UFT Chapter Leader Weekly 10.28.16

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Photo of the Week This Week in Education and Labor News
This Week’s Focus Events Calendar
Your Chapter Leader Checklist New on UFT.org
Tell Your Members Professional Committees
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WELCOME INTO THE FOLD: Annie Tan, a first-year special education teacher at PS 506 in Brooklyn, gets information on mentoring during the new member meet-and-greet in Brooklyn on Oct. 26.

This Week’s Focus

Volunteer to make phone calls for Hillary

About 100 UFT members boarded buses early in the morning this past Saturday to go to the battleground state of Pennsylvania to campaign for Hillary Clinton. In partnership with the AFT and its local affiliate, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, UFT members went door to door in the suburbs of Philadelphia to get out the vote for Clinton, who is the best candidate on labor and education issues. The effort resulted in hundreds of doors knocked and voters contacted. Watch the video. See the photosin the UFT Facebook post. Back in New York, the UFT continues to host after-school phone banks, where members are calling voters in the key states of Pennsylvania, Florida and Nevada to encourage them to vote for Clinton and candidates for Congress who support public schools.  The borough office phone banks are running from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday next week as well as on Monday, Nov. 7 and on Election Day. Fill out this online form to sign up to volunteer on particular days. You can also make calls from the comfort of your own home. Register here to participate in a virtual phone bank for Hillary Clinton.

Survey finds widespread lack of curriculum in core subjects

More than a third of all New York City public schools are lacking curriculum in at least one core subject, according to our survey of chapter leaders. Of the 940 chapter leaders who filled out the survey, 338 reported that not all teachers in their school have yearlong or semester-long curriculum in math, social studies, English language arts, science and foreign languages. “This survey has confirmed the magnitude of the problem,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew, who launched the survey at the Sept. 14 citywide chapter leader meeting. “We now have the data that shows without question that the Department of Education is failing to meet its obligations to our students and teachers.” Union officials presented the survey findings and called for action to be taken to remedy the problem at a consultation meeting with Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña in early October. Read the news story in the latest New York Teacher, arriving in mailboxes this week.

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. See the items below in Your Chapter Leader Checklist for more details.

Last chance to get your ticket for Teacher Union Day

The deadline to register and celebrate the history of the UFT at our annual Teacher Union Day has been extended to Tuesday, Nov. 1. This year on Sunday, Nov. 6, the union will present special Innovation in Education awards to a PROSE school, a Positive Learning Collaborative School, a Community Learning School and a school with a dedicated team of teacher leaders. We encourage chapter leaders to bring their members and join us at the New York Hilton as we honor our colleagues.See the names of this year’s award-recipients in the New York Teacher story.  Remember we will be using the hashtag #TeacherUnionDay and posting live from the event on Twitter and Instagram. This event includes a continental breakfast, awards ceremony, luncheon and reception. There is a $50 fee to attend. To begin the registration process, fill out the online form.

Donate new coats or winter gear for homeless students

Help take the chill out of winter for homeless students in our city’s schools by donating new winter gear in the third annual clothing drive organized by the UFT Middle School Division and the Coalition for the Homeless. Please consider organizing a drive in your school to collect new winter coats and accessories, such as sweaters, scarves, mittens, gloves and hats. Emphasize that we can only accept new articles of clothing. The garments may range in size from toddler to adult. You can bring your school’s donations to the Nov. 9 Delegate Assembly or drop them off at your UFT borough office or at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 14th floor. In the case of large donations, please email Adriana O’Hagan at AOhagan@uft.org to arrange for a pickup. All donations must be received by Nov. 15.For more information, contact Adelina Santiago at Asantiago@uft.org. Post this flier about the winter coat drive on your UFT bulletin board.

