UFT Chapter Leader Weekly 11.18.16

This Week’s Focus

Day of Action at your schools this coming Monday, Nov. 21

We are proud to work in one of the largest and most diverse school systems in the country. Every child, regardless of ethnic background, gender identity, faith or immigration status, has the right to feel safe in our city and especially inside our schools. That’s why we are asking chapter leaders to organize a Day of Action at their schools this coming Monday, Nov. 21.  On this day, we will come together to affirm that our schools are safe havens for learning and to demonstrate our commitment to our students and their families. The DOE advises that, as always, staff should not wear or hand out buttons or leaflets that are partisan in nature to students or parents on school premises (the sidewalk in front of a school is okay) or during school hours. Take photos of members participating in the Day of Action and post them on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #UFTDayofAction. Please send your best one or two photos (large size, with captions) to uftphotos@gmail.com for our Facebook and website photo albums. Read Carmen Fariña’s message to educators about fostering tolerance in our schools.

Further guidance on new state certification requirements

Many members have inquired about whether the 80 minutes allocated for professional development on Mondays qualifies as Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours in the new state certification requirements. For the time being, this PD will only qualify as CTLE hours if it is facilitated by the UFT Teacher Center or the UFT because they are state-approved providers and will supply members with a certificate for the approved hours. See the state Education Department’s list of approved CTLE providers. During the five-year period starting on July 1, 2016, professionally certified teachers and Level III certified paraprofessionals are required to collect a total of 100 CTLE hours by a state-approved provider. Members now have to keep their own records. Encourage members to put documentation of workshops they have attended in a CTLE folder.

It’s time to get ready for the UFT toy drive for homeless children

The holidays will be here soon, and we’re asking you to help bring the joy of the season to children who currently do not have a permanent home. The UFT Elementary School Division is asking UFT members to donate an unwrapped, brand-new children’s toy (newborn to 16 years of age). Donations can be dropped off at all UFT borough offices until Monday, Dec. 5. For details, including borough office contact information, see the flier.

New agreement addresses speech teachers’ SESIS concerns

The UFT and the Department of Education on Nov. 18 signed an agreement that addresses the challenging working conditions that speech teachers have faced when documenting their work with children with speech and language delays in the Special Education Student Information System. Paving the way for New York City to receive tens of millions of dollars more in Medicaid reimbursements from the federal government, the agreement provides a pathway for the DOE to bill Medicaid for speech therapy delivered by speech teachers with speech language pathology licenses. Under the pact, these speech teachers will receive additional compensation and protection since their licenses will be attached to these Medicaid claims. The agreement also locks in additional time and provides greater access to technology for speech teachers to complete their SESIS work. “I hope this agreement puts an end to the SESIS nightmare,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew at a special chapter meeting on Nov. 14.

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Your Chapter Leader Checklist

