News for Social Workers & Psychologists

News | May 1, 2014 - 9:11pm

The UFT and New York City leaders on May 1 announced a historic proposed nine-year contract that they said demonstrates the extraordinary progress possible in public schools when a city works in partnership with its educators. At a City Hall press conference, UFT President Michael Mulgrew called the proposed agreement the “contract for education.”

Union resolutions | April 9, 2014 - 11:06am

The UFT calls upon the New York State Department of Education to ensure that the NYSAA is revised so that it better accounts for the cognitive and functional level of students and ensure that the challenges of the NYSAA assessment do not unfairly penalize teachers through the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) process.

Around the UFT | March 6, 2014 - 1:00am

Some 450 members of the Social Workers and Psychologists Chapter met at union headquarters on Jan. 27 for their eighth annual Clinical Professional Development program.

News stories | March 6, 2014 - 12:22am

A 12-year-old autistic boy who went missing on Jan. 30 before arriving at his Queens school was found because of the quick detective work of school staff.

News stories | January 16, 2014 - 12:32am

Special education teachers have raised alarms about changes this year to the alternate assessment.One big concern is that the test, administered in stages throughout the year, can eat up more than 100 hours of class time.

Chapter news | January 3, 2014 - 6:26am

The Department of Education is keeping its field and central offices open on Jan. 3. The DOE is asking members based in those offices to report to work.

Union resolutions | December 11, 2013 - 11:27am

The UFT will remain mindful of the need to use inclusive and broad language whenever possible and appropriate in referring to its members, and tthe UFT’s members will be encouraged to use the word “members” instead of “teachers” when referring to the union’s membership.

News stories | November 14, 2013 - 12:32am

The UFT has called on the DOE to fix its flawed special education reform. Union officials say the reform has failed to prepare teachers to meet the needs of students with special needs and has resulted in many students with disabilities not receiving the resources or services outlined in their IEPs.

Vperspective | November 14, 2013 - 12:07am

With the encouragement and full support of President Mulgrew, I approached the Department of Education and Cornell University with a proposal to create a consortium to provide schools with a systemic and research-based approach to understanding, assessing and supporting positive student behavior.

What I do | November 14, 2013 - 12:01am

Danielle O’Connell has been a Hearing Education Services teacher for eight years, the last seven in a self-contained classroom of 12 children in grades 3-5 at P4 at PS 109 in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

News | November 6, 2013 - 8:00am

Bill de Blasio, who criticized the growing income inequality in the city and promised to restore respect for teachers and unions, was elected mayor of New York City on Nov. 5. In his victory speech, he painted a vision of a city where "we all rise together."

News stories | October 17, 2013 - 12:59pm

Robert D’Alessio, a special education teacher at the Abraham Lincoln School in Brooklyn, showed how teachers can advocate for themselves to help create the conditions where the greatest amount of student learning can occur.

Teacher to teacher | October 17, 2013 (All day)

You didn’t cause it, but one of the students sitting in front of you this year with learning disabilities or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have already given up on learning.

News stories | September 5, 2013 - 12:01am

Members should not work on the Special Education Student Information System (SESIS) outside their workday without written permission from their supervisors. Members should ask their supervisors in writing when they are expected to complete SESIS-related work.

News | August 14, 2013 - 11:23am

On July 22, 2013, Comptroller John Liu released an Audit Report on the Department of Education's Special Education Student Information System (SESIS). The data collected during the audit and audit findings strongly validate the systemic nature of the problems and concerns with this dysfunctional program.

News | August 14, 2013 - 11:20am

In June 2013, the Board of Regents adopted a new credential for students with disabilities. The Regents anticipate that most students with disabilities will be able to graduate with this credential as a supplement to their regular (Regents or local) diploma. The UFT has serious concerns about this credential.

News | August 8, 2013 - 6:16am

Chanting “Fight, fight, fight, education is a right!,” community residents and teachers and parents from District 75 school P 811M, housed in Harlem’s PS 149, held a press conference on July 10 to denounce the expansion of Eva Moskowitz’s Harlem Success Academy inside their shared school building.

News | July 18, 2013 - 5:41pm

The UFT notified its members on July 18 that a judge issued a Temporary Restraining Order that temporarily stops the city's Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit for health benefits. The union advised its members not to submit at this time any documents or participate in this verification process.

Know your rights | May 30, 2013 - 12:20pm

Looking ahead to the summer season, many UFT members apply for per-session positions. For school psychologists and social workers, Article 7 of the Department of Education contract covers, among other things, the rules governing the selection and retention of all per-session assignments, including after-school, weekend and summer work.

News stories | May 30, 2013 - 12:01am

Long before Henry Winkler stole the show on the hit sitcom “Happy Days,” he spent miserable years as the epitome of a student with undiagnosed dyslexia. That New York City child who was told that he was "stupid and lazy" was honored with the UFT’s prestigious John Dewey Award.

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