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Your Chapter Leader Checklist

  • Chapter Leader Training Part 2: Registration is now open for Chapter Leader TrainingPart 2. This two-day training is for new chapter leaders and chapter leaders who have not attended Part 2 in 10 years. This training 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. You can attend Part 2 even if you did not attend Part 1. The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 11. Use this online registration form to sign up.
  • Schools must file safety plans by Monday, Oct. 31: The final deadline for your school to file its school safety plan is this Monday, Oct. 31. Be sure to update your members about any changes to the plan this year and let them know that a hard copy of the plan is available from the school administration upon request.
  • Report other professional work complaints to the UFT: In the 2014 UFT-DOE contract, the work week was reconfigured in single-session schools to include a 35-minute block of time for Other Professional Work (OPW). The UFT-DOE 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.
  • PROSE meet-ups are underway: 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.
  • Tell members about 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. The fall 2016 series of counseling sessions will all be held on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 50 Broadway. The remaining dates are Nov. 3, 10 and 17. For details and registration information, email MAPinfo@uft.org or call 212-701-9620. Registration is limited. Post this flier on your UFT bulletin board.
  • 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 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


Last chance to file appeals for Ineffective ratings: For teachers who received a year-end rating of Ineffective for the 2015–16 school year, there is a process to appeal the rating. Regardless of the reason members believe their rating is unfair, the first steps they should take are the same: Call the UFT borough office to make an appointment by Tuesday, Nov. 1 to file the appeal. At that time, a UFT representative will guide them through the steps to take prior to the appointment. To prepare for the appointment and appeal, members should be proactive and organized. They must submit the specific, detailed reasons for the appeal as well as all of the documents they plan to use to support their arguments. The UFT has posted online a checklist of materials to gather in preparation for the appeal. These include Overall Rating Report, Observation Reports, Learning Measure results, documents related to the Teacher Improvement Plan (TIP), if applicable, and any other documents that they believe are pertinent.


Reminder about secondary school programming: Middle school and high school teachers should be aware that they should not be scheduled for more than three consecutive teaching periods. Based on precedent, block periods (double periods) of ELA and math scheduled back to back are considered four consecutive teaching periods in a row and therefore are improper.


Understanding the new state certification requirements : 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 professional development hours, now called Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours, by a state-approved provider such as the UFT Teacher Center. Members now have to keep their own records. Members should put documentation of workshops they have attended in a CTLE folder. Permanently certified teachers, professionally certified teachers and Level III certified paraprofessionals are also required to register with the State Education Department in the month of their birth.  The State Education Department has published this step-by-step guide on the registration process. For more information about the new certification requirements, you can read the information on the UFT website  and review the chart designed by the UFT certification staff  for specific details on how the certification changes affect your members.  Please note: Teachers who hold Initial, Transitional A, Transitional B, Internship or Conditional Initial certificates and paraprofessionals who hold Level I or Level II Teaching Assistant certificates DO NOT need to register. Members with a professional or Level III teaching certificate issued after July 1, 2016 were registered automatically.

Political Action

Thank the NAACP for its stance on charter schools: Under heavy pressure from corporate education reformers to shift its position, the NAACP national board stood firm on Oct. 15 in calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion until charter schools are subject to the same standards and educate the same range of students as public schools. Please sign the petition expressing your appreciation to the NAACP. The UFT Delegate Assembly has approved a resolution in support of the NAACP’s principled stance for equity and opportunity for all children. The union resolution points to DOE data showing that charter schools in New York City do not accept or keep the same number of students with disabilities, homeless children or English language learners as public schools. Moreover, charters account for 42 percent of the city’s suspensions, even though they educate a mere 7 percent of the students. Read the UFT resolution on the UFT website. You can also read the NAACP statementthat details the problems that it sees in the charter sector.

Know your polling site: Make sure your members know where their polling site is for the Nov. 8 elections. To find out where your polling place is and who’s on the ballot in New York, see the Voting NYC website.

Health and Safety

Privacy breach at EmblemHealth: EmblemHealth has experienced a privacy breach of some members’ 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.

Discounted rates for Weight Watchers: UFT members covered by GHI-CBP or HIP HMO and their dependents, as well as their spouses or domestic partners, can now participate in the Weight Watchers program for 50 percent off. For just $7 a month, members can enroll in Weight Watchers OnlinePlus, which entitles them to 24/7 expert chat support, digital tools and mobile apps, the Weight Watchers Connect social platform and activity device syncing. With the Meetings option for only $15 a month, members also can take advantage of confidential weigh-ins, at-work meetings where available, unlimited community meetings and guidance from a Weight Watchers leader. For more information, see the article on the UFT website.

Health care is just a phone call away: UFT members who are GHI subscribers can now take advantage of telemedicine, a new benefit which provides online consultations with doctors, dieticians, nutritionists and other providers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Telemedicine uses two-way video, email, smartphones, wireless tools and other forms of technology, eliminating unnecessary visits to the emergency room, urgent care or retail clinics. The copay for GHI subscribers is $15, which is the same as the copay for visiting a GHI primary-care physician. For more information and to sign up, see the article on the UFT website.

