News for Occupational & Physical Therapists

Chapter news | December 4, 2018 - 4:43pm

In honor of Physical Therapy Month in October this year, we asked therapists to nominate a colleague who does outstanding work. We heard about some truly remarkable physical therapists, including Michael Konstalid, who works in PS 10, PS 154 and PS 321 in Brooklyn. Michael uses his carpentry expertise to build adaptive furniture for his students. He also travels around Brooklyn every week to support other physical therapists. We chatted with Michael about his unique approach to physical therapy.

News stories | November 1, 2018 - 3:00am

The overriding theme of the proposed DOE-UFT contract agreement is empowering educators to fight for the working conditions they need to do their jobs.

Chapter news | October 31, 2018 - 3:06pm

Therapists should not sign students in or out of classrooms to record our time. Here's what we should do instead.

Chapter news | September 14, 2018 - 12:46pm

This October, we'll receive a one-time, lump-sum payment. If you are a Board of Education Retirement System (BERS) member and take advantage of the Tax-Deferred Annuity (TDA) program to save for your retirement, you may increase your TDA contributions with income from your October lump-sum payment.

News stories | April 5, 2018 - 12:32am

Registration is open for the UFT Spring Education Conference — the union’s signature education event of the year — on Saturday, May 19, at the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan.

News stories | January 4, 2018 - 3:00pm

Although the union is called the United Federation of Teachers, the membership has grown to include many other types of educators and professionals who serve the children of New York City in a variety of ways.
These Department of Education-employed members have functional chapters of their own to address common issues and concerns.

News | November 2, 2017 - 4:47pm

Effective May 18, 2017, every school employee who has a car will receive a Department of Education-issued parking permit, and the school’s on-street parking spots will become available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Chapter news | October 3, 2017 - 12:46pm

The DOE advised us that SESIS payments for OT/PTs will be issued as scheduled on Friday, Oct. 6. But the DOE just informed us that it is being done as a supplementary payment, which is why you do not yet see it in the payroll portal.

News | September 28, 2017 - 3:29pm

UFT-represented employees who averaged more than five minutes per week of SESIS use between January 2013 and June 2016 will receive payment for their work in SESIS on the Sept. 29 payroll (for in-service employees on the Q bank) or the Oct. 6 payroll (for in-service employees on the H bank). Retirees will receive their check via a supplementary payoll.

What I do | September 7, 2017 - 2:00pm

An educational audiologist serving District 75 and community schools in Brooklyn, Robert Otero ensures all students can hear their teachers loud and clear.

Chapter news | September 7, 2017 - 2:00pm

Find out about our pursuit of pedagogical status, SESIS improvements, how to report salary issues, observation days and more.

What I do | June 1, 2017 - 12:02pm

Liz Galvin at PS 46 on Staten Island is tasked with identifying and addressing learning issues before students are referred for evaluation for special education.

Chapter news | April 19, 2017 - 5:00pm

Find out about our pursuit of pedagogical status, make-up sessions, family medical leaves and absences, the White House's budget and public school funding, the FAQ on special education and ICT requirements, the #PublicSchoolProud campaign, this year's Spring Education Conference and more.

News stories | March 2, 2017 - 12:00pm

Students and staff at PS 32 in Great Kills, Staten Island, performed a new version of Snow White written and directed by one of the school's paraprofessionals.

What I do | February 2, 2017 - 1:00pm

A senior supervisor to 60 school-based physical therapists in the Bronx, Catherine Cirillo inspires in her team something bosses rarely receive: respect and loyalty.

Chapter news | January 12, 2017 - 5:10pm

See the consultation meeting minutes for Jan. 11, 2017.

Chapter news | October 5, 2016 - 10:34am

Find out about our upcoming chapter meeting, OT/PT clinical guide, SESIS, your chapter representatives, how to stay in touch with the union and resources for the work you do as an occupational or physical therapist.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 - 12:43pm

The rich cultural diversity of P186 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx was acknowledged during the school’s annual multicultural show on May 25.

Q & A on the issues | January 25, 2016 - 4:15pm

The UFT, the DOE and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators crafted this FAQ to help with special education issues.

Feature stories | January 7, 2016 (All day)

Elizabeth Bonney is willing to try many things to figure out what will help the students in her self-contained special education class at PS 88 in Ridgewood learn — including a monthly visit from Sammy, a therapy dog.

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