  • The PROSE application process has begun: The PROSE Panel is now accepting applications from schools interested in becoming PROSE schools beginning in the 2017–18 school year. PROSE 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. If the members at your school are interested in participating in PROSE, then please join us at our information session on Dec. 1. Bring a team if you’d like, and bring your principal, too. You can also access a copy of the application online. The deadline for applications is March 3, 2017. For more information about the program, drop a note to PROSE@uft.org and we will follow up.
  • Dial-A-Teacher is in full swing: We look to chapter leaders to get the message out to members that homework help is available to students through Dial-A-Teacher, which provides classroom teachers who assist with homework questions. Parents and students in need of help with homework can call Dial-A-Teacher at 212-777-3380, Monday through Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. during the school year. Dial-A-Teacher can also assist parents with questions and give advice on how they can help their child at home. The staff speaks nine languages: Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese), English, French, Haitian-Creole, Russian, Slovak, Spanish and Tagalog. Please post this flier on your UFT bulletin board. For more information about Dial-A-Teacher, read the article on the UFT website.
  • Review new paperwork and Other Professional Work manual: This fall, the UFT set up new reporting procedures for chapter leaders to alert the union to issues related to paperwork and the assignment of duties during the 35 minutes allotted each week for Other Professional Work. We have now issued a Resolving Paperwork and Other Professional Work Issues Guide that details the contractual provisions being enforced and spells out the reporting process for chapter leaders. The manual is permanently housed under the Paperwork tab in the chapter leader section of the website.
  • Report Other Professional Work complaints to the UFT: In the 2014 contract, the work week was reconfigured in single-session schools to include a 35-minute block of time for Other Professional Work (OPW). The contract delineates a menu of activities that can take place during this time.  The contract states the following: “Teachers can choose from the activities listed in the contract over the course of the year. Principals can direct the teachers to an activity on the list ‘on an as-needed basis’ to improve class instruction and meet the needs of the school as outlined in its Comprehensive Education Plan.” Teachers can only be asked to work on activities that are on the list, not other things that the principal deems necessary. According to the new paperwork standards agreed to in 2015, the Other Professional Work time “shall not generate excessive or redundant paperwork or electronic work.” The DOE and the UFT have an agreement that states that “teacher’s assignments during Other Professional Work shall not cause duplicative, unreasonable or unnecessary work.” Chapter leaders can report violations of these rules using the online OPW reporting form. Chapter leaders should file the form at the same time that they are bringing the issue to the attention of the principal during the consultation process. The filing of the reporting form is the first step toward establishing a resolution. A copy of this form will automatically be sent to the chapter leader’s district representative. The form resides in the chapter leader section of the website (you must be logged in) under the Paperwork tab.
  • Report excessive paperwork to the union: The UFT has established an online reporting system than enables chapter leaders to report paperwork issues immediately. One significant source of unnecessary paperwork is the lack of curriculum in many schools. Chapter leaders who believe their members have been assigned unnecessary paperwork should fill out the online paperwork reduction reporting form (you must be logged in to access it) so we can track the number of complaints as they simultaneously reach out to the principal to resolve the issue. Only chapter leaders may use the reporting form. After filing a report, first try to resolve the issue at the school level. Consider making it an agenda item at your next UFT consultation committee meeting with the principal. The UFT and the DOE negotiated a set of five paperwork standards in May 2015 intended to reduce unnecessary paperwork. These standards stipulate that, among other concerns, educators should not be required to perform “redundant, duplicative, unnecessary or unreasonable amounts of record-keeping.” Read UFT President Michael Mulgrew’s New York Teacher column on curbing excessive paperwork.
  • Chapter Leader Training Part 2: Remember, Chapter Leader Training Part 2 will take place on Saturday, Dec 3, starting at 8 a.m., and continue through Sunday, Dec.4 at the Westchester Hilton in Rye, NY. This reminder is for chapter leaders who have already received registration confirmation.
  • PROSE meet-up in the Bronx on Nov. 30: Members of PROSE schools are encouraged to attend the meet-ups of PROSE schools in each borough. These meet-ups provide your staff with an opportunity to meet teachers and leaders at other PROSE schools; come together as a community to share ideas and experiences; and talk with members of the UFT’s PROSE team. The next meet-up will be for PROSE schools in the Bronx. It will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Bronx UFT office, 2500 Halsey St. Please register online for the meet-up.
  • Request a visit to your school from a UFT representative: Various UFT officers and representatives from UFT departments are available to visit your school and speak with members of your chapter. You may request a visit from the following UFT offices and officers: the Office of Personnel, Payroll and Special Projects, to discuss the evaluation system, school budgets, SBOs and more; the Grievance Department, to discuss contract empowerment, APPR complaints, grievances and more; the Safety and Health Department, to discuss environmental issues, school safety, incident reporting and more; the Pension Department to discuss pensions and Tax Deferred Annuities; the Welfare Fund, to discuss supplemental health benefits and more; Vice President for Education Evelyn De Jesus, to discuss support for English language learners, professional development, mentoring and more; the Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds, to discuss issues involving high schools; Vice President for Middle Schools Richard Mantell, to discuss issues involving middle schools; Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford, to discuss issues involving elementary schools; and Vice President for Career and Technical Education High Schools Sterling Roberson, to discuss issues involving CTE schools.
  • 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

