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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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11 receive awards at District 24 Scholarship Dinner Dance

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Miller Photography Mulgrew (back row, left) and Parker (back row, third from left) with some of the awardees.
Miller Photography Mazzilli (left), a member of the world champion 1986 Mets, with his honoree sister Zolotin, Parker and PS 81 Chapter Leader Angelo Vicente.

Proud parents, family members and friends joined UFTers, administrators, and community and political leaders on April 19 at a Queens catering hall to celebrate the 13th annual District 24 Scholarship Dinner Dance. UFT President Michael Mulgrew was there to wish awardees well and congratulate the Queens district on its work defending public education.

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RTC April general membership meeting

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Together again

After the Annual Meetings wrapped up, the chapter got back to holding its general membership meetings in Shanker Hall, Manhattan, the first taking place on April 17.

Pasquale D'Onofrio chats with Chapter Leader Tom Murphy.Miller PhotographyPasquale D'Onofrio chats with Chapter Leader Tom Murphy.

Retiree Harriet Greenbaum reads through some of the available literature.Miller PhotographyRetiree Harriet Greenbaum reads through some of the available literature.

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District 20 Scholarship Dinner Dance

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Honoring ‘mensches’

Driesen (front row, fourth from left) with community service award winners (fronMiller PhotographyDriesen (front row, fourth from left) with community service award winners (front row, from left) Kivnick, Schiano, Chia, Moy and Hester Lavenberg, and (back row, from left) UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Oberstein. Mulgrew and Driesen with Arundell (left) and Hinds.Miller PhotographyMulgrew and Driesen with Arundell (left) and Hinds. Chia, who began her working career in an electronics factory in Singapore, has aMiller PhotographyChia, who began her working career in an electronics factory in Singapore, has always combined paid work with public service. She was emotional as she was recognized for the many ways she contributes to the community. More than 370 educators turned out for a night of honoring their own and raising money for a good cause at the annual UFT District 20 Scholarship Dinner Dance on May 2 in Brooklyn.

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