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News | May 9, 2019 >>
“You have different skills, certification and education, but you all have the ability to stand up in the middle of chaos — no matter how crazy it gets — and say, ‘This person matters,’” Anne Goldman, the head of the Federation of Nurses/UFT and the UFT vice president for non-DOE members, told the nurses attending the union’s sixth annual Nurse Recognition Day on April 30.
Carmen Alvarez, the UFT’s first vice president for special education, and Ellen Procida, the former director of the union’s Grievance Department, both recently retired, were honored at the union’s HERstory brunch on March 31 at UFT headquarters in Manhattan.
Some 250 educators turned out for the UFT’s sixth annual Middle School Conference at union headquarters on March 30. The theme was William Shakespeare.
The power of team work was on display at the annual Academic High Schools Awards Celebration on April 12 at UFT headquarters in Manhattan, where outstanding city educators, public high schools and union activists were honored.
The turnout “exploded” — reaching 330 — at District 12’s April 13 Scholarship Committee breakfast at which 24 students were awarded new laptops.
News | April 16, 2019 >>
Here are some helpful instructions on how to register online for the 2019 Spring Education Conference.
News | March 28, 2019 >>
At this year's UFT Spring Education Conference on Saturday, May 18, at the New York Hilton, attendees will enjoy breakfast, a town hall, exhibits, new workshops, and a gala luncheon.
Around the UFT | January 3, 2019 >>
It was a day of wonder and thrills, a chance to fist-bump with the mighty Bumble Bee Transformer and dance with the Black Panther. But it was Santa Claus who won the hearts of the 120 children from homeless shelters across the city who lined up to whisper in his ear at the UFT’s annual holiday party, organized with the help of the Coalition for the Homeless, on Dec. 15.
News stories | December 6, 2018 >>
The union faced some of the gravest threats in its history over the past year. At Teacher Union Day, members celebrated how the UFT had emerged stronger than ever because they had banded together to face those challenges.
Around the UFT | July 5, 2018 >>
School secretaries have many responsibilities. But for Mona Gonzalez, who is stepping down as chapter leader, the job will always be about relationships. “The relationships and memories will last a lifetime,” she said after accepting the Annette Carlucci Celebration of Life Award at the union’s 32nd annual School Secretaries of the Year Awards Luncheon on June 2.
The UFT honored 180 high school students with $5,000 Albert Shanker Scholarships, and eight graduate students received awards to continue their studies, at a reception and ceremony in Shanker Hall at UFT headquarters in Manhattan on May 15.
Around the UFT | June 7, 2018 >>
“I’m so excited to be a part of District 11 — it’s like one big family,” said Jasmin Hunt, a teacher at PS 153 in the Bronx. Big is right. Nearly 550 members of that family turned out at Villa Barone Manor on April 25 for the second annual UFT District 11 Scholarship Dinner Dance.
Around the UFT | June 7, 2018 >>
A former IS 61 student returns to help salute an outstanding teacher honoree at the annual District 24 Scholarship Dinner Dance on April 24 at Russo’s On the Bay in Howard Beach, Queens.
Some 1,600 UFT members came together at the union’s Spring Education Conference to recharge and recommit to making New York City the best urban school system in the nation even as they face a serious threat to their livelihoods from the pending Supreme Court Janus v. AFSCME case.
In a spirited morning town hall on public education, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson called for more unrestricted funds to go to schools so classroom educators can decide how that money is spent.
Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza gave a rousing defense of public education and the unstoppable drive toward equity in his speech at the UFT’s Spring Education Conference.
For the fifth year in a row, UFT members laced up their running sneakers and hit the Coney Island boardwalk for the UFT’s 5K Run/Walk on May 5.
There was something for everyone at the Spring Education Conference’s bustling exhibit hall where members filled shopping bags with vendors’ giveaways and marveled at the accomplishments of the career and technical education high school students demonstrating their skills.
News stories | May 3, 2018 >>
Dedicated high school teachers and outstanding school chapters were honored at the fourth annual UFT Academic High School Awards Celebration on April 13.