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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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Going to the fair

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2012 UFT SPRING EDUCATION CONFERENCE

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Students from Automotive HS in Brooklyn and teacher Donald Morisette (back row, right) demonstrate their project on the workings of a power windows system to UFT President Michael Mulgrew (left).

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Retired Teachers Chapter member Diana Douglas (left) hears about what’s available at the UFT political action group from Monique Greene.

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Chapter Leader Jeff Turner (second from left), teacher Stan Bellis and students from the HS of Computers and Technology in the Bronx get a kick out of UFT Vice President for Career and Technical Education High Schools Sterling Roberson as he goes for a ride on their tricycle that was converted from pedal to motorized.

Student work from schools across the city was on display to impress and educate at the Spring Education Conference exhibit fair. Teachers were also on hand to help the students show off their skills and projects on subjects ranging from cosmetology to electronics to technology to carpentry and more.

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District 21 Scholarship Dinner Dance

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Honoring difference-makers

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Honorees get together for a group shot with UFT staff and officers. More photos >>

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It was a fun night for all, as the expressions on these members’ faces show.

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Alford (center) flanked by Gerowitz and UFT Assistant Secretary Robert Astrowsky.

More than 500 people came to the UFT’s District 21 Scholarship Dinner Dance on May 10 in Brooklyn to honor those who have made a positive difference for children and school communities and to raise money for worthy scholarship winners from each school in the district. Karen Alford, the UFT vice president for elementary schools, was honored with the Executive Leadership Award.

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Educators share ways to make a difference

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The Bullying Crisis: A Call to Action

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Director Lee Hirsch talks about the making of the film “Bully” — and about what it takes to get people to stop being bystanders and stand up to bullying.

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Kaitlin Monte (second from left), Miss New York, discusses ways to raise awareness about bullying — an issue that deeply affected her and her siblings and led her to graduate from high school at age 16 to get away from the abuse. Looking on are fellow panelists (from left) UFT School Safety Director David Kazansky, State Sen. Jeffrey Klein, parent and Community Education Council member Sonja Jones and Council for Unity coordinator Kyle Harmon.

More than 200 educators who want to make a difference in the culture of their schools came to UFT headquarters on May 10 for a conference on combating bullying that was jointly sponsored by the union and the Council for Unity.

The conference, entitled “The Bullying Crisis: A Call to Action,” featured a keynote address by the director of the documentary “Bully,” an array of workshops, and a panel discussion on bullying with activists from a wide range of backgrounds.

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Sixth annual Better Speech and Hearing Month celebration award winners

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The UFT Speech Improvement Chapter held its annual Better Speech and Hearing Month celebration on May 7. Awards were presented for the best speech and hearing projects.

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Eadie Shanker receives Sandy Feldman Award

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2012 NYSUT Representative Assembly

Eadie Shanker addresses the delegates after receiving the Not For Ourselves Alone: The Sandy Feldman Outstanding Leadership Award.

El-Wise Noisette and Dennis Stierer Health Professional of the Year Howard Sandau, a member of the Federation of Nurses/UFT who works at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn.
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Armed and ready for the state conference are (from left) UFT Welfare Fund Deputy Director Geof Serkin, Dolores Lozupone of PS 185 in Brooklyn, Stuart Kaplan of the HS for Law and Public Service in Manhattan, Michele Ferraro of PS 204 in Brooklyn and John Amato of IS 259 in Brooklyn.

Eadie Shanker’s name is often followed by the description, “wife of the late UFT and AFT president, Albert Shanker.” But the former Queens teacher has blazed many trails of her own — which is why she was named a winner of the Not For Ourselves Alone: The Sandy Feldman Outstanding Leadership Award at the NYSUT Representative Assembly in Buffalo on April 26.

The award — named for another late UFT and AFT president — recognizes the contributions of women to the education union movement.

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