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Tourette Syndrome group recognizes Alvarez

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VP for Special Education honored

Miller Photography Lil Arbogast, the Tourette Syndrome Association chapter president, joins Davoli (center) in congratulating Alvarez (right).

For her years working with children with special needs, the New York City chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Association honored Vice President for Special Education Carmen Alvarez with a plaque and its many thanks. UFT Legislative Representative Michael Davoli, who has Tourette himself and is a board member of the New York City chapter of the association, made the presentation to Alvarez. The event, a fundraiser for the chapter and its work battling the neurological disorder, was held at the Gotham Comedy Club, where members of the club’s troupe performed.

Making schools safer

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Training for chemical emergency response

Cara Metz The International Chemical Workers Union Council’s Keith Mundy instructs members in the use of self-contained breathing apparatuses.
Cara Metz Rafael De La Cruz (seated left), a course graduate and Thomas A. Edison CTE HS teacher, oversees members learning decontamination techniques.

It’s not just health and safety specialists and firefighters who need to be experts in chemical emergency response procedures. In schools, it’s laboratory specialists, science teachers, career and technical teachers and school safety supervisors who need to know what to do in crisis situations when chemicals are released in amounts outstripping what is considered incidental. From Aug.

Feathers, glitter and UFT book bags at Junior Carnival

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West Indian Day Parade

Miller Photography UFT President Michael Mulgrew, a grand marshall of Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Parade, represented the union at its Junior Carnival.
Miller Photography The first day of school was just around the corner for Semi Williams at the Junior Carnival of Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Parade where she stocked up on free UFT school supplies.
Miller Photography Rosary and Arianna Chietan visit the UFT booth, a mainstay at the carnival.

Sequins shone, small feet danced and competition was fierce on Sept. 3 at Junior Carnival, the children’s detail of the West Indian Day Parade, traditionally held just before the main event.

“Children are judged for the originality and creativity of their floats, costumes and dances,” said Anthony Harmon, the UFT director of parent and community outreach.

The kids’ carnival has been in existence for as long as the parade has been transforming Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway into a Caribbean island, starting in the 1960s.

Registering for UFT courses

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Lissette Reynoso (talking to the UFT’s Peter Mason) wanted an early intervention Pat Arnow

Teachers from all boroughs streamed to the UFT on Sept. 8 for fall course registration and guidance. Lissette Reynoso (talking to the UFT’s Peter Mason) wanted an early intervention course to help parents of her pre-K students at CS 214 in the Bronx. “I communicate with parents about the child’s needs,” said the 5th-year teacher. “It’s hard work but rewarding.”

Tying Communities Together award

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Mulgrew cited by black press

Mulgrew cited by black pressPat ArnowFrom left, presenter George Gresham, the president of SEIU 1199; Paterson; Floyd; Harmon; NAACP New York State President Hazel Dukes and New York Amsterdam News Editor and Publisher Elinor Tatum. UFT President Michael Mulgrew was among the honorees at the first annual Tying Communities Together Labor Breakfast celebrating New York City’s labor union movement and its bond with working families, the middle class and the black press at Harlem’s Alhambra Ballroom on Sept. 8.

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.

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