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Topics in the News:
Feature stories | September 10, 2015 >>
The workshop at PS 721, a District 75 school in Gravesend, Brooklyn is humming with activity: Students are focused on hammering, painting and gluing at different work stations. They’re building furniture for their new school library: a couch, stools, footrests, even iPad holders and bookstands. Their materials: sturdy cardboard, brown paper bags, grocery store boxes and plastic.
Linking to learning | July 10, 2015 >>
With adaptive technology, customization, and voice and touch controls, iPads have become mainstays in the special education classroom. Here are apps to explore if you are working with students with disabilities.
Around the UFT | June 4, 2015 >>
More than 200 UFT members, their family members and friends gathered at the Astoria Manor in Queens on May 14 for the 10th annual Friends of District 75 awards ceremony.
News stories | June 4, 2015 >>
At the top of the agenda of this 2015 NYSUT assembly was the union’s response to Gov. Cuo-mo’s attack on public education and educators. Four UFT leaders were honored
Feature stories | May 7, 2015 >>
Music teacher Adam Goldberg has created a technology band at PS 177, a District 75 school in Fresh Meadows, where some students play traditional instruments and others play the iPad. Playing music on the iPad provides a unique form of self-expression for special needs students.
Chapter news | March 31, 2015 >>
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.