News for Social Workers & Psychologists

Feature stories | May 4, 2017 - 1:00am

Single Shepherd program making a big difference for middle-school students at PS/MS 31 in the Bronx.

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.

National education and labor news | 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.

What I do | April 6, 2017 - 12:00pm

A decade as a school social worker has only strengthened Bernice Richards’ belief that no student is beyond saving — certainly not while she’s on the case.

Chapter news | March 28, 2017 - 3:54pm

Schools are no longer required to request prior approval from the State Education Department to administer state assessments over multiple days. And beginning with the 2017 test administration, students with disabilities who have the “tests read” accommodation on their individualized education programs (IEPs) or Section 504 accommodation plans (504 plans) must be provided with this accommodation for all sections of the test.

Editorials | February 2, 2017 - 3:28pm

The six million students with disabilities in public schools around the country will suffer the most if Betsy DeVos expands for-profit charters and private-school vouchers nationwide.

News stories | December 1, 2016 - 12:00pm

The DOE on Nov. 18 agreed to provide $33 million in back pay to thousands of UFT members who have spent many hours outside their regular workday since Jan. 1, 2013 logging student data onto the DOE's SESIS system.

Feature stories | December 1, 2016 - 12:00pm

All the staff at PS 55 in the South Bronx, which is part of the Positive Learning Collaborative, speak common language, which is about listening to the student, validating the student’s emotions and providing tools so the student can better manage his or her feelings.

Chapter news | November 21, 2016 - 5:00pm

Email sent to school social workers and psychologists on Nov. 21 regarding work time.

Feature stories | November 3, 2016 - 1:26pm

The guidance counselor and social worker at PS 203 in Queens believe in the same things, finish each other's sentences and walk the hallways in tandem. The school's successful character education program is a march of of the strength of their collaboration.

Vperspective | November 3, 2016 - 1:00pm

The centrally funded IEP teacher role has been reenvisioned to focus on identifying and addressing learning issues before students are referred for evaluation.

Union resolutions | June 15, 2016 - 9:27am

The United Federation of Teachers will work with the Department of Education to change the rotation system so that guidance counselors and social workers in the ATR pool will be assigned to schools for a sufficient period so that they can continue to serve the children of NYC.

Around the UFT | May 5, 2016 - 1:00am

Nearly 400 social workers gathered at UFT headquarters in Manhattan on April 8 for a full-day workshop, “Collaboration and Inspiration: School Social Workers as Leaders, Advocates and Brokers for Change,” organized by the UFT and the Department of Education’s Office of Guidance and School Counseling.

News stories | March 3, 2016 - 12:32am

UFT members who had questions about Integrated Co-Teaching classes now have a blueprint of rules and protocols that schools should follow in serving students with disabilities.

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.

Vperspective | January 7, 2016 (All day)

The No. 1 special education issue in schools is pressure to fit students into the programs and services that are available in the school even if the programs and services did not meet the student’s needs.

Chapter news | December 21, 2015 - 10:39am

Read about per session postings, plans to hire more psychologists and social workers for SBSTs, Teacher Union Day, our PD day for new clinicians, the tenure extension for new hires, professional development, a clarification on our work schedule and our chapter calendar.

News | December 11, 2015 - 9:33am

There is a new computer-based assessment from Dynamic Learning Maps that will be used for Alternate Assessment students in ELA and math in 2016.

New teacher profiles | December 3, 2015 - 1:00am

In her time as a paraprofessional, Carolyn Bonaparte-Jones has assisted many fine special education teachers, but no one came close to Laila Elhanafy. “From the first day of school, everyone loved Laila," she said.

Chapter news | October 23, 2015 - 11:56am

Email sent to school social workers and psychologists on Oct. 23 regarding regarding work time.

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