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Sustainability coordinator training

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Learning new ways to make a difference

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Speaker Roger Duffy (right), an architect working on the design for a school on Staten Island that will produce as much energy as it consumes on site, answers questions from Monica Hill of the Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Engineering and Jerry Citron of Stuyvesant HS. >> more photos

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Jocelyn Cohen (second from left), a presenter in the energy workshop, has the full attention of (from left) Bronx PS 47 teacher Kristen Ursone, UFT Vice President Sterling Robeson and teacher Will Shepard.

Hundreds of sustainability coordinators — each school is supposed to have one — from schools across the city spent a day of intense training at UFT headquarters learning techniques and strategies to make their schools more environmentally friendly and to raise environmental awareness among students. Experts presented workshops on conserving energy in schools, school recycling, how to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum and how to bring nature to the schools. It was a day of exploring practical ways to make a difference.

Selective Corporate Internship Program interviews

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A pathway to success

A pathway to successPat ArnowThe Mancebos with Roberson (right). Fourteen years ago, the husband and wife entrepreneurial team of Monica and Miguel Mancebo founded the nonprofit Selective Corporate Internship Program. Today, that program partners with the UFT to attract urban public high school sophomores and juniors to careers in the corporate sector while fostering a commitment to social responsibility.

Education Leadership Project Awards

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Honored for community programs

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Enjoying the event are (seated, from left) UFT District 8 Representative Carmen Quinones, UFTer Sally Morales, District 12 Rep Steven Goldberg, District 11 Rep Alice Cooper-Jackson and Vargas; and (standing, from left) UFTers and friends Alicia Reightmann, Margaret Borrelli, Janet Guevara, Carmen Hernandez, Nanette Rosario-Sanchez, Jeff Povalitis, Loriann Sanchez, Susan Perez and NYSUT’s Zoilo Rodriguez.

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Garcia with Madelyn Lugo, chair of the parade organization.

Among events leading up to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade was its annual Education Leadership Project Awards ceremony on May 19. The fete honored education leaders “for their excellence in providing and/or developing community programs.” Among those given special recognition awards were the UFT and the New York State United Teachers, with UFT Bronx Borough Representative Jose Vargas accepting for both organizations. The not-for-profit cultural organization also honored the Rev. Carlos M. Lopez Garcia Jr., a UFT chapter leader at PS 30 in Mott Haven.

Discussing executive functioning

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Alvarez welcomes attendees. Pat Arnow

Alvarez welcomes attendees.

Crystal Gaskin (left) of Queens Vocational HS and Sonia Nieves of JHS 104 in Man Pat Arnow

Crystal Gaskin (left) of Queens Vocational HS and Sonia Nieves of JHS 104 in Manhattan share a laugh during the discussion.

Emmy Pai of PS 105, Brooklyn, asks a question. Pat Arnow Emmy Pai of PS 105, Brooklyn, asks a question. The second workshop in the two-part series will be held on Sunday, June 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at union headquarters in Manhattan.

Despite a stormy morning, more than 100 special education teachers turned out on Sunday, May 15, to join UFT Vice President for Special Education Carmen Alvarez for the first workshop in a two-part series on “Executive Functioning and the School Experience.” Executive functions refer to the set of processes dealing with managing oneself and one’s resources in order to achieve a goal.

UFT Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration

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Therapists discuss ways to change lives

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Speech Improvement Chapter Leader Mindy Karten Bornemann (back row, left) thanks members of the event committee, who made the fifth annual UFT Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration a success. They are (front row, from left) Jennifer Knight of Bronx PS 182, Ava Geddis of Brooklyn’s IS 296 and Lorina Allert of Brooklyn PS 13; and (back row, from left after Bornemann) Melissa Heller of Queens PS 139, co-chair Brenda Caquias of Brooklyn PS 257 and co-chair Kathleen Lewis of Bronx CS 102. Click here to view more photos.

