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December 20, 2012

Certification primer, Part 2

Our previous article in the Nov. 22 issue explained the requirements and deadlines for the most common types of state certification — the initial and professional certificates. But what if you hold a different certificate?

November 22, 2012

UFT certification & licensing team at your service

Do you know which state certificate you hold? Your requirements under that certificate? Your deadlines for completing those requirements? If you’re like most new teachers you’re confused about these things and more. And these are not just academic questions: You could run into trouble and even lose your job if you don’t understand what to do and when to do it.

October 18, 2012

Creating alliances for student success

Teaching can often feel like an isolating experience, especially for newer teachers. But there’s no need to feel alone. In fact, reaching out to others in your school community — parents, paraprofessionals and colleagues — is a good way to create support systems for yourself and enlist allies in the education of your students.

September 27, 2012

Sources for courses

Sept. 12 was the second and final day to register in person for fall courses offered by the union. Teachers from all over the city came to UFT headquarters that afternoon to get guidance on what courses to register for from experts from the Teacher Center and the union’s Department of Licensing and Certification.

June 14, 2012

Maintain professional files at home

Suppose you’re ready to apply for your professional or permanent state certificate. Would you be able to put your hands on the documents you will need to prove that you have completed your required courses and credits and fulfilled all state mandates? You would if you’ve developed a system for maintaining professional files at home.

May 10, 2012

Certification deadlines loom for thousands of newer teachers

Newer teachers need to take care of some important state certification business immediately. It’s especially urgent that you meet any upcoming deadlines if you are at risk of termination or if your current certificate is near its expiration date.

April 5, 2012

Restlessness: A rite of spring?

With warm weather around the corner, students may become restless. Teachers trying to complete a demanding course of study by June will be doubly challenged if students misbehave. That’s why at this time of year teachers often find themselves brushing off those classroom management strategies they used when the school year began.

March 8, 2012

Certification requires proof of teaching experience

You may not realize it, but as a candidate for a professional teaching certificate you will need to provide proof of three years of teaching experience. This information isn’t automatically reported to the New York State Education Department by your school. You’ll have to gather your proof and submit it.

February 2, 2012

Licensing and certification checkup

Do you know what state certificate you hold? Your requirements under that certificate? Your deadlines for completing requirements? What city license you’re appointed under? The UFT gets many questions from newer teachers looking for clear and reliable answers about certification, licensing and appointment.

December 22, 2011

A Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers

Recommended by Margrit Pittman-Polletta, PS 24, Brooklyn: I get great ideas from “A Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers” (http://justiceplanbook.com) which is filled with resources for teachers of all grade levels and subjects, including links to lesson plans.

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