Special Education

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.

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. The registration deadline for many of these courses is Friday, Nov. 4. 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. Check out the DOE’s course catalogue and then register for a course today. For more information, email the DOE’s After School Professional Development Program atASPDP@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.


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.

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 will have the chance to win a classroom set of New York City geography books. The deadline date for entering the contest is March 31, 2017.  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.

Community Service

UFT toy drive is underway: The UFT Elementary School Division is seeking member support to bring the joy of the holiday season to children who currently do not have a permanent home. We are asking 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.

Teaching and Learning

Free conference 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.

Veterans Day-themed lessons: AFT’s Share My Lesson website offers new ways to teach students about the meaning of Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The site includes K–12 resources that explore ways to turn the event into a community action day. For elementary teachers, there is a toolkit fromSesame Street to help the kids of military families get through challenging transitions, including deployment, homecomings, physical and emotional injuries and grief. High school teachers can share a personal point of view with students through an emotionally touching animation from StoryCorps of a specialist and his unlikely friendship with two Iraqi boys. You can find many more lessons, PowerPoints and webinars on the Share My Lesson website.

Deadline to submit your comments on new state standards for math and English language arts:The New York State Education Department has released a draft of new learning standards for math and English language arts. Members are invited to review the standards and submit comments. Public comments will be accepted until Monday, Nov. 14. For more information and to post comments, see the New York State Education Department website.

Our Functional Chapters

Psychologists Awareness Day workshop:  School psychologists are encouraged to attend the first Psychologists Awareness Day workshop, which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. The professional development will include interpretation and better understanding of a cognitive assessment as well as mindfulness training techniques. Principals are encouraged to release psychologists from school for this important day of learning. For a full agenda and information on workshop facilitators, see the workshop program.

School secretary workshop: Brooklyn school secretaries from Districts 13, 14, 15, 17 and 23 are invited to a workshop to learn helpful information while networking with UFT leadership and colleagues. This event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Brooklyn UFT office, 335 Adams St., 25th floor. For details, see the flier.

New secretary meet and greet: New school secretaries are invited to a meet and greet on Monday, Nov. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th floor. Participants will have the opportunity to network as well as learn more about member resources and benefits. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be some door prizes. Space is limited. Online registration is required.

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

Harvard strike ends in contract vote: Food service workers at Harvard University on Oct. 19 ended the school’s first strike in 33 years, voting in favor of a new five-year contract, reports the Washington Post. The university has agreed to increase dining hall workers’ wages from $33,800 to $35,000 a year, with additional compensation for the summer months, when most of the workers are furloughed. An estimated 600 Harvard students walked out of class in support of the food service workers on Oct. 17, with at least 250 of them staging a sit-in at the administration building where negotiations were being held.

School bus drivers vote to strike: School bus drivers at two companies serving Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island schools that transport thousands of students across 600 routes have voted to strike next week, reports the Staten Island Advance. Teamsters Local 553 members voted on Oct. 19 to authorize a strike that could begin on Nov. 1, the day after the current contract extension expires. According to the union, bus drivers and attendants, many of whom are paid minimum wage, are being asked to pay more out of pocket for health care. Almost 900 drivers or about 85 percent of the bus employees voted to strike.

Judge rejects tenure law challenge in Minnesota: A Ramsey County judge on Oct. 19 dismissed a lawsuit challenging Minnesota teacher tenure laws, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The suit, filed in April by national and local education reform groups, argued that state laws shield veteran teachers from layoffs even when they perform poorly. The judge dismissed the case on the grounds that it failed to establish a link between low academic achievement and the due process provided by the tenure laws.

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Events Calendar

Featured Events

Sunday, Nov. 6: The UFT is holding its Teacher Union Day celebration at the New York Hilton. The registration deadline has been extended. For those of you on Twitter and Instagram, we will be using the hashtag #TeacherUnionDay on the day of the event. Find out this year’s award-winners. For more information and to register, see the item in This Week’s Focus.

This Week

Saturday, Oct. 29: The UFT is holding its inaugural English language learners’ conference, “ELL Raising,” with keynote addresses from Chancellor Betty Rosa of the New York State Board of Regents and Santiago Wood, the National Executive Director of the National Association for Bilingual Education. There will also be many workshops, for which participants will receive five hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit. Registration has closed.

