News for Social Workers & Psychologists

Chapter news | October 9, 2015 - 11:56am

We are happy to let you know about additional positions for school social workers and psychologists for school-based Committee on Special Education (CSE) SBST teams for the current school year.

Feature stories | October 1, 2015 - 10:00am

I spent most of the day trying to meet as many kids as possible, doing my best to make them feel comfortable and welcome. I know that feeling of coming into high school and feeling overwhelmed.

Vperspective | July 10, 2015 - 12:12am

The Positive Learning Collaborative is working with 16 schools to help create classrooms free of bullying, drama and conflict so all children can learn while respecting the humanity of teacher and child. We are already seeing exceptional results. 


Feature stories | May 7, 2015 - 8:00am

Music teacher Adam Goldberg has created a technology band at PS 177, a District 75 school in Fresh Meadows, where some students play traditional instruments and others play the iPad. Playing music on the iPad provides a unique form of self-expression for special needs students.

What I do | April 2, 2015 - 9:00am

For three years, school psychologist Reid Olmstead has counseled special-needs students at P 186, a District 75 school for special-needs students in the Morrisania section of the Bronx.

Around the UFT | March 5, 2015 - 12:02am

Nearly 400 school social workers and psychologists attended the ninth annual Clinical Professional Development for the Social Workers and Psychologists Chapter at UFT headquarters on Feb. 9.

Chapter news | February 23, 2015 - 10:37am

The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA), The New York State School Social Workers' Association (NYSSWA) and Columbia School of Social Work (CSSW) are proud to announce their inaugural School Social Work Conference.

Chapter news | January 13, 2015 - 11:27am

Find out more about upcoming meetings, reports on social worker-student ratios, workload conditions, paperwork, professional development, the turning 5 process, consultation issues, LYFE social workers, CEUs for license renewal, upcoming conventions, signing up for email and text messages, and a member spotlight.

News stories | December 4, 2014 - 1:00am

Literacy rates for students with disabilities are abysmal and better teacher training and evidence-based reading instruction are crucial to improve outcomes, say advocates for students with special needs, who sounded the alarm at an Oct. 28 City Council Committee hearing devoted to special education instruction.


News stories | December 4, 2014 (All day)

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law on Nov. 5 a bill that will require the Department of Education to report more information on guidance counselors and social workers in public schools. 


Vperspective | November 6, 2014 - 1:00am

Our new contract provides welcome time for professional development, parent engagement and other professional work. Now how best to use it? The ASD Nest program offers a valuable model.

Testimony | October 28, 2014 - 10:18am

Vice President for Special Education Carmen Alvarez testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education and Sub-Committee on Non-Public Schools about the Int. 0435 bill mandating special education services reporting.

Chapter news | October 10, 2014 - 10:09am

Information on the reconfigured workday, ATRs and important dates.

News stories | June 26, 2014 - 5:11pm

In the wake of the death of Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic boy who disappeared from his Long Island City school in October, city and education officials are grappling with how to prevent students with a tendency to run off from leaving school buildings unattended.

Testimony | June 12, 2014 - 6:12pm

UFT Vice President for Special Education Carmen Alvarez testified that placing alarms on the exit doors of all elementary schools and all buildings that house District 75 programs, as Int. 0131 calls for, may help in alerting school staff once a child has left the building. But that should just be one piece of an overall plan to protect children who have a tendency to run.

News stories | June 5, 2014 - 11:59pm

UFT members overwhelmingly ratified a groundbreaking nine-year contract with the Department of Education on June 3. The contract passed with more than 77 percent of the roughly 90,000 votes, which were counted by the independent American Arbitration Association.

Chapter news | May 22, 2014 - 4:56pm

Every day, we social workers and psychologists work hard to address the social and emotional well-being of New York City's schoolchildren so that they might reach their full potential. The UFT's proposed new contract with the Department of Education recognizes and rewards our vital work and dedication and gives us tools to help us in our jobs.

Know your rights | May 15, 2014 - 1:46pm

Several years ago the UFT Guidance Counselors Chapter negotiated a way for counselors to resolve workload disputes.

News stories | May 15, 2014 - 12:30am

The UFT’s Delegate Assembly on May 7 overwhelmingly approved sending the proposed new Department of Education contract to the union’s members for a vote.

Vperspective | May 15, 2014 - 12:01am

In this column, Vice President for Education Carmen Alvarez share her thoughts on how the chancellor’s vision can be operationalized in the realm of special education.

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