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‘A voice constantly out there speaking truth’

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2011 Dewey Award winner Linda Darling-Hammond

Linda Darling-Hammond (center) receives the union’s prestigious John Dewey AwardMiller PhotographyLinda Darling-Hammond (center) receives the union’s prestigious John Dewey Award from UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Vice President Aminda Gentile, chair of the Spring Education Conference.

The UFT bestowed its top honor, the John Dewey Award, on Stanford University education professor Linda Darling-Hammond on May 7, in recognition of her many years of contributions to public education and the teaching profession and for her recent help to the UFT in combating the misuse of teacher data.

“She is a voice constantly out there speaking truth,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew in introducing Darling-Hammond at the union’s Spring Conference.

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2,000 turn out for ‘interesting and exciting’ day

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2011 UFT Spring Education Conference

Teacher and union activist Katrina Foye (left) signs up teachers for their COPE Miller Photography

Teacher and union activist Katrina Foye (left) signs up teachers for their COPE (political education) contributions and helps them go online to send faxes protesting teacher layoffs. Waiting their turns are (from left) educators Nancy Ortiz-Gonzalez, Christina Rojas, John Amato and Bibi Meerza.

All in a day’s workshops

Carothers makes a point.Bruce CotlerCarothers makes a point.

The conference featured four workshops on cutting-edge topics. “The Lessons of Wisconsin: Defending the Rights of Public Sector Workers” showcased talks by Wisconsin state Sen. Jon Erpenbach and University of Wisconsin–Madison Teaching Assistants’ Co-President Alex Hanna on the state workers’ recent battle over trade union rights  and lessons learned in the struggle. In the “Common Core Standards: Understanding the Impact of  Text Complexity” workshop, presenter David Coleman, the founder of Student Achievement Partners and a lead player in the development of the Common Core Standards in literacy, detailed the skills that students will need to read and analyze the more complicated texts required by the standards. Attendees at “Best Practices for Art Education” heard presenters Richard Kessler of the Center for Arts Education, Roger Tilles of the New York State Regents’ Cultural Education Committee and teacher Celeste Douglas of MS 57 in Brooklyn address best and most promising practices for integrating the arts into K-12 curricula. In the session entitled “Literacy in the Lives of Children and Their Families: The Home-School Connection,” presenter Suzanne Carothers, an NYU professor of early childhood education,  addressed literacy development through considering what family literacy experience children carry with them to school and how to integrate those cultural experiences into school learning in creating welcoming educational settings for students and families.

Exhibiting their passions

William Grady HS teacher Dawn Watson (far left) with her students Cherrish TheodBruce CotlerWilliam Grady HS teacher Dawn Watson (far left) with her students Cherrish Theodore, Shameika Lewis, Bianca Barahona and Yazmin Giraldo, who whipped up delicious strawberry crepes for exhibition goers.

For these motivated students, pursuing their passion is an important part of their high school education. On hand at the conference exhibition hall to discuss their talents and aspirations, along with the teachers who are instructing them in their chosen fields, were aspiring computer technicians, graphic designers, cosmetologists, hairdressers, cooks, train engineers, fashion designers and more. Educators who visited the exhibition hall also had the opportunity to pick up information about their UFT and NYSUT benefits, and come away with shopping bags full of resources from other organizations as well.

“I can promise you a day both interesting and exciting,” UFT Vice President Aminda Gentile said in welcoming the 2,000 attendees to the union’s annual Spring Education Conference on May 7 at the midtown Hilton. 

It was a promise kept.

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District 24 Scholarship Dinner Dance

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You can’t spell community without u-n-i-t-y

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Honorees taking their places for an official group photo are (standing from left) PS 19 Chapter Leader Richard Burke and Principal Genie Calibar, IS 73 secretary Ria Ferrara, Community Education Council President Nick Commaianni, District Superintendent Madeline Chan, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Parker, and (seated from left) PS 68 Principal Anne Marie Scalfaro, students Jessica Peralta of IS 125 and Nicholas Shklanko of PS 58, and Connie Partinico, parent activist at PS 58. More photos >>

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Applause, balloons and a standing ovation for honorees at the District 24 celebration.