Monday, Oct. 31: The monthly meeting of the paraprofessional representative chapter will take place at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 1: Members in the ATR pool are invited to attend an informational meeting from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn UFT office, 335 Adams Street. For more information, see the item in Salary and Personnel.

Wednesday, Nov. 2: Staten Island members are invited to attend a maternity and child care leave workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Staten Island UFT office, 4456 Amboy Road. Participants will learn their rights concerning maternity, childcare and FMLA leaves. For more information and to register, see the event listing.

Wednesday, Nov. 2: High school teachers and paraprofessionals are invited to attend the workshop“Creating a Classroom Team — Paraprofessionals and Teachers Working Together.” This event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. For more information and to register, see the item in Professional Learning Opportunities.

Wednesday, Nov. 2: New teachers are invited to “New Teacher Support and Informational Group: Licensing, Tenure and Certification,” a workshop that is part of to a series of new teacher workshops and informational groups. This event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th floor, room G. Refreshments will be served. Registration has closed.

Wednesday, Nov. 2: Staten Island paraprofessionals are invited to the paraprofessional pension clinic from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Staten Island UFT office, 4456 Amboy Road. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding pension and TDA. Representatives from the Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York will be on hand to answer all questions. Light refreshments will be served. For more information and to register, see the event listing.

Wednesday, Nov. 2: Bronx middle school educators are invited to the workshop “How Boys Learn: Engaging the Disengaged Middle School Male.” This event will be held from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. at the Bronx UFT office, 2500 Halsey Street. Participants will receive valuable resources, practice numerous strategies and take part in an eye-opening research-based discussion on how to engage the disengaged middle school male. The registration fee is $10. For more information and to register, see the event listing.

Wednesday, Nov. 2: The executive board meeting of the occupational therapists/physical therapists chapter will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 50 Broadway, 2nd floor, room B.

Thursday, Nov. 3: Members in the ATR pool are invited to attend an informational meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bronx UFT office, 2500 Halsey St.. For more information, see the item in Salary and Personnel.

Thursday, Nov. 3: School Psychologist Awareness Day will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 16th floor. For more information, see the item in Our Functional Chapters.

Thursday, Nov. 3: High school teachers are invited to the workshop “Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques,” from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. For more information and to register, see the item in Professional Learning Opportunities.

Thursday, Nov. 3: Bronx educators are invited to the workshop “Social and Emotional Learning: Understanding Behavior and Strategizing for Success.” This event will be held from 4:15 to 6:15 pm. at the Bronx UFT office, 2500 Halsey St. Participants will explore the underlying causes of student off-task and challenging behavior, as well as learn strategies to meet their social and emotional needs. They will also learn proven methods for establishing and monitoring routines to maximize learning in the classroom. The registration fee is $10.

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

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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 at1-212-598-7772 or visit us online.

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.” See the flier for more information.

Humane Education

  • Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Webinar: “Cultivate a Kind World.” For more information, see the flier.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Animal Tales: Inspiring ‘Service Learning.’”

Math Teachers

  • Saturday, Nov. 5, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., “TI-Solutions for Common Core Algebra 1.” This event will be held at the UFT Brooklyn borough office.

NYCAFLT/UFT (NYC Assn. of Foreign Language Teachers)

  • Saturday, Nov. 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., NYCAFLT Fall Conference.

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.”

Per Diem

  • Thursday, Nov. 17, 4 to 6 p.m., “Supporting Students with Critical Reading and Writing Strategies Outcomes.”
  • Thursday, Dec. 8, 4 to 6 p.m., “Smart Board Training Workshop 1.0.”


  • Friday, Nov. 18, 7:15 p.m., “The Discovery of Gravitational Waves from Colliding Black Holes.”
  • 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, Amy Arundell, LeRoy Barr, Tom Brown, Joseph Colletti, Rita Danis, Crystal Deoraj, Paul Egan, Anthony Harmon, Sarah Herman, Janella Hinds, Charles Lobello, Richard Mantell, Samantha Mark, Ebony Martin, Deidre McFadyen, Arthur Pepper, Debra Poulos, Jeffrey Povalitis, Ellen Procida, Tina Puccio, Nadine Reis, Adam Ross, Christine Rowland, Nanette Sanchez-Rosario, Howard Schoor, Michael Sill and Shelvy Young-Abrams.

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