in his first of six regional State of the State addresses, promised a record level of state school aid in the budget that is due on April 1. The Alliance for Quality Education calculates that Albany owes $4.3 billion to public schools statewide, while New York City schools alone are owed $1.9 billion under the landmark Campaign for Fiscal Equity court decision. In the same speech, the governor proposed a $35 million pilot program to create 22,000 new after-school slots in high-need areas across the state, including the Bronx. Cuomo’s primary education-related initiative this year will be to offer free tuition at a state or city university in New York — including two-year community colleges — for students whose families earn $125,000 or less. “We are very pleased with what the governor has laid out on education,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said. “He is talking about substantially increasing funding for education and then advocating for programs that we know will make a difference for our students, including more after-school programs that are tied to instruction and college for all.”

Trump voucher plan would be disastrous for our schools

More than 1,200 New York City schools would lose vital federal funding should President-elect Donald Trump follow through on his campaign promise to launch a national private-school voucher plan, UFT President Michael Mulgrew warned. A UFT analysis found that more than 700,000 students across all five boroughs likely would have to deal with higher class sizes, fewer teachers and the loss of after-school programs. More than $500 million in federal Title I money that New York City public schools receive would be in jeopardy. “If the school system had to make up a $500 million loss of Title 1 funds — money that helps defray the costs of teachers, guidance counselors, aides and administrators — more than these schools would suffer,” Mulgrew said. “The damage would spread through the system, raising class sizes even in non-Title 1 schools, threatening academic enrichment programs, guidance, art and music and other services our children depend on.” Read the full story on the UFT website. For a full list of schools that would be hit hard by a loss of Title I funding, see the UFT press release. The confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate for Trump’s choice for education secretary, billionaire Betsy DeVos, was postponed until Jan. 18 to give the Office of Government Ethics more time to complete its review of her complicated finances. DeVos is an ardent supporter of voucher schemes as well as for-profit charter schools. To learn what you can do to speak out against the nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary, see the item in Political Action.

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. The UFT has long fought for social justice and civil rights, and these films challenge us to both know our legacy and to continue the struggle. Following the screening of each film, there will be a discussion. 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.

Sign up for the Women’s March in NYC on Jan. 21

Please join the hundreds of UFT members who have already signed up to participate in the Women’s March on New York City on Saturday, Jan. 21, the day following the inauguration of the new president. The Women’s March on New York City will start at 11 a.m. with a one-hour rally in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in front of the United Nations headquarters, followed by a march south on 2nd Avenue, then west on 42nd Street and up Fifth Avenue to Trump Tower. Please march with us as we send a message to our new president that we stand together in defense of human rights and in support of the principle that everyone — regardless of ethnic background, gender identify, faith or immigration status — is deserving of dignity and respect. Sign up online for the New York City march. We will send final details about our assembly location next week to those who sign up. Our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. It is crucial that the new administration hear our message loud and clear.

Encourage teachers from your school to showcase their classrooms

Have you seen a classroom in your school that’s creative, unique or innovative? Each month, the UFT newspaper publishes a photo submitted by a teacher for its Inside My Classroom feature on its New Teacher Page. We then share these photos on social media. The photos can illustrate imaginative classroom decorations (like this photo of an alphabet tree) or inventive organization and instructional techniques (like this idea for storing extra work). Encourage teachers to submit their classroom photos to uftphotos@gmail.com with caption information.

Members must submit Teacher’s Choice receipts by next Friday, Jan. 20

This Sunday, Jan. 15 is the deadline for spending Teacher’s Choice funds. Teachers and other eligible UFT members should submit their receipts, along with the Teacher’s Choice Accountability Form detailing their purchases, by Friday, Jan. 20 to their principal or payroll secretary. If you received the Teacher’s Choice funds in your paycheck in November and do not file an accountability form with required receipts by the Jan. 20 deadline, you will be obligated to refund the money to the DOE. Please remind your members about these important deadlines. For more detailed information about the Teacher’s Choice program, go to the Teacher’s Choice section of the UFT website.

