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Topics in the News:
Positive Learning Collaborative
President's perspective | April 4, 2019 >>
How do we change the overall climate in our schools to reduce the conflicts that interfere with student learning and make suspensions necessary? Addressing that challenge is the mission of the Positive Learning Collaborative.
News stories | January 3, 2019 >>
The UFT welcomed newly elected and veteran state lawmakers to a breakfast forum on Dec. 18 to educate them about three union-backed education initiatives that need funding in the upcoming state budget: the UFT Teacher Center, UFT Community Learning Schools and the Positive Learning Collaborative.
News stories | April 5, 2018 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew and other educators at the Changing School Climate breakfast discussion on March 23 at union headquarters in Manhattan said the Positive Learning Collaborative and Community Learning Schools are proven methods to help students cope with emotional issues and improve school discipline.
Union resolutions | March 28, 2018 >>
The UFT reaffirms 1) the right of educators to shape professional development programming, including the creation of school-based climate equity teams, 2) increased counselor-to-student ratios, 3) social-emotional intelligence programs that matches the needs of students and their community.
Testimony regarding the DOE's response to incidents of bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools and efforts to improve school climate
Testimony | October 30, 2017 >>
UFT Director of Parent and Community Affairs Anthony Harmon testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding the Department of Education's response to incidents of bullying, harassment and discrimination in NYC schools and efforts to improve school climate.
Feature stories | October 5, 2017 >>
Meet a school counselor, a community school director and a 2nd-grade special education teacher as they kick off the new school year.
Teacher to teacher | September 7, 2017 >>
Classroom circles serve as a way to build relationships and resolve conflicts in classroom communities.
News stories | July 6, 2017 >>
Teacher’s Choice received a 63.5 percent increase in the final city budget, passed on June 6, bringing funding for the City Council’s popular program that reimburses educators for out-of-pocket spending on classroom supplies back up to its pre-recession high of more than $20 million.
News stories | June 1, 2017 >>
The UFT’s legislative breakfast on May 18 provided a forum for union leaders to make the case to 35 City Council members for city funding for the union’s education programs and initiatives.
Feature stories | May 4, 2017 >>
At the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, policies designed to foster mutual respect and cultivate empathy among students of different backgrounds paved the way for practices specific to the needs of transgender people.
Feature stories | December 1, 2016 >>
All the staff at PS 55 in the South Bronx, which is part of the Positive Learning Collaborative, speak common language, which is about listening to the student, validating the student’s emotions and providing tools so the student can better manage his or her feelings.
Op-Eds | August 8, 2016 >>
Children in crisis who are disrupting classrooms are not going to be helped by the latest plan by the city’s Department of Education to ban suspensions outright in grades K-2, and neither will the thousands of other children who will lose instruction as a result of those disruptions.
News stories | August 4, 2016 >>
When Russell White is confronted by hostile student behavior that threatens to disrupt the classroom, the last thing he wants to do is add fuel to the fire by responding in anger.
News stories | January 7, 2016 >>
“It’s amazing to see what’s happened at PS 369 in the Bronx,” Principal Jaleelah Cooke told state and local legislators gathered to learn more about the Positive Learning Collaborative at UFT headquarters on Dec. 10.
Vperspective | July 10, 2015 >>
The Positive Learning Collaborative is working with 16 schools to help create classrooms free of bullying, drama and conflict so all children can learn while respecting the humanity of teacher and child. We are already seeing exceptional results.
News stories | July 10, 2015 >>
Six workshops, including several led by classroom educators, drew many hundreds of UFT members and parents at the Spring Education Conference. Each hour-long workshop addressed aspects of urgent questions and issues in city schools right now.
Feature stories | January 8, 2015 >>
“The PLC has helped all of us get to know the children at a more human level,” says Christine Chavez, the principal of PS 45 on Staten Island. “We’re establishing routines and procedures to look at the child in an academic and a social way.” That level of commitment and focus has made PS 45 a model of what can be achieved by participating in the Positive Learning Collaborative program.
News stories | January 8, 2015 >>
The training at the heart of the Institute for Understanding Behavior — therapeutic crisis intervention — has been prescribed in the settlement of a lawsuit that challenged the practice of sending disruptive children to hospital emergency rooms.
Testimony regarding special education instruction and achievement & Int. 0435: Mandating Special Education Services Reporting
Testimony | October 28, 2014 >>
Vice President for Special Education Carmen Alvarez testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education and Sub-Committee on Non-Public Schools about the Int. 0435 bill mandating special education services reporting.
Testimony on a bill to mandate door alarms on all exit doors in all elementary schools and buildings with District 75 programs
Testimony | June 12, 2014 >>
UFT Vice President for Special Education Carmen Alvarez testified that placing alarms on the exit doors of all elementary schools and all buildings that house District 75 programs, as Int. 0131 calls for, may help in alerting school staff once a child has left the building. But that should just be one piece of an overall plan to protect children who have a tendency to run.