News for Paraprofessionals

News | October 19, 2018 - 1:39pm

The tentative DOE-UFT contract announced on Oct. 11 features important improvements for paraprofessionals, including job protections like due process rights similar to those of teachers. 

News | October 12, 2018 - 8:45pm

UFT members now have the opportunity to vote on the new UFT-DOE contract after the Delegate Assembly voted overwhelmingly at a special meeting on Oct. 12 to send the agreement to the membership.

News stories | October 4, 2018 - 12:53pm

Two longtime UFT legends stepped down as officers of the union and their replacements were voted in by the Executive Board on Sept. 24. Mel Aaronson, who served as treasurer of the union since 1998, will be replaced by pension trustee Debra Penny, while Mary Jo Ginese, until recently the leader of the Supervisors of Nurses and Therapists Chapter, will take over for Carmen Alvarez, who has been the vice president for special education since 1990. 


Info you should know | October 4, 2018 - 1:00am

Paraprofessionals are core members of every school community, and this year is the kickoff of the 50th anniversary of the UFT’s Paraprofessionals Chapter. To recognize paras and this special anniversary, UFT members are encouraged to honor a paraprofessional who has made outstanding contributions to their school, community and union. 

Chapter news | July 11, 2018 - 9:19am

The Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at CUNY is offering the Leap to Teacher program for paraprofessionals interested in continuing their higher education.

News | June 11, 2018 - 11:00am

Download the presentations from the UFT's Safety and Health trainings on June 7, 2018. 

Around the UFT | June 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

There’s a new mural outside 751M in the East Village that staff members say captures the diversity, individuality and love of the nearly 60 students who created it.

Around the UFT | June 7, 2018 - 2:00am

High school students at P 373, a District 75 school at the Brooklyn Transition Center, brought the house down on May 15 with an original performance chronicling the beginning of the Temptations singing group and the history of Motown music from Diana Ross to Michael Jackson.

News stories | May 3, 2018 - 4:07pm

Educators from District 75 sites throughout the city wore blue on April 11 to bring awareness to autism spectrum disorders and Down syndrome and to advocate for acceptance, understanding and inclusion for their students.

What I do | May 3, 2018 - 1:00am

Adaptive physical education teachers help improve students’ locomotor skills, object control skills, perceptual motor function and physical fitness in a setting that focuses on differentiating instruction so it is developmentally and socially appropriate. Adaptive phys ed must be on a student’s IEP.

News stories | April 5, 2018 - 1:00am

State Assemblywoman Stacey Amato — a former paraprofessional — called paras “the backbone of every classroom in every school,” at the 37th annual Paraprofessional Festival and Awards Luncheon on March 10 that drew nearly 1,000 paras to the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan to celebrate each other and their profession.


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.

Feature stories | March 1, 2018 - 1:00am

The Riverview Café is open for business at Riverview HS in Long Island City, giving students with disabilities who run the cafe real-world work experience.

Chapter news | February 1, 2018 - 9:19am

The Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at CUNY is offering the Leap to Teacher program for paraprofessionals interested in continuing their higher education.

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.

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.

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