News for Paraprofessionals

Know your rights | December 7, 2017 - 3:00am

UFT paraprofessionals have challenging and rewarding jobs working as part of an educational team providing educational and support services to children. Here are some rights and responsibilities of paraprofessionals that paras should know.


Teacher to teacher | December 7, 2017 - 1:00am

When working on my doctoral degree in educational psychology, I embarked on a journey to explore the home-school connection for students with special needs, its challenges and the most effective ways to initiate it.

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.

Know your rights | November 2, 2017 - 1:00am

Here are some important things to know if you work with students with disabilities.

Info you should know | November 2, 2017 - 1:00am

Each year, the UFT recognizes outstanding paraprofessionals at the union’s annual Paraprofessional Festival and Awards Luncheon.

News stories | November 2, 2017 - 1:00am

With hurricane season especially brutal this year, schools around the city stepped up to raise money and collect much-needed supplies for victims in Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Chapter news | October 16, 2017 - 2:30pm

Each year, the UFT recognizes outstanding paraprofessionals at the union’s annual Paraprofessional Festival and Awards Luncheon.

Chapter news | October 12, 2017 - 1:00pm

Each year, the Leap to Teacher program, in collaboration with The Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at CUNY, holds workshops for UFT members and Leap to Teacher program participants to prepare for the Academic Literacy Skills Test for teacher certification and the Combined Early Childhood and Childhood Multi-Subject Test. If you are interested in becoming a teacher, sign up for a workshop closest to you. Registration is required.

News stories | October 5, 2017 - 1:00pm

Staff at the UFT Certification Department helps members navigate the certification process and rescues applications that are endangered because of bureaucratic oversights and other reasons.

Info you should know | October 5, 2017 - 12:02am

Paraprofessionals, including one-on-one paras, are entitled to a duty-free lunch period.

News stories | October 5, 2017 (All day)

No one could have known that a chance meeting a decade ago in the schoolyard at PS 45 on Staten Island would one day save a life.

Chapter news | September 7, 2017 - 12:06pm

Read more about professional development for paras, chapter updates via email, our Paraprofessional Festival and Awards Luncheon and career opportunities.

Feature stories | September 7, 2017 - 3:00am

Melissa Calderon, a paraprofessional and lead teacher assistent at Archer Elementary School in the Bronx, is a shining example of the benefits of the new role for teachers, students and paras.

Chapter news | June 9, 2017 - 4:00pm

Find out about certification for Level III paras, the upcoming constitutional convention, pay increases in May, paraprofessional PD opportunities, immigration rights and more.

Feature stories | May 4, 2017 - 11:28am

Those with disabilities today have “a world of opportunity ahead of them,” said Dr. Mary McInerney, the principal of the Richard H. Hungerford School on Staten Island, speaking of people like Marianna Pastena, a graduate of the District 75 school and now a paraprofessional there.

Chapter news | May 3, 2017 - 12:06pm

During the five-year period starting on July 1, 2016, Level III certified paraprofessionals are required to collect a total of 100 professional development hours, now called Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours, by a state-approved provider such as the UFT Teacher Center.

Chapter news | April 20, 2017 - 3:56pm

In June 2016, the Regents created a new local diploma option for students with disabilities who did not meet graduation standards through the existing appeal and safety net options.

News stories | April 6, 2017 - 5:12pm

Among the more than 1,000 paraprofessionals who attended the UFT’s 36th annual Paraprofessional Festival and Awards Luncheon, there was a common theme: a love for the work they do.

News briefs | April 6, 2017 - 3:24pm

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 22 that public schools must do more to accommodate students with disabilities in one of the most significant special education cases­ to reach the high court in decades.

Around the UFT | April 6, 2017 - 12:00pm

Among the 28 Staten Island paraprofessionals honored for their many years of service at the UFT’s District 75 Passion and Promise event on March 9 were 10 paras from the dedicated, close-knit staff of the Hungerford School.

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