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‘Justice for all New Yorkers’

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New York Communities for Change honor

Justice for all New Yorkers

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Time for fun!

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New playground at PS 50, Queens

Students cut the ribbon to officially open the playground. Bruce Cotler

Students cut the ribbon to officially open the playground. 

Chapter Leader Angela Morgan, teacher Tonnie Robinson, Principal Manjarrez Bruce Cotler

On hand for the ceremony are (from left) Chapter Leader Angela Morgan, teacher Tonnie Robinson, Principal Manjarrez, Councilman Comrie and UFT District 28 Representative Angela Artis.

Thanks to the Trust for Public Land’s New York City Playgrounds Program, PS 50 in Jamaica, Queens staged a ribbon-cutting ceremony and official opening of a beautiful new playground on Nov. 18. Designed by students, staff, parents and community members, the playground includes a running track, slides, a gazebo, outside classroom and theater. “The playground is a fantastic addition to the surrounding community and the PS 50 students. Together we worked very hard to transform our once nonexistent schoolyard,” said Rina Manjarrez, the school’s principal.

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Mulgrew honored

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Jewish Labor Committee Educators’ Chapter Autumn Gala

Mulgrew shows off his award, flanked by (from left) David Kazansky and Joel ShilMiller PhotographyMulgrew shows off his award, flanked by (from left) David Kazansky and Joel Shiller, committee co-chairs, and Barbara Shiller. A diverse crowd of educators and labor and community leaders gathered at midtown’s S. Dynasty Restaurant on Nov. 18 to honor UFT President Michael Mulgrew at the annual Autumn Gala sponsored by the Jewish Labor Committee Educators’ Chapter/UFT Jewish Heritage Committee.

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Lesson-plan authors honored

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Teachers Network Awards

Chris Gibson of MS 80 in the Bronx, Sojourner Greer of PS 335 in Brooklyn and Me Miller Photography

Awardees (from left) Chris Gibson of MS 80 in the Bronx, Sojourner Greer of PS 335 in Brooklyn and Meghan Dunn of PS 335 in Brooklyn.

Honorees, including Rachel Carr of PS 130, Manhattan, stand and receive applause Miller Photography

Honorees, including Rachel Carr of PS 130, Manhattan, stand and receive applause.

There is nothing like a great — and free — lesson plan. That’s why educators will be happy to hear that a selection of some of the best lesson plans designed by New York City public school teachers is available at no charge at http://teachersnetwork.org/TeachNet.

All the plans on the site are award winners selected annually by the 30-year-old nonprofit Teachers Network, which supports talented educators with grants and fellowships.

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Having fun raising funds

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Read Aloud at PS 211, the Bronx

Second-grade teacher Diana Paredas (back left) and her students Pat Arnow

Second-grade teacher Diana Paredas (back left) and her students join school Principal Betty Gonzalez-Soto and librarian Richard Feldman (holding penny-collection bags) in celebrating a successful fundraising effort.

Common Cents’ Philip Panaritis reads aloud a story Pat Arnow

Common Cents’ Philip Panaritis reads aloud a story about fierce pirates as Chapter Leader Theresa Massaru looks on.

Second-graders at PS 211, the Bronx, completed a project in social responsibility while having fun being read to as they took part in the school’s semi-annual Read Aloud, which included a penny collection and canned food drive. All donations go to the nonprofit Common Cents Penny Harvest.

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Working together for children

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Parents on Community Education Councils meet with UFT

UFT Director of Parent and Community Outreach Anthony Harmon Cara Metz

UFT Director of Parent and Community Outreach Anthony Harmon (standing) welcomes the parent leaders to the meeting and thanks them for their involvement.

Benjamin Greene co-president of the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council Cara Metz Benjamin Greene (foreground), co-president of the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council, during a lighter moment.
Paola de Kock Cara Metz

Paola de Kock, who serves on the Citywide Council for High Schools, makes a point.

Parent leaders from across the city came to UFT headquarters on Nov. 22 to share their educational concerns with UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

Members of the city’s 32 Community Education Councils, the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council and the four Citywide Education Councils that advocate on behalf of high schools, English language learners and special education students all had a chance to discuss their issues with each other and union leaders during the meeting.

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Original one-act plays performed

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UFT Players

Ronnie Haynie, Pat Brophy and Karen Liswood perform "Rhineland Bastard."Cara MetzRonnie Haynie, Pat Brophy and Karen Liswood perform "Rhineland Bastard."

Celebrating its 14th season as a troupe and its fifth year performing original one-act plays, the UFT Players performed “Connections: An Evening of Staged Readings” on Nov. 18 and 19 at union headquarters.

left: “A Pearl of a Girl” featured Marjorie Bryant, Susan Weisser, LourdeCara Metzleft: “A Pearl of a Girl” featured Marjorie Bryant, Susan Weisser, Lourdes Ayala (not pictured) and Worrell.

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Updating speech teachers

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Michelle Isaacson PS 75 Bronx Cara Metz Michelle Isaacson (left) of PS 75, the Bronx, and Gina Kansco of PS 10, Brooklyn, were among the members who had their questions answered.
Karten Bornemann addresses the group. Cara Metz

With some 500 out of the city’s 2,000 pubic school speech teachers being in the system less than three years, the UFT Speech Improvement Chapter staged a meeting to help inform and update newer members on a variety of subjects on Nov. 8 at UFT headquarters. “With so much going on, a lot of information is lacking,” Speech Improvement Chapter Leader Mindy Karten Bornemann said. “Our newer members had a lot of questions.” Union experts in the areas of certification, licensing, observations, ratings and mentoring were brought in to address the group and answer those questions.

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Taking the next step

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Grady HS Transition Fair

students Allen Cham and Stephen Kessler, Grady staffers Howard Mendelsohn and JeMiller PhotographyStanley Cunningham (right) describes the program at Universal Technical Institute to (from left) students Allen Cham and Stephen Kessler, Grady staffers Howard Mendelsohn and Jennifer Prensky and student Dominique Hodge.

William E. Grady HS held its first Transition Fair on Nov. 18 to help special education students make the move from school to work or college. Vendors, representatives from industry and colleges and trade schools were on hand to show parents and students the many directions their lives could take after graduation.

Students (from left) Kessler and Geimal Moville, guidance counselor Heather WaltMiller PhotographyStudents (from left) Kessler and Geimal Moville, guidance counselor Heather Walters and Chapter Leader Chris Manos (seated) discuss the pamphlets with Neal Reich, a representative from Young Adult Boro Center.

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Decry budget cuts

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Protest at Leon M. Goldstein HS

Still suffering from last year’s school budget cuts and with the mayor threatening more to come, UFT members at high-achieving Leon M. Goldstein HS for the Sciences in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, rallied and leafleted faculty, staff, students and members of the community on Nov.

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