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Spring Conference to feature Chancellor Fariña

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Tickets still available for April 26 event

Chancellor Carmen Fariña

Tickets are still available for the UFT Spring Education Conference — the union’s signature education event of the year — on Saturday, April 26, at the New York Hilton Hotel in midtown. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 11.

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Last year, nearly 2,000 UFT members and education advocates were on hand, and most of them arrived bright and early for the popular town hall session.

This year’s morning town hall will feature Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

Paras ‘part of what makes a school great’

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33rd annual Paraprofessionals Festival and Awards Luncheon

Jonathan Fickies

Paraprofessionals of the Year with their plaques. Chapter Chair Shelvy Young-Abrams stands at right.
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2014 Paraprofessionals of the Year

Sharon Anderson, PS 111, the Bronx
Ana Cristina Veras, PS 344, the Bronx
Rosa Mendez, PS/IS 155, Brooklyn
Patrick Sykes-Craig, PS/IS 180, Brooklyn
Sunni Gillam-Nettleton, PS 92, Manhattan
Diane Whaley, PS/IS 76, Manhattan
Monica Christie, IS 5, Queens
Debra Lo Cascio, PS 128, Queens
Latifa Benson, PS 18, Staten Island
Grace Langone, PS 46, Staten Island
Tammie L. Durosinmi, P77K@178, Brooklyn
Tomasina Pena, Hospitals Schools of District 75
Danielle Chisolm, East River Academy on Rikers Island, Queens
David B. Greenberg, Beach Channel HS, Queens

2014 Humanitarian of the Year

Catherine Colon, PS 190, Brooklyn

Paraprofessional Collaboration Award

Department of Education’s Division of Human Resources and Talent, Office of School-based Support Services

Debra Ross, a paraprofessional for 16 years, has attended the annual Paraprofessional Festival and Awards Luncheon more than five times for the camaraderie, the workshops — and the respect.

“At my first luncheon I attended the workshop, ‘More than a Para,’” said Ross, who works with 2nd-graders at PS 101 in Brooklyn. The workshop gives paras a chance to talk about their varied roles and to recognize how their range of responsibilities in assisting teachers is critical to student success. “That was my first time here, and I thought, ‘They appreciate you,’” Ross recalled.

A welcome change

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10th annual guidance counselors conference

DOE plans might include new office for chapter’s members

Guidance counselors enjoy a moment of levity in the workshop focusing on developing boys’ social-emotional literacy skills.
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Pat Arnow

Diedre Miller of Science Skills Center HS in Brooklyn checks out materials on display in the exhibit area.


News that talks are underway to create a new Department of Education office of guidance counselors brought a roar of cheers from the more than 200 counselors attending a daylong conference at union headquarters on March 15.

In welcoming remarks opening the 10th anniversary conference, Deputy Chancellor Dorita Gibson announced that such plans were in the “thinking” stage as she thanked counselors for “all you do to enhance the work of schools. Everyone — students and adults — gravitate to you.”

Honorees urged to stay in the fight

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Annual new retiree luncheon

New retirees fill the Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom as far as the eye can see at t Jonathan Fickies

New retirees fill the Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom as far as the eye can see at the UFT luncheon in their honor.

Retired social workers (from left) Liz Taub, Patricia Fraser, Suellen Snyder and Jonathan Fickies

Retired social workers (from left) Liz Taub, Patricia Fraser, Suellen Snyder and Jimmie Jones are among the attendees.

Teacher, storyteller, folk singer and retiree Sheila Dardashti leads a spirited Jonathan Fickies

Teacher, storyteller, folk singer and retiree Sheila Dardashti leads a spirited sing-along.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew appealed to those being honored at the annual New Retiree Luncheon on Nov. 12 to remain part of the struggle to reshape public education in New York City following the disastrous years of the Bloomberg administration.

“We call on you to make our vision of education happen,” he told the crowd of more than 1,000. “You are the authentic voice to push back. We can’t do it without your help.”

No backing down

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Members show they are ready to fight for their patients, profession

Dr. Gloria Boseman leads the Culturally Competent workshop. Miller Photography Dr. Gloria Boseman leads the Culturally Competent workshop.
UFT Vice President Anne Goldman addresses members. Miller Photography

UFT Vice President Anne Goldman addresses members.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew listens to Roseno Brown of the Visiting Nurse Serv Miller Photography

UFT President Michael Mulgrew listens to Roseno Brown of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

The fighting spirit of the Federation of Nurses/UFT was readily apparent at the group’s 34th annual Professional Issues Conference held on Nov. 22 and 23 at the Westin hotel in midtown Manhattan.

In her welcoming remarks to the roughly 250 registered and licensed practical nurses assembled for the conference, UFT Vice President Anne Goldman described the unbridled greed, unrelenting drive for profits and anti-union animus that she said nurses must contend with in the health care industry today.

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