DOE aligns city teaching licenses with state certification: Chapter leaders should be aware that the Department of Education has expanded the grade-level boundaries for a number of teaching licenses in order to ensure that city licenses align with state certificates. It’s important that our members understand that these changes will have no impact on seniority or completion of probation status for teachers serving in the affected licenses nor will there be any effect on excessing or other personnel decisions made prior to the date of the change. Effective Nov. 1, separate junior and senior high school licenses will be replaced by a single secondary license, similar to the grades 7-12 state certificates. This means that mathematics, English, and social studies teachers will have a single secondary license. ESL and physical education teachers will now each have a single license for all grades K-12. (Elementary school teachers who do not have a physical education license or certificate but who are currently teaching physical education, such as teachers with common-branch certification, may continue to teach physical education in accordance with state regulations.) This change will make transferring to a new school easier in a number of circumstances. For example, a high school ELA teacher will now be able to teach ELA in a middle school without having to serve a new probationary period. The DOE is sending emails directly to all active teachers in these license areas notifying them of the changes. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Arundell at aarundell@uft.org.

Schools to receive funding to hire teachers in ATR pool: The DOE has released a plan to give school leaders an incentive to hire teachers in the ATR pool. Effective immediately, schools that hire centrally funded excessed teachers on a regular, permanent (not provisional) basis during the 2016–17 school year will be eligible for a three-year allocation to subsidize the cost of the teacher to the school. The subsidy will cover the teacher’s entire salary for the first year, 50 percent the following year and 25 percent the third year. Beginning in the fourth year, the school will be responsible for the teacher’s full salary.

Health and Safety

ZocDoc lets members manage medical appointments online: Tell your members that they can now use the online service ZocDoc to find doctors and make appointments. The service allows users to quickly find nearby doctors in their network by name, city, specialty, insurance, practice, procedure, hospital or language. It also lets users browse patient reviews for each doctor. Members can sign up on the ZocDoc website or use the Zocdoc app for iPhone and Android devices. For more information, see the article on the UFT website.

Privacy breach at EmblemHealth: EmblemHealth has experienced a privacy breach which has affected only Medicare Part D subscribers’ accounts. The company is still investigating the details of the privacy breach and official notification will take place once the investigation has been completed. EmblemHealth will be notifying approximately 81,000 members of the privacy breach and, as a precaution, will be providing the affected members with a credit-monitoring service and a dedicated helpline for the next two years as well as $1 million of identity-theft insurance. Once the investigation has been completed, EmblemHealth will provide an official response with more details.

Sepsis is a hidden killer: Sepsis is an often fatal, toxic response to infection by the body’s own normal immune system. It kills 4,400 American children every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Early treatment saves lives. UFT Vice President Anne Goldman, the head of the Federation of Nurses/UFT and herself a nurse, is leading the union’s effort to alert UFT members and parents about the dangers of sepsis. Sepsis is triggered by an infection from a simple cut, scrape, burn or bug bite that can quickly spiral out of control. Sepsis develops when the body mounts an overwhelming attack against this infection that can cause inflammation in the entire body and eventually leads to plummeting blood pressure and organ failure. It is called a “hidden killer” because people are not aware of the symptoms and it is often misdiagnosed even in hospitals. Time matters in treating it. When recognized in its early stages, sepsis is easily treated with an inexpensive antibiotic. For more information, see the article on the UFT website.

Special Education

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

FAQ spells out special ed and ICT requirements: Special education teachers and related-service providers see firsthand that many students with disabilities are not getting 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 in your school, 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.

