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1,100 celebrate UFT activism at annual ceremony

UFT President Michael Mulgrew welcomes everyone to the 51st annual Teacher UnionMiller PhotographyUFT President Michael Mulgrew welcomes everyone to the 51st annual Teacher Union Day celebration.

It was their moment, whether they were young UFT members just finding their union voice or longtime activists without whom the UFT would not be what it is.

What the union is, in addition to its everyday function as an advocate for the city’s public school students and educators, said UFT President Michael Mulgrew in his opening remarks at the Nov. 6 Teacher Union Day, is a national symbol of hope for workers whose rights are under attack.

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‘Someone is remembering your teaching’

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Famed author among those who addresses educators at sendoff

Miller Photography Retired elementary school chapter leaders.
Miller Photography Retired Teachers Chapter Leader Tom Murphy and Director of Retiree Programs Gerri Herskowitz (right) present a proclamation to keynote speaker Bel Kaufman.
Miller Photography UFT President Michael Mulgrew addresses the group.

“I’m 100 years and six months old,” Bel Kaufman told a ballroom filled with retirees — and from there she had them rolling in the aisles.

The former teacher and author of the best-selling 1960s novel “Up the Down Staircase” stole the show at the Retired Teachers Chapter’s annual luncheon for 1,300 new retirees at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan on Nov. 15.

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New Jersey Section 21st Annual Luncheon

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Stark’s work cited

Hilda Stark, who recently stepped down as coordinator of the Retired Teachers Chapter’s New Jersey Section, was honored by UFT President Michael Mulgrew, RTC Leader Tom Murphy, Section Coordinator Angela Reformato-Solomon and Sandra March, one of the union’s pension trustees, at the section’s 21st Annual Luncheon on Oct. 31 at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. Stark also received a proclamation from the state of New Jersey at the event.

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NYCATA/UFT Artworks ’11 conference

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Exploring ways to inspire young minds

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Davidson (right) presents an Art Educator award to Lau. More photos >>

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Christina Mart of PS 106 in the Bronx shows an example of a fold-out book that students can make.

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Debbi Gibson of Manhattan’s PS 20 demonstrates a pyramid that integrates math and art.

Around 300 educators took time out from teaching art and working in their studios for the 31st annual conference of the New York City Art Teachers Association/UFT on Oct. 22. Examining art education through the lens of the Common Core Learning Standards was the main focus of the conference, “Artworks ’11,” reported Joan Davidson, the longtime president and chair of the association.

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Fall UFT Charter School Conference

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Building a progressive movement

Members take part in an exercise at the conference.

Members take part in an exercise at the conference.

After an Oct. 14 evening panel featuring UFT President Michael Mulgrew, celebrated educator Deborah Meier, Green Dot founder Steve Barr and parent advocate Mona Davids, the more than 100 charter school educators in attendance returned to UFT headquarters on Oct. 15 for a full day of workshops and panels on “building a progressive charter school movement.”

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Building a progressive movement

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Fall UFT Charter School Conference panel

Green Dot Public Schools founder Steve Barr answers a few questions. Cara Metz

Green Dot Public Schools founder Steve Barr (on panel, second from left) answers a question while fellow panelists (from left) New York Charter Parents Association President Mona Davids, Central Park East school founder Deborah Meier and UFT President Michael Mulgrew and UFT Vice President Leo Casey, the panel moderator, look on.

More than 100 charter school teachers from around the city came together at UFT headquarters on Oct. 14 for an evening panel discussion that kicked off the UFT’s two-day fall charter conference and professional development event.

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