Friends, family, teachers, administrators, parents, community leaders and political leaders — a full house of 450 revelers — celebrated the 12th annual District 24 Scholarship Dinner Dance on April 14 at Russo’s on the Bay in Queens. UFT President Michael Mulgrew led the list of honorees that included two students honored for their outstanding good citizenship and service to the community.

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Mulgrew maps out strategy to fight layoffs

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Also proposes new co-location policy during rousing Spring Conference speech

UFT President Michael Mulgrew tells the Spring Conference audience that the mayo Bruce Cotler

UFT President Michael Mulgrew tells the Spring Conference audience that the mayor “can stop the layoffs and still have a very large budget surplus.  Let’s be clear — that money belongs to the people of New York City and not to Mayor Bloomberg.”

In a rousing speech that had the 2,000 attendees of the UFT’s May 7 Spring Education Conference on their feet clapping and joining in chants of “Enough is enough,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew laid out a plan to bring teachers, parents and community members out on the streets to fight teacher layoffs.

Mayor Bloomberg announced his intent to lay off 4,278 teachers the previous day, at the end of Teacher Appreciation Week, which Mulgrew termed “the cherry on top” of the cake.

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May Day: Born in the USA

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Anti-union lithograph from Harper’s Weekly depicts the homemade bomb going off aAnti-union lithograph from Harper’s Weekly depicts the homemade bomb going off at Chicago’s Haymarket Square rally on May 4, 1886. For generations, May Day, the International Workers Day celebrated by working people in more than 200 countries, was ignored in the United States, the country of its origin. In fact, the annual holiday is as American as cherry pie, commemorating as it does the 1886 nationwide general strike in which U.S. trade unionists — largely foreign-born — walked off the job in support of an eight-hour workday.

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Mulgrew: We must fight for our communities

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2011 NYSUT Representative Assembly

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Delegates were entertained by the fancy stepping of the Keltic Dreams Irish Dancers of PS 59 in the Bronx, under the direction of teacher Caroline Duggan. Click here to view more photos.

Michael Campbell UFT retiree George Caulfield was one of two winners of the 2011 NYSUT Retiree of the Year award.
Michael Campbell Lucille Swaim, longtime UFT contract negotiator, speaks to delegates after receiving the Not by Ourselves Alone: The Sandy Feldman Outstanding Leadership Award, NYSUT’s highest leadership honor.

When he welcomed the 2,200 delegates to New York City for this year’s’s NYSUT Representative Assembly at the start of the first general session on April 7, UFT President Michael Mulgrew got right to the point.

“What happened in Wisconsin can’t happen here,” he told those who packed the New York Hilton ballroom for the RA, the theme of which was United We Lead.

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UFTers engage in protest actions across the city

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Spreading awareness

sperading-awareness-g-2Educators in Queens took to the streets and their cell phones on April 6 in a boroughwide “day of action” against budget cuts and teacher layoffs. Educators in Queens took to the streets and their cell phones on April 6 in a boroughwide “day of action” against budget cuts and teacher layoffs. The day’s events, organized by the UFT’s Queens office, were intended to spread awareness of the dire situation facing the city’s public schools and their 1.1 million students.

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UFT Hispanic Affairs Committee celebrates Women’s History Month

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Honored for leaving their mark

All smiles after the honors are (from left) Carlo, DeJesus, Silva, Alvarez and Bronx Borough Representative Jose Vargas.
Miriam Mayers (left) of Norman Thomas HS receives a poster from Albania Sepulveda, a special representative from the Bronx office.

The UFT Hispanic Affairs Committee commemorated Women’s History Month this year by honoring some of its own amazing women leaders in its “Celebrating Latina Women in Education,” a festive and well-attended event held at UFT headquarters on March 23. More than 90 people showed up and enjoyed the food, music and heartfelt sharing of their life journeys by UFTers who have made strides in their lives and the lives of others. “I believe we all have known a woman who has impacted our lives and left their mark,” committee co-chair Cassie Carlo said.

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