New Members

Review your records with care: Be sure to carefully review and save the email you received from the DOE’s Department of Human Resources, which records all your current information concerning your New York City license/appointment and New York State certification. Most importantly, check that it is accurate. If not, be sure to follow the DOE’s instructions right away to correct any errors in the record.

Professional Learning Opportunities

2016 DOE P-credit courses: The DOE After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP) offers teachers the opportunity to take high-quality, low-cost P-credit courses that can be applied to their salary differential as well as the New York State requirement of 100 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). All courses are aligned with the Common Core standards and the Danielson Framework for Teaching. The courses are offered online and in-person. Choose from over 130 courses covering a variety of content and pedagogy. These courses are taught by DOE instructors as well as nonprofit organizations and cultural institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, Berklee College of Music and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. For course information and to register, see the ASPDP website. For more information, email the DOE’s After School Professional Development Program at ASPDP@schools.nyc.gov. To receive regular updates, join the ASPDP email list.

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

Fall UFT middle school workshops: Middle school educators are invited to attend workshops throughout the fall. Download the mail-in coupon for workshop dates and locations.

Fall UFT high school workshops: High school educators are invited to attend workshops throughout the fall to expand their knowledge of instruction, assessment and technology. The $10 registration fee for each workshop is refundable only if a workshop is canceled. See the Events Calendar below for workshops that will be held this week. Participants can register online on the UFT website. For full course descriptions and to print out the mail-in registration coupon, see the high school workshops fall 2016 brochure.


Middle School workshop on contract provisions: All middle school teachers are invited to a workshop to raise awareness of our many contractual rights, including the 2015 paperwork standards and the reporting and resolution process for paperwork issues. This event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th floor, room F. Participants should RSVP to Adelina Santiago at asantiago@uft.org or call 212-598-6839.

Central Brooklyn MLK Commission student contest: Brooklyn teachers should urge their students to enter the 32nd annual Martin Luther King Art, Essay & Poetry Contest. The contest is open to students in grades 4 through 12 who either live in Brooklyn or go to school in Brooklyn. This is their opportunity to be heard on the 2016 presidential election and present art or written work depicting what Dr. King would say and do about the election. Sponsored by the Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Commission, the deadline for this year’s contest is Wednesday, Nov. 23. For more information and to apply for the contest, see the Commission’s website or call 347-599-2061.

Brooklyn budget workshop: Brooklyn-based chapter leaders and members who would like to learn more about how their school budget works are invited to attend a UFT workshop on Thursday, Dec. 8 between 4:15 and 6:30 p.m. at the UFT Brooklyn borough office, located at 335 Adams Street. The workshop will be held on the 25th floor in rooms A, B and C. For more information, please contact the Brooklyn borough office at 718-852-4900.

Celebrate Kwanzaa: All members are invited to learn about Kwanzaa and experience its joy at the African Heritage Committee’s annual Kwanzaa celebration on Thursday, Dec. 15 at UFT headquarters, 3rd floor from 5 to 7 p.m. This event will feature door prizes and a light dinner. The registration fee is $30. For more information and to register, see the event listing. The registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 9.

Nominate a teacher for a Big Apple Award: Do you know a teacher whom you admire, who goes above and beyond contributing to your school community, or who inspires students in the classroom? The Big Apple Awards are New York City’s opportunity to recognize and celebrate some of the city’s finest teachers. This year 200-plus teachers will be named district finalists, have the opportunity to interview and/or open their classrooms to their superintendent teams, and be invited to join the citywide Teacher Excellence Network. Big Apple recipients are celebrated as examples of teaching excellence and will spend the 2017–18 school year representing teachers citywide as members of the Chancellor’s Teacher Advisory Group. Use this form to nominate a teacher. The nomination deadline is Friday, Dec. 9.

Scholarships for labor studies:  Members who are interested in pursuing labor studies at the Murphy Institute at the City University of New York are invited to apply for a 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. Applicants must attend an open house and scholarship-review session. For information about the scholarship, including the application deadline, and to RSVP for an open house and scholarship-review session, contact Laurie Kellogg at 212-642-2055 or at Laurie.Kellogg@cuny.edu.

