Info you should know

November 3, 2016

New state certification requirements

During the five-year period starting on July 1, 2016, professionally certified teachers and Level III certified paraprofessionals are required to collect a total of 100 professional development hours, now called Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours.

September 8, 2016

New breast-pumping benefit for mothers

A New York City Health Benefits Program improvement now available to city workers covered by GHI CBP makes breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling available with no co-pay or deductible.

Phone lines set to open for Dial-A-Teacher

The phones at Dial-A-Teacher, the UFT’s long-running homework help line, will start ringing again this school year on Monday, Sept. 19.

July 7, 2016

‘Visit’ a doctor by phone or online

Telemedicine, which provides online consultations with doctors, dieticians and other providers, is available now for UFT members employed by the Department of Education who are GHI subscribers.

June 2, 2016

Power to the patient: Online scheduling

The newly enhanced New York City Health Benefits Program makes finding a doctor and booking an appointment as easy as 1-2-click for DOE-employed UFT members covered by GHI CBP or HIP HMO plans.

May 5, 2016

NYC tests water in schools for lead

New York City began retesting water in all schools built before 1986 in the wake of the discovery of high levels of lead in the water in Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey, schools.

How teacher ratings will be calculated this school year

Grades 3-8 English language arts and math state assessments will not be used as part of teachers’ evaluations this year and the next three school years. There is no change for high school teachers.


April 7, 2016

Apply for a teacher leadership position through May 15

The 2014 contract created an expanded career ladder for teachers, offering them opportunities to be instructional leaders and compensation for their time and commitment.

Free e-books for low-income children

Teachers and other staff working in Title I schools can register children for the Open eBooks app, which offers thousands of best-selling books to low-income children to read for free.

March 3, 2016

Time to apply for study sabbaticals

The deadlines for submitting an application via SOLAS for a study sabbatical for the 2016–17 school year is March 17.

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