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Topics in the News:
Testimony regarding bullying, harassment and discrimination in NYC schools and protecting LGBTQ and other vulnerable students
Testimony | October 19, 2016 >>
UFT Vice President for Career and Technical Education Sterling Roberson testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding bullying, harassment and discrimination in NYC schools and protecting LGBTQ and other vulnerable students.
News stories | June 2, 2016 >>
David Kazansky, the founder of the UFT's anti-bullying campaign, was the surprise honoree at the annual Be BRAVE Against Bullying Conference on May 6.
News | January 28, 2016 >>
The UFT's BRAVE campaign will be holding a workshop called Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying: An Introduction to the Dignity for All Students Act.
News | January 14, 2016 >>
As part of its campaign to Build Respect Acceptance and Voice through Education, the United Federation of Teachers’ BRAVE Program is holding a video contest to highlight the efforts made by schools to create environments free of discrimination and harassment.
Linking to learning | January 7, 2016 >>
Digital Citizenship can be defined as navigating through online media responsibly, effectively and safely. Teaching these skills helps students think through ethical dilemmas they encounter online every day in order to ultimately make better decisions.
Around the UFT | December 3, 2015 >>
Rosanna Giannuzzi, a 5th-grade teacher at PS/IS 180 the SEEALL Academy in Borough Park, Brooklyn, knows her students are on the brink of big changes in their lives.
News stories | September 10, 2015 >>
The UFT offers low-cost workshops that meet the state’s Dignity for All Students Act six-hour training requirement for state certification. DASA seeks to ensure all students attend school in an environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying.
Editorials | September 10, 2015 >>
The New York State Department of Education took an important step this summer by publishing its first guidelines to help schools uphold the rights and address the needs of transgender students.
News stories | September 10, 2015 >>
What pronoun should an educator use when addressing a transgender student? What restroom and changing room should that student use? How can educators create a safe environment for these students in their school? These are a few of the questions addressed as part of the six-hour DASA training.
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.