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Manhattan Parent Newsletter - June 19, 2017

Rob Robinson headshot June 2017This is me saying hello to you from PS 15, Roberto Clemente School, the site of the UFT and Disney FirstBook event on June 10! Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

This will be my last newsletter of the 2016-17 academic year. With graduation at all levels coming up, I want to wish everyone congratulations on getting your children through another year! It's never easy, so hats off to you all.

Having completed my first full month as the Manhattan parent and community liaison, I've spent a lot of time meeting with staffers, parent leaders and stakeholders throughout the six school districts of Manhattan. In listening to the issues, needs and goals that are at the top of their lists, I've gotten a sense of the support that we at the UFT can offer parents. With that in mind, check out details below for our UFT Manhattan parent summer workshop series and other events and resources for the summer.

I’m looking forward to a productive summer — a precursor to a strong 2017-18 school year.


Rob Robinson
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

UFT Manhattan summer workshops

Space is limited for our summer