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Topics in the News:
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.
News stories | December 4, 2014 >>
Literacy rates for students with disabilities are abysmal and better teacher training and evidence-based reading instruction are crucial to improve outcomes, say advocates for students with special needs, who sounded the alarm at an Oct. 28 City Council Committee hearing devoted to special education instruction.
What I do | December 4, 2014 >>
For 10 years, Orcutt has taught students from around the city who are blind or visually impaired strategies for learning and independence. "I tell them my job is to put myself out of a job," she says.
Chapter news | November 25, 2014 >>
We are writing to share important information about changes in the way you will add and remove students from your caseloads and record your "first attend" dates.
Vperspective | November 6, 2014 >>
Our new contract provides welcome time for professional development, parent engagement and other professional work. Now how best to use it? The ASD Nest program offers a valuable model.
Chapter news | November 5, 2014 >>
Minutes of the Nov. 5, 2014 consultation meeting of the UFT and NYC Department of Education
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.
Chapter news | October 1, 2014 >>
Minutes of the Oct. 1, 2014 consultation meeting of the UFT and NYC Department of Education
Chapter news | September 18, 2014 >>
The UFT identified a number of ways to reduce the time spent on SESIS. The union also pressed for standards in the area of progress reports and questioned the need for members to provide a variety of other information that is already available in SESIS.
Inside my classroom | September 4, 2014 >>
One of my goals as a new teacher was to create an organized, color-coded library system in my class to increase student independence in selecting and returning books to the library.
News stories | June 26, 2014 >>
In the wake of the death of Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic boy who disappeared from his Long Island City school in October, city and education officials are grappling with how to prevent students with a tendency to run off from leaving school buildings unattended.
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.
New teacher profiles | June 5, 2014 >>
Karen Lew, a second-year social studies teacher at IS 125 in Woodside, has created a hands-on curriculum that meets the needs of her self-contained classes.
Vperspective | May 15, 2014 >>
In this column, Vice President for Education Carmen Alvarez share her thoughts on how the chancellor’s vision can be operationalized in the realm of special education.
Union resolutions | April 9, 2014 >>
The UFT calls upon the New York State Department of Education to ensure that the NYSAA is revised so that it better accounts for the cognitive and functional level of students and ensure that the challenges of the NYSAA assessment do not unfairly penalize teachers through the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) process.
Around the UFT | January 16, 2014 >>
Students at PS 123 in Brooklyn were not happy about the conditions in the basement of their 100-year-old building, where they spend their recess and lunch time.
News stories | January 16, 2014 >>
Special education teachers have raised alarms about changes this year to the alternate assessment.One big concern is that the test, administered in stages throughout the year, can eat up more than 100 hours of class time.
News stories | December 19, 2013 >>
The DOE will be paying nearly $4 million to 12,465 UFT members in their Nov. 30 paychecks in the second round of payments to compensate them for the hundreds of hours beyond the normal school day they spent logging data onto the Special Education Student Information System.
News stories | November 14, 2013 >>
The UFT has called on the DOE to fix its flawed special education reform. Union officials say the reform has failed to prepare teachers to meet the needs of students with special needs and has resulted in many students with disabilities not receiving the resources or services outlined in their IEPs.
Vperspective | November 14, 2013 >>
With the encouragement and full support of President Mulgrew, I approached the Department of Education and Cornell University with a proposal to create a consortium to provide schools with a systemic and research-based approach to understanding, assessing and supporting positive student behavior.