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Your Chapter Leader Checklist

  • 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.
  • Right to representation: Please remind members that if they are summoned for an interview by their principal, another DOE employee or any investigatory agency that may lead to disciplinary action, they are entitled to be accompanied by a union representative (or a representative employed by the school system). Whether this interview is inside the school or out, regardless of who has summoned them to appear, the UFT generally recommends that they not answer any questions that could lead to disciplinary or legal action without proper representation. If they are summoned to an investigatory interview, they should immediately ask you as the chapter leader for assistance. When any investigator other than the principal is involved, you should immediately contact your district rep on their behalf. Your DR will provide a representative — a criminal attorney if necessary — to attend the interview with them. Remember, the question members should always ask is, “Could this interview lead to disciplinary action against me?”
  • Talk about the dangers of a constitutional convention at your next chapter meeting: At the December Delegate Assembly, UFT President Michael Mulgrew presented a series of slides to inform delegates about the question on the November 2017 ballot asking voters if New York State should hold a constitutional convention and the importance of voting “no.” Please make this same presentation to your members at your January chapter meeting. To prepare for your presentation, you can review our Q&A on the constitutional convention and read the president’s column from the current issue of the New York Teacher. By starting now the process of educating our members about the perils of a constitutional convention, we can protect our rights.
  • School-based MOSL committee selection process: Please work with your principal to convene your school-based MOSL committee and select the Measures of Student Learning (MOSLs) 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. Refer to the teacher evaluation guide for a full description of the new student learning measures. We will let you know when the deadline for submitting your school’s MOSL selections has been set.
  • 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 Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 2 and 9. 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 flierto 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.
  • Urge 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 mammography, 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 DOEoutlines the procedures for UFT members to follow when requesting these leaves.

Evaluation

Read the new Teacher Evaluation Guide: Be sure to consult the eight-page Guide to the Teacher Evaluation System that we developed to help you answer member questions on the new teacher evaluation system. Every chapter leader and delegate attending the Jan. 18 Delegate Assembly will receive a hard copy of the guide.

Political Action

Speak out against Betsy DeVos: This coming Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Senate is scheduled to hold its confirmation hearing for education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos. We want to send a clear message that day that DeVos, a billionaire fundraiser with no educational experience and a track record of fierce advocacy for vouchers and for-profit charter schools, is unfit to lead our nation’s schools. That’s why we are asking UFT members to participate in our social media thunderclap on Wednesday morning. The way it works is you sign up to have a tweet sent or Facebook post made on your behalf at the exact same time as scores of other UFT members. Just as the public is focused on DeVos and her confirmation hearing, these social media posts will declare that public school educators believe Betsy DeVos is the wrong choice.

Grievance

A new labor-management committee can help resolve class-size violations: Through a recent arbitration ruling, the UFT gained a new process to help schools with chronically oversized classes find solutions. 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 no resolution is reached for a particular school, 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: www.uft.org/safety-complaint 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 being 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 are unable to 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.

English Language Learners

Free workshop on collaboration and co-teaching: English as a New Language teachers working with content-area teachers on the co-teaching model are invited to the NYS Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages teacher institute on collaboration and co-teaching. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld. The institute will take place on Monday, Jan. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. Participants will have the opportunity to work alongside their co-teachers to learn how to plan and deliver content instruction as a team. The institute is free, but ENL teachers for this institute must attend with one or more content-area co-teachers. For more information and to register, see the event listing.

New Members

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.

Financial wellness workshops for new members: Members in their first three years on the job are encouraged to attend one of the remaining financial wellness workshops in January at the UFT borough offices in the Bronx and Staten Island. Participants will learn about budgeting, staying out of debt, saving for the future and more. Each workshop will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. For locations, see the online registration form for the Staten Islandsession on Thursday, Jan.19 or the Bronx session on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Lessons about Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The AFT Share My Lesson website has many lessons, webinars and other educational resources about Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights crusaders. The Martin Luther King, Jr. 3-day lesson activity teaches grades K-2 students about Martin Luther King Jr, takes them through the writing process and ends with the students giving a speech to the class. Fighting for a Cause is about historical figures such as Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson and Rosa Parks who stood up and fought for causes they believed in. You can find many more lessons and webinars on the Share My Lesson website.