Teaching and Learning

Lessons about the election: Many educators have reported that post-election waves of fear and tension are being felt in their schools. The AFT’s Share My Lesson website has lessons and resources to promote dialogue on how to build a positive school environment. For middle and high school students, “Let’s Talk About the Election” provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their thoughts and feelings about an election campaign that was characterized by strong emotions, controversy and a great deal of negativity, bigotry and hate-filled rhetoric. In the Global Oneness Project, students read a short article, “Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy,” and discuss the values and efforts that contribute to a healthy democracy. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. You can find many more lessons and webinars on the Share My Lesson website.

Free conference tomorrow for early childhood educators: Early childhood teachers are invited to attend a free all-day conference presented by the UFT Teacher Center. “I Think I Can! Creating a Classroom of Independent Learners” will take place on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. During this conference, participants will learn about authentic and developmentally appropriate early childhood practices that are also academically rigorous; examine the impact of speaking and listening strategies that help develop language and early literacy; and design learning tasks that foster independence for a variety of young learners. Online registration is required. Participants are encouraged to register ASAP.

Our Functional Chapters

2016 outstanding paraprofessional awards: Members are encouraged to honor a paraprofessional who has made outstanding contributions to his or her school, community and union. These activities can include community involvement in church, youth groups, volunteer work or any union-related activities such as phone banks, rallies or political action. Any member can submit a nomination; however, paraprofessionals cannot nominate themselves. The nomination deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 22. For more information and to submit a nomination, download the mail-in form.

Encourage paras to join the pension system: Paraprofessionals are eligible to join the pension system; however, membership in TRS for paraprofessionals is not mandatory. Paras must contact TRS at 888-869-2877 and ask for an enrollment application. Substitute paraprofessionals may join the Board of Education Retirement System (BERS) by calling 718-935-5400.

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This Week in Education and Labor News

Massachusetts students protest potential deportations: College students in Massachusetts this week joined a national walkout calling on their schools to protect undocumented immigrants on campus from federal deportation efforts proposed by president-elect Donald Trump, reports the Boston Globe. Organized under the hashtag #SanctuaryCampus, students initiated petitions and rallies seeking assurances that classmates who are undocumented immigrants would not be deported. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said he would “work hard” to protect sanctuary cities from any retribution, such as the cutting off of federal funding, which Trump had pledged to do if elected.

California brings back bilingual education: Public schools in California will have more power to develop their own bilingual and multilingual programs after voters on Election Day approved a measure repealing English-only instruction across the state, reports the Los Angeles Times. Proposition 58 overhauls key parts of a 1998 state law that requires students to take classes taught only English, unless parents sign a waiver requesting otherwise. But it preserves a portion of the statute mandating that all students become proficient in English, no matter what program they choose. Supporters of the measure lauded its approval, saying the bureaucratic red tape around multilingual education is harmful to students in a global economy, where the most sought-after employees speak more than one language.

No receivership for Georgia schools: Georgia voters demanded local control in an Election Day referendum that would have allowed the state to take over the lowest-performing schools, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Six out of ten votes cast on Amendment 1 opposed the constitutional amendment. Opponents criticized the amendment as a vague proposal that brought no new resources to struggling schools.

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Events Calendar

This Week

Saturday, Nov. 19: Day 2 of the Federation of Nurses/UFT’s two-day professional issues conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Westin at Grand Central Station, 212 E. 42nd St. The topic will be “Today’s Health Care Challenges.” This annual conference is a great opportunity to learn about new trends and best practices and to develop skills as nurse leaders. For more information, see the flier.

Saturday, Nov. 19: The Queens Parent Conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Ave., Flushing. Queens parents, grandparents and education activists are invited to a day of workshops, networking and more. For more information, see the event listing.

