News for Speech Improvement

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.

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.

News | September 28, 2017 - 3:29pm

UFT-represented employees who averaged more than five minutes per week of SESIS use between January 2013 and June 2016 will receive payment for their work in SESIS on the Sept. 29 payroll (for in-service employees on the Q bank) or the Oct. 6 payroll (for in-service employees on the H bank). Retirees will receive their check via a supplementary payoll.

Around the UFT | July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

It's the final graduating class of speech language pathologists from a special program in which Western Kentucky University provided the online coursework and the UFT Teacher Center provided school-based clinical experience.

What I do | June 1, 2017 - 12:02pm

Liz Galvin at PS 46 on Staten Island is tasked with identifying and addressing learning issues before students are referred for evaluation for special education.

Around the UFT | June 1, 2017 - 12:00pm

Colorful art and creative projects lined the walls of the union’s Shanker Hall this year for the union’s 11th annual Better Speech and Hearing Month celebration on May 11.

Chapter news | May 18, 2017 - 4:44pm

This information concerns make-up services, an issue that all providers have been struggling with this year, and location of services, which is a bigger issue in District 75 but also affects many district providers.

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 | 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 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.

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.

Chapter news | March 24, 2017 - 12:00pm

Good news on CTLE and CEU requirements, per session hours for speech teachers, differentials for teachers with speech-language pathology licenses, IEP-mandated services: protections for speech therapy, appropriate uses of your new Chromebooks, shortage-area payments are on their way and make-up sessions and location of services.

Chapter news | March 10, 2017 - 3:28pm

Due to the new agreement and other work-related changes, the committee has extended the nomination deadline for our 11th Annual Better Speech and Hearing Month celebration. You now have until Friday, March 17 to submit a nomination to recognize the great work of your colleagues, your students and yourself.

Chapter news | February 18, 2017 - 3:52pm

Read about nominations for Better Speech and Hearing Month awards, the Labor Management Committee, per session hours, issues with NYCAPS, space, supplies and Chrome Book updates, Medicaid, shortage area issues and IEP-mandated services.

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.

Chapter news | December 23, 2016 - 4:03pm

It has been great to see so many of you at meetings about the new Medicaid agreement and SESIS settlement. It's my hope that you will continue to attend meetings and invite me to your local meetings so I can speak to you throughout the year.

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

The UFT and the DOE on Nov. 18 signed an agreement that addresses the challenging working conditions that speech teachers have faced when documenting their work with children with speech and language delays in the SESIS system.

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.

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