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Around the UFT | May 7, 2015 >>
Students and their teachers gathered at the UFT on April 17 for the BRAVE Video Awards ceremony, with screenings, pizza, popcorn and plaques.
News stories | April 2, 2015 >>
In a single year, the UFT has helped 10,000 members meet a new state certification requirement by providing the mandated training on the Dignity for All Students Act at weekend and weekday workshops throughout the city.
News stories | December 4, 2014 >>
The Be BRAVE Against Bullying Conference on Oct. 28 provided participants with strategies to confront bullying, wherever it occurs. The theme of this year's conference was “Peace Begins with You.”
Feature stories | June 26, 2014 >>
The Safe and Caring program at PS 88 in Ridgewood is helping foster social and emotional development in the students.
Around the UFT | April 17, 2014 >>
Raised flags representing all the countries of the world and a wish for universal peace capped a UFT program honoring the lives and continuing work of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Dalai Lama at union headquarters.
Testimony regarding the treatment of LGBT students, family and staff in the New York City public school system
Testimony | February 25, 2014 >>
UFT Vice President for Career and Technical Education Sterling Roberson testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education on the treatment of LGBT students, families and staff in the New York City public school system.
Info you should know | February 6, 2014 >>
A six-hour course in the prevention and intervention of bullying, discrimination and harassment is now required for certification by the New York State Dignity for All Act.
Around the UFT | August 8, 2013 >>
The UFT took its anti-bullying campaign to Richmond County Ballpark in Staten Island on June 21, with thousands of students, parents and fans cheering and waving banners to Be Brave Against Bullying. As the Staten Island Yankees took on the Hudson Valley Renegades at the team’s annual Invite the Kids School Night, Bryan Stromer, a senior at the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, threw out the first ball.
News briefs | May 30, 2013 >>
Bullied students experience higher rates of anxiety, depression, and problems of physical health and social adjustment, all of which can persist into adulthood.
News stories | May 16, 2013 >>
Strategies to turn “bystanders” into “upstanders” when bullying occurs were extensively explored at the UFT Be Brave Against Bullying Conference on May 2 at union headquarters.
Editorial cartoons | April 11, 2013 >>
News stories | February 28, 2013 >>
Twenty-five city schools are being honored — eight for the second time — for their work creating programs that teach the importance of respecting others, celebrating diversity and creating a school culture free from bullying and harassment.The honors were announced at the kickoff of Respect for All Week on Feb. 12 at PS 380 in Brooklyn.
News stories | February 14, 2013 >>
With nearly 40 exhibitors on hand, teachers, guidance counselors, parents, administrators and others who turned out for the union’s anti-bullying fair at UFT headquarters on Jan. 29 found a range of new resources, programs and ideas to bring back to their schools.
News briefs | February 14, 2013 >>
Gay and bisexual teens are far less likely to be bullied at age 19 or 20 than when they are 13 or 14, says the first long-term study on how the problem changes over time. But even with the overall decline, young gay men face more bullying than their lesbian peers.
Around the UFT | November 22, 2012 >>
The 8th-grade class at JHS 157 in Queens — all 350 students — marched to a movie theater a mile away from their school to view the documentary film “Bully” on Nov. 9. Guidance counselor Shimona Shriki reported that “some students were teary-eyed and silent while others wanted to talk about it.”
Around the UFT | November 22, 2012 >>
More than 250 parents and family members came to Manhattan District 5’s first Anti-Bullying and Safety Conference on Oct. 27 at PS/MS 46. Parents had their choice of workshops to attend, with topics such as cyberbullying, violence prevention, gang awareness, positive behavior intervention systems, healthy relationships, Stand Up and Lead: Bullying Solutions and more.
Around the UFT | November 1, 2012 >>
Transforming the culture of a school is a tall order, but that’s precisely what PS/MS 278 Chapter Leader Jim Tierney has done with his anti-bullying work, for which the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of New York City awarded him its inaugural Safe Schools Leadership Award at its 32nd annual awards dinner on Oct. 15.
News stories | May 24, 2012 >>
More than 200 educators came to UFT headquarters on May 10 for a conference on combating bullying that was jointly sponsored by the union and the Council for Unity. The conference featured a keynote address by the director of the documentary “Bully,” an array of workshops, and a panel discussion with activists from a wide range of backgrounds.
Feature stories | April 19, 2012 >>
The UFT on March 30 hosted a debut screening of Lee Hirsch’s documentary “Bully,” to draw attention to the film and the important topic it brings to gut-wrenching life. “Bullying is a serious problem in our schools,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew during the Q-and-A with Hirsch following the screening. “We want more people to see this film because it can drive people to change.”
News briefs | April 19, 2012 >>
A resolution has been reached in the monthlong clash between the Motion Picture Association of America, which rates the age-appropriateness of movies, and the makers of the documentary “Bully” over the film’s rating. The film was granted a PG-13 rating and released nationwide on April 13 after the producers agreed to edit out three uses of an expletive.