Monday, Nov. 21: District 16 probationary teachers are invited to a workshop to help prepare for the tenure process. This event will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at PS 26, 1-14 Lafayette St. Superintendent Rahesha Amon will join to discuss the best evidence of teacher practice and student learning and to answer participants’ questions. Light refreshments will be served. See the event listingfor details and to register.

Monday, Nov. 21: The UFT Manhattan borough office political team, the New York City Central Labor Council and the Manhattan Borough President’s Office will host their annual community board training. This event will be held at the Manhattan UFT office, 52 Broadway, 10th floor, conference rooms A and B from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Participants should RSVP to brein@uft.org with their name, telephone number, school and district from a non-DOE email address. Dinner will be served. Participants may invite their members and activists. For more information, contact Briget Rein at 212-598-6800.

Tuesday, Nov. 22: The monthly paraprofessionals chapter meeting will take place from 4:15 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway.

Tuesday, Nov. 22: The UFT Teacher Center presentsIgniting Writing Instruction to Enhance Student Comprehension and Engagement,” an interactive professional learning session that will focus on strategies to sustain student engagement in the writing process and examine how knowledge of the three text types supports the writing process. This event will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Manhattan UFT office, 52 Broadway, 10th floor. Light refreshments will be served. Participants should RSVP to RPena@uft.org  with their name, telephone number, school and district from a non-DOE email address. For more information, contact Dolores Lozupone at 212-598-6800 or see the event listing.

Tuesday, Nov. 22: The social workers and psychologists’ chapter executive board meeting will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 50 Broadway, 2nd floor, room B.

Save the Date

Thursday, Dec. 15: All members are invited to celebrate Kwanzaa with the UFT. This event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 3rd floor. For more information and to register, see the item in Opportunities or see the event listing.

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

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New on UFT.org

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Photo Gallery: New Member Meet-and-Greet 2016 for Manhattan

Photo Gallery: Lead Teacher Assistant Meet-and-Greet

Photo Gallery: NYC Association of Foreign Language Teachers Professional Conference 2016

Parent News: Queens Parent Newsletter – Nov. 16, 2016

Parent News: Brooklyn Parent Newsletter – Nov. 16, 2016

Parent News: Manhattan Parent Newsletter – Nov. 14, 2016

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Professional Committees

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

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

  • Applications are currently being accepted for the Bernard Cohen Award. For more information and to apply, see the award application.
  • 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.

ELAC/UFT (English Language Arts Council)

  • Thursday, Dec. 15, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., “27th Annual Vic’s Picks: Must Sees of the Season.” For more information, see the flier.

Humane Education

  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Animal Tales: Inspiring ‘Service Learning.’”

NYC Music Teachers Association/UFT

  • Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., “A Complete Tune-Up of Your Conducting Technique.” For more information, see the flier.
  • Saturday, Jan. 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Teaching Music in the Cloud.”

NYC Art Teachers Association

  • Inside/Outside Exhibit Submission. For more information, see the flier.

Per Diem

  • Thursday, Dec. 8, 4 to 6 p.m., “Smart Board Training Workshop 1.0.”


  • Friday, Dec. 16, 7:15 p.m., “Communicating Science in Action: Fruit Flies are People, Too.”

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Editor: Peter O’Donnell

Executive Editor: Bernadette Weeks

Contributors include: Karen Alford, George Altomare, Carmen Alvarez, Amy Arundell, LeRoy Barr, Tom Brown, Joseph Colletti, Rita Danis, Crystal Deoraj, Paul Egan, Anthony Harmon, Sarah Herman, Janella Hinds, Rick King, Charles Lobello, Richard Mantell, Samantha Mark, Ebony Martin, Deidre McFadyen, Arthur Pepper, Debra Poulos, Jeffrey Povalitis, Ellen Procida, Tina Puccio, Adam Ross, Christine Rowland, Nanette Sanchez-Rosario, Howard Schoor, Michael Sill and Shelvy Young-Abrams.


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