Register now for our Middle School Conference on Feb. 4: Middle school members are invited to attend 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, some 450 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. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Register soon for our Early Childhood Education Conference on March 11: Make sure 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 workshops 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 will help them build an experiential and intellectual understanding of the power of oral storytelling in developing children’s listening, speaking and language skills. Participants can choose to attend a Thursday, Jan. 26 session at the Brooklyn UFT office, 335 Adams St., 25th floor, or a Thursday, March 16 session at the Queens UFT office, 97-77 Queens Blvd., Rego Park. Both sessions will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can register online for either the Brooklyn or Queens session. For more information, see the flier.

Opportunities

UFT’s Black History Month dinner dance: Members are invited to attend the UFT African Heritage Committee’s 14th annual Black History Month dinner dance on Friday, Feb. 3 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Antun’s, 96-43 Springfield Boulevard 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 Mary McLeod Bethune Award for Teacher Excellence will be presented to teachers Una Camaronlee (District 16) and Allen Kinard (District 14). The cost of this event is $90 per person. Participants should fill out the mail-in coupon to RSVP for this event. The RSVP deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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 teamhighschool@uft.org.

Students can learn geography while taking a virtual class trip: The UFT and EmblemHealth have teamed up to bring members Emblem’s Big Apple Adventure, an interactive online game for 3rd to 5th graders to test their knowledge of New York City geography. The game features Emblem, the Wellness Dog, who guides students through local parks, landmarks, monuments and more. Audio narration is available for English language learners. Teachers participating in Emblem’s Big Apple Adventure could win a classroom set of New York City geography books. The contest deadline is March 31. The game does not require registration or log-in. More information is available on the UFT website. Post this flier on your UFT bulletin board if you work in an elementary school.

Scholarships for labor studies: Members who are interested in pursuing labor studies at the Murphy Institute of the City University of New York are invited to apply for a Diversity Scholarship to promote diversity and excellence in union leadership and in labor studies. Recipients of this scholarship will receive up to $30,000. See the CUNY website for details about the Murphy Institute or read about the Diversity Scholarship. For more information about the scholarship, including the Feb. 6 application deadline, contact Laurie Kellogg at 212-642-2055 or at Laurie.Kellogg@cuny.edu.

Our Functional Chapters

H-Bank members must use SOLAS: Effective Jan. 1, all H-Bank members must use the Self-Service Online Leave Application System (SOLAS) to apply for medical and non-medical leaves. Paper applications will no longer be accepted. Affected UFT titles are staff nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, supervising therapists, supervisors of nurses, senior physical therapists, mental health workers, education analysts, ed officers and sign language interpreters. A number of H-Bank members have already used SOLAS to apply for leaves with great success. The process is straightforward and intuitive. Chapter leaders, please remind secretaries/timekeepers that they must verify timekeeping in SOLAS for H-Bank members as well as for pedagogues and paraprofessionals. We strongly recommend that all members forward their SOLAS confirmation email to their secretaries/timekeepers so they are aware of the pending leave.

School secretaries’ annual seminar: School secretaries are encouraged to attend the school secretaries’ annual seminar on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 2nd floor. Participants at this event will have the opportunity to network with colleagues as well as enjoy an informative presentation by a DOE representative and a workshop by a UFT representative. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Space is limited, so registration is required.

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This Week in Education and Labor News

Kentucky fast-tracks anti-labor laws: Kentucky Republicans on Jan. 7 gave final approval to right-to-work legislation and repealed the state’s prevailing wage law, reports the Huffington Post. Right-to-work laws forbid requiring all workers covered by collective bargaining to pay fees to a union. Prevailing-wage laws require that employers pay certain minimum wages on work funded by public money. Kentucky is the last holdout in the South without an anti-union right-to-work law on the books. But Republicans now have overwhelming control of both the state Senate and the House. Kentucky’s governor, Matt Bevin, is a Republican who won office in 2015.

