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NYC Men Teach’s spring symposium

‘Further together’

Barr speaks about the importance of diversifying the city’s teaching staff. Miller Photography

Barr speaks about the importance of diversifying the city’s teaching staff.

More than 70 new teachers and teaching candidates were on hand for the third in a series of quarterly symposiums sponsored by NYC Men Teach, a Department of Education program to recruit more men of color committed to teaching a diverse urban student population. The April 14 spring event at UFT headquarters was called Further Together, an African proverb that says to go fast, go alone, but to go far, go together. It brought participants together to provide support and workshops on a range of teaching techniques and practices. One workshop offered an innovative approach to teaching science by using hip-hop and another outlined ways to initiate classroom conversations about gender and race. In his welcoming remarks, UFT Staff Director LeRoy Barr noted the union’s continued partnership with NYC Men Teach and pointed out, “We are on our way to more than doubling our goal of adding 1,000 men of color to this year’s teaching staff.” A veteran teacher who is new to 3rd grade, Kirk Brown of PS 163 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, said he liked the hands-on nature of the workshops. For Tony Jackson of the HS for Sports Management in Gravesend, Brooklyn, the workshop on restorative justice underscored the need “for more effort in building up students with discipline issues.” 

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