Miller Photography Celeste Norman (left), recently retired from the chapter’s executive board, receives an award for her many years of work. “Mindy Bornemann’s hard work makes our job easier in the classroom,” Norman said.
Ellie Spielberg Award-winning posters and poetry were in evidence at the celebration, which recognized the outstanding work of students and the special projects of their speech therapists.

Until he came to the United States, he never knew there was such a thing as speech therapy. The student felt like a freak, was teased, was filled with shame and secretly dreamed of fluency in speech and success in life.

The embarassment and despair were familiar to the dozens of speech therapists attending the fifth annual UFT Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration at the union’s Manhattan headquarters on May 16.

The president visits: MS 223, the Bronx

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MS 223, the Bronx

Miller Photography Mulgrew (left) admires the gift he received from Principal Ramon Gonzalez while Chapter Leader Mary Hallinan (second from left) and Weingarten, with her gift, look on.
Miller Photography During the discussion, UFTer Stephanie Del Valle raises the issue of poverty in confounding educational success.
Miller Photography Mulgrew chats with visiting technology teacher Nicole Lentino in her computer class.

UFT members at MS 223, the Bronx, got two presidents for the price of one on May 9. That’s because when UFT President Michael Mulgrew made his early morning visit to the Laboratory School of Finance and Technology on May 9, he was joined by AFT President Randi Weingarten as part of her “Making a Difference Every Day” tour, which celebrates the tremendous work of AFT teachers and their success in helping students excel. Just one of the school’s big accomplishments: selection as a 2010 Intel School of Distinction.

Benefit concert at PS 47, the Bronx

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Librarian rocks

Pat Arnow The band Flashback 4, with school librarian Joanne Davis on bass, gets the crowd going at PS 42 in the Bronx.
Pat Arnow Davis is a rockin’ librarian.

Kids generally do not expect librarians to get on stage, pick up their electric guitars and slam out bass riffs with their rock bands — unless you’re a kid at PS 47 in the Bronx. For two years running, Joanne Davis and fellow rockers in the quartet Flashback 4 have put on benefit concerts at the Soundview/Parkchester school, raising money for the 5th grade’s end-of-year activities. On May 6, about 200 members of the school community turned out for a night of rock ’n’ roll, listening to classic tunes and watching 5th-graders do dance routines on stage and in the aisles.

Students give teachers electricity lesson at IS 52, Manhattan

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Plenty of energy

Miller Photography Pam Scott, English language arts teacher and IS 52 sustainability coordinator, poses proudly with Environmental Club members.
Miller Photography A sixth-grader explains some of the project findings as other presenters wait their turn.

At the IS 52 faculty meeting on May 2, teachers got a lesson from students on how much electricity was being used by the electric appliances in the school and how much money was being wasted. Sixth-, 7th- and 8th-grade members of the Manhattan school’s Environmental Club gave a PowerPoint presentation based on their findings as part of a two-year Inter-School Energy Research project headed by Columbia University’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation with the participation of Think Eco and Junior Energy and funded by a National Science Foundation grant.

Friends of District 75 Awards

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Special helpers

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Proctor (at podium) accepts the honor with (from left) Vega, Kamps, Tong, Linton and Lau. Click here to view more photos.

Miller Photography Roman (left) and Marryshow with UFT Special Representative Reggie Colvin and President Michael Mulgrew (right).

For the sixth straight year, the Friends of District 75 honored individuals whose advocacy has benefited students with special needs. This year's gala, at Brooklyn's El Caribe on April 28, was not only a testimonial to their impact but a fundraiser to help send several special needs children to summer camp.

Health career students honored by union

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Health career students honored by unionCara MetzThe award winners, their parents and teachers with UFT Vice President for Career and Technical Education High Schools Sterling Roberson (back The UFT honored eight outstanding career and technical education students at its annual Health Career Recognition Reception held at union headquarters on May 16.

The students, enrolled in a wide variety of health career tracks including nursing, dentistry and sports medicine, were selected for recognition by their schools for their high academic achievement.

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