U.S. Postal Service to withdraw from Staples: Following union-backed boycotts and an adverse labor board ruling, the U.S. Postal Service on Jan. 5 agreed to end the sale of stamps and other postal products at Staples stores, Bloomberg.com reports. The cancellation is a win for the American Postal Workers Union, which mounted a three-year, multipronged campaign against the arrangement. Union president Mark Dimondstein commented, “Had we not drawn the line in the sand and launched these protests, all Staples stores would have had full-blown post offices, not staffed by postal employees but rather Staples employees.” The American Federation of Teachers in July 2014 passed a resolution urging its members and the public not to do their back-to-school shopping at Staples.

Earnings gap between college and high school grads widens: The earnings gap between college grads and those with only a high school diploma has reached its widest point on record, reports Philly.com. Data compiled by the Economic Policy Institute indicates that college graduates earned 56 percent more than high school grads in 2015 and have captured most of the new jobs and pay gains since 2008. Non-college grads, by contrast, have faced dwindling job opportunities and an overall 3 percent decline in income.

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Events Calendar

Featured Events

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

Tuesday, Jan. 17: Occupational therapists and physical therapists are invited to meet the president at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway from 4:30 to 6 p.m. UFT representatives will also be on hand to answer any questions. Participants are asked to register online.

Tuesday, Jan. 17: The social workers and psychologists chapter meeting will be held at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th floor, room G from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, Jan. 17: Queens parents are invited to a workshop about understanding their child’s Individualized Education Program. This event will take place at the Queens UFT office, 97-77 Queens Blvd., Rego Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Child care will be provided and refreshments will be served. Participants must RSVP by emailing khernandez2@uft.org with their name, address, phone number and number of children attending. For more information, see the event listing.

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Queens elementary and middle school educators are invited to “Teaming Up for Success,” an ICT team work session from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. at the Queens UFT office, 97-77 Queens Blvd., 8th floor, Rego Park. Participants will learn about the importance of strengthening the co-teaching partnership through instructional practices and classroom and behavioral management. For more information and to register, see the event listing.

Wednesday, Jan. 18: The speech chapter executive board and general membership meeting will take place at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, room 19G from 4 to 6 p.m.  Important updates and other pertinent information concerning the chapter will be discussed. For more information and to register, see the event listing.

Wednesday, Jan. 18: The January Delegate Assembly will be held from 4:15 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 2nd floor.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Bronx-based probationary teachers are invited to a tenure informational session with the District 10 superintendent that will help educators better understand the tenure guidelines. This event will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m.at PS/MS 37, 360 West 230th Street in the Bronx. For more information and to register, see the event listing.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Staten Island-based members in years 1 to 3 are invited to a financial wellness workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Staten Island UFT office, 4456 Amboy Road. Topics will include how much you should save for retirement and how the pension plan works. For more information and to register, see the event listing.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Bronx members are invited to attend a maternity workshop at the Bronx UFT office, 2500 Halsey Street from 4 to 6 p.m. Topics will include what forms to fill out, how long a leave can be and health insurance options. Dads are welcome. For more information and to register, see the event listing.

Thursday, Jan. 19: The paraprofessional representative chapter meeting will take place from 4:15 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway.

Saturday, Jan. 21: School secretaries are encouraged to attend the school secretaries’ annual seminar from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 2nd floor. For more information and to register, see the item in Our Functional Chapters.

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.

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 uft.org/calendar.

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New on UFT.org

Video: Betsy DeVos uses money to buy influence

Our Issues: Vote ‘no’ to a state constitutional convention

Parent News: Queens Parent Newsletter – Jan. 11, 2017

Parent News: Manhattan Parent Newsletter – Jan. 11, 2017

Parent News: Bronx Parent Newsletter – Jan. 6, 2017

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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.

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.

 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. 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.

Science

  • Wednesday, Jan.18, 7:15 p.m., How You Can Cover the Regents Chemistry Curriculum with Significant Time Constraints. 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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