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State AFL-CIO fundraising event

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Unions pledge aid to stricken 9/11 first responders

State AFL-CIO fundraising event 1Miller photographyMulgrew greets guests as Hughes, the evening's emcee, looks on. The more than 3,000 who died following the Sept. 11 attacks weren’t the only victims. There were thousands more, chiefly first responders, construction crews and residents who were stricken with illnesses from inhaled toxic particulates. It took a fight by concerned citizens, including the city’s labor unions, to win congressional approval for the Zagroda 9/11 Health & Compensation Act of 2010 to aid those injured in the rescue attempt on Sept. 11, 2001 and the toxic cleanup afterward. On Sept.

Association of Teachers of Social Studies’ Professional Development Institute

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Integrating the new Learning Standards

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ATSS/UFT President Ollie Fields-Thacker (right) with PS 284, Brooklyn, teachers (from left) Jacqueline Reid and Tessil Hobson

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Robert Williams of MS 301 in the Bronx and Joan Casey of Frederick Douglass Academy in Brooklyn with Rozella Kirchgaessner (right), the immediate past president of the ATSS/UFT.

With an eye toward complying with regulations requiring that social studies teaching be aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards in English language arts and math, some 25 teachers from elementary, middle and high schools attended the Association of Teachers of Social Studies’ Professional Development Institute at UFT headquarters for three days of workshops beginning July 21.

Annual Kids Who Cook event

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Tasty treats and scholarships on menu

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Parent Michael Preston (left) and restaurant proprietor Leon Ellis (right), a scholarship sponsor, with (from second left) scholarship winner Parris Louis, Burton-Myrick, winners Naja Green and Isaiah Coward, PS 75 Chapter Leader and Black Caucus co-chair Lisa Wilson and winner Samari Jackson-Preston.

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Aracelia Cook, school secretary and chapter leader at PS 677 in Brooklyn, looks on proudly as young students serve parent Shiniqua Levine (right).

The food was great and spirits were high at the Kids Who Cook 5th annual scholarship fundraising event on June 26 at PS 154 in Harlem. Elementary through 12th grade students and past scholarship recipients who took part in the program, which featured singing, dancing and instrumental musical performances, brought pot-luck dishes of their own making for a Sunday dinner enjoyed by the community, teachers, parents, family and friends. The AFT Black Caucus’ New York State chapter, which sponsors the event, announced scholarship awards to five deserving college-bound high school seniors.

UFT Career and Technical Education Summer Institute

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Learning to help students become college- and career-ready

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Melissa Marks-Brown (right) of PS 171, Manhattan, discusses what she hopes her graduating students will know in English language arts and mathematics with colleagues (counterclockwise from top) Homesh Lakenauth of Thomas Edison HS, Jeremy Zamora of Automotive HS, Ivana Nunez of Transit Tech HS, Elvis Reyes of Thomas Edison HS and Wandy Chang of City Polytechnic HS.

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As they work on an introductory exercise, chemistry teacher Denise Cooper (right) confers with colleagues from Gompers CTE HS including (from second right) Chapter Leader Helen Rodney, who teaches math, Debbie Ardinez, who teaches physics, and Fort Hamilton HS English as a Second Language teacher Christine Kawar.

Teams of teachers from career and technical education high schools and academic high schools with CTE programs throughout the city attended a three-day CTE Summer Institute starting July 26 to learn how to align their curriculum with the New York State Pre-K-12 Common Core Learning Standards and to integrate CTE instruction with academic coursework.

The program, at UFT headquarters, was jointly sponsored by the UFT’s Teacher Center, which provided the instructors, and the union’s Career and Technical Education Department.

Selective Corporate Internship Program

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UFT sponsors skills-building summer internships

Micah Landau

Among the school system’s successful Career and Technical Education initiatives, the Selective Corporate Internship Program (SCIP) on Aug. 11 celebrated its summer high school interns, who demonstrated many of the organizational and business skills that they developed during the summer as working participants paired with area businesses and the UFT.

UFT decries layoff of school support staff

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UFT decries layoff  of school support staffPat Arnow With the city Education Department announcing layoffs of some 800 support staff, including school aides, parent coordinators, lunchroom workers, bus coordinators and others, UFT Secretary Michael Mendel joined City Councilman Charles Barron, Assemblywoman Inez Barron  and nearly a dozen other Council members in decrying the budget-cutting move at a press conference on A

UFT and Visiting Nurse Service team to offer program for members working for VNS

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Nurses' Health and Wellness program

Representatives of the Visiting Nurse Service and the Federation of Nurses/UFT h Cara Metz

Representatives of the Visiting Nurse Service and the Federation of Nurses/UFT helped kick off the new wellness program.

Anne Goldman has her blood test done by VNS/NY nurse Donna Willems. Cara Metz

UFT Special Representative Anne Goldman has her blood test done by VNS/NY nurse Donna Willems.

Michael Bernstein, VNS chief marketing officer, has his blood pressure monitored Cara Metz

Michael Bernstein, VNS chief marketing officer, has his blood pressure monitored by nurse Angela Courtenay, VNS/NY nurse and health services manager.

A pilot “Health and Wellness” program, jointly developed by the Visiting Nurse Service and the Federation of Nurses/UFT, will soon be accessible to all UFT nurses working for the Visiting Nurse Service. The preventive, cost-free program stresses both measuring health and monitoring it. Federation of Nurses/UFT members will have their blood pressure measured, their body mass index calculated and a blood sample fed into a portable testing device to calculate cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose levels.

School effort rewarded

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Library redesign at PS/IS 127, Queens

Everyone joined in celebrating the opening of the redesigned library at PS/IS 127 in Elmhurst because it took everyone to make it happen. It began with library media specialist Bea Laga, who applied for and won the redesign grant which included not just a new look and reading corner for the library but 250 hard-cover books and two books for each student to take home to begin home libraries. “It took the whole school pulling together to organize the opening celebration,” Laga said.

UFT president speaks at Grady HS graduation

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You can go home again

Miller Photography Mulgrew gives Noor her Shanker Scholarship Award.
Miller Photography Graduates listen to the UFT president’s speech.

It was a pride-filled homecoming on June 27 when UFT President Michael Mulgrew received an award and addressed the graduating students of William E. Grady Career and Technical Education HS, where he taught at-risk kids for 13 years. With flashes of levity in a confidence-building message of encouragement, Mulgrew congratulated the graduates on successfully facing past challenges and prepped them to handle whatever challenges the future might bring. “You are not islands,” he told them. “Each of you achieved what you did with a lot of support from your parents, teachers and your community.

UFT Per Diem Committee meeting

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Summer unemployment insurance discussed

Miller Photography Substitute teacher Joanna Cieszkowska listens as Bloom speaks about unemployment insurance appeals.
Miller Photography Committee Chair Mangone introduces the guest speaker.

Per diem substitute teachers were advised about the eligibility requirements for summer unemployment insurance at a general meeting of the UFT Per Diem Committee at union headquarters on June 16. Members also received information about the appeals process that would follow, in the event it is necessary. Jon Bloom, executive director of the Workers Defense League, an organization that advises all workers on their rights, was the guest speaker. New York State United Teachers Senior Counsel Claude Hersh provided legal direction during the lively question-and-answer period that followed.

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