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Sixth annual District 26 Scholarship Dinner Dance

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UFT’s March among honorees

Union pension trustee Sandra March was recognized for her 50 years of service. W Miller Photography

Union pension trustee Sandra March was recognized for her 50 years of service. With March (second from right) are (from left) Anthony Lemma (holding a citation given to March by State Assemblyman David Weprin), Councilman Mark Weprin’s chief of staff Ruth Wimpfheimer, UFT President Michael Mulgrew (holding a proclamation for March from Councilman Weprin) and District 26 Representative Mary Vaccaro. The assemblyman and councilman were students of March’s at PS 178.

Chatting before the festivities are (from left) PTA members Rani and Rula Baki, Miller Photography

Chatting before the festivities are (from left) PTA members Rani and Rula Baki, Assemblywoman Grace Meng and UFT Queens Borough Representative Rona Freiser.

The sixth annual Parent-Teacher Alliance District 26 Scholarship Dinner Dance had its largest turnout yet, as 492 people attended the May 31 event in Queens to honor educators and raise money for scholarships for pre-K through 12th-grade students from the district. “We had people from every part of the community, including parents, elected officials, administrators and teachers,” UFT District 26 Representative Mary Vaccaro said. The event was jointly sponsored by the UFT and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators.

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Amazing!

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Albert Shanker Scholarship Fund Awards Reception and Ceremony

Realizing college dreams is just the beginning for 171 sharing $1 million to further education

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Second-time Shanker Scholarship winners, this time for graduate school, include (with plaques, from left) Arwa Gabr of Brooklyn College, Yan Davydov of Baruch College, Vivian Yaci Yu of Syracuse University, Opal O’Neil of Hartwick College and Kinga Szilagyi of St. John’s University. They are are joined by (back row, from left) Mulgrew; Lorna Baptiste, a UFT Welfare Fund assistant director; and Arthur Pepper, the executive director of the Welfare Fund.

Miller Photography Brooklyn’s PS 161 steel band, under the guidance of teacher Michelle Williams and program director Mathew Best, perform at the ceremony.

Fatoumata Keita, a graduate of the HS of Economics and Finance and a 2012 UFT Albert Shanker Scholarship Award winner, said that she will become the first person in her family to go away to college when she heads to Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., in September.

“School absolutely changed me,” explained Keita, who came to New York City with her family six years ago from West Africa. “Not just academically” — she maintained a 98-plus average — “but in teaching me how to stand up and fight for myself.”

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Bronx Educators Appreciation Day

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Pride and joy

Miller Photography Part of the crowd of 800 cheers on the honorees.
Miller Photography Awardee Nick Cruz (center), the UFT’s Bronx parent and community liaison, with UFT Bronx Borough Representative Jose Vargas (left) and Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Miller Photography Enjoying the festivities are (from left) PS 280 Chapter Leader Nancy Hernandez, Rod Michael of DeWitt Clinton HS and Merry Hendrix of PS/MS 31.

Bronx Week, the annual event celebrating the borough’s rich history and attractions, this year featured a May 11 Bronx Educators Appreciation Day at the UFT borough office.

Some 800 UFT members, family, friends, local elected officials and even a smattering of school principals and district superintendents joined to honor several award-winners while receiving union-blue T-shirts reading “Proud to be a Bronx Educator.”

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. delivered a proclamation naming May 11 Bronx Educators Day, which he presented to UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

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Moving school system forward is our responsibility

President's perspective

mulgrew.jpgMichael Mulgrew, UFT President The following is an abridged and edited version of remarks I delivered at the UFT’s annual Spring Education Conference on May 12:

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Workshops reflect shifts in education priorities

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2012 UFT Spring Education Conference

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Author-educator Charlotte Danielson, who created the Danielson Framework for Teaching, says that the misuse of her work “scares me to death.”

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UFT Teacher Center facilitator Evelyn Edwards (standing) answers questions about the TES education website for Dolores Nattey (seated, left) of PS 127 in Queens and Catherine Scott of the Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy.

From promoting compassion to reinventing the school model, from exploring new technology to implementing dynamic teaching practices, the workshops at the 2012 UFT Spring Education Conference reflected the changing landscape of education.

“We’re moving away from the concept of closing the door to your classroom and teaching as an island unto yourself,” said Mitch Godkin of Russell Sage JHS in Queens.

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Mulgrew: Union ‘must’ play role in shaping city’s schools

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2012 UFT Spring Education Conference

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Brooklyn educators Michelle Abdurrashid (left) of PS 91 and Shevon Lewis of PS 161 seem to be enjoying the event.

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Some 1,600 pack the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel for the UFT’s annual Spring Education Conference.

Saying that the union won’t wait for Bloomberg’s departure in 2013, UFT President Michael Mulgrew on May 12 mapped out a path for improving New York City public education built on bringing the public back into public education and ensuring that city schools work for and with the whole community.

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‘Guided by the compass of his soul’

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2012 UFT SPRING EDUCATION CONFERENCE

2012 Dewey Award winner Robert Jackson

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City Councilman Robert Jackson addresses the packed house after accepting the UFT’s John Dewey Award.

He never expected to be elected to the New York City Council and chair its education committee.

“Robert Jackson always fought for the right thing, never acting out of a political plan, but got where he was fight by fight,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew, presenting Jackson with the John Dewey Award, awarded for excellence in education, on May 12.

“He is guided by the compass of his soul, which is what makes him a leader close to my heart,” Mulgrew said.

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Noguera: Mayor has failed on education

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2012 UFT Spring Education Conference

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New York University professor Pedro Noguera (right) answers a question during Operation Soapbox, while UFT President Michael Mulgrew listens.

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Marie Kallo of IS 234 in the Bronx and Anthony Klug of Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Manhattan are among those who asked questions.

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UFT Vice President Catalina Fortino, who chaired the conference, welcomes everyone to the Soapbox event.

UFT members got their annual chance to grill the experts on some tough education questions at Operation Soapbox, the opening event of the union’s Spring Education Conference. UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Pedro Noguera, a professor of education at New York University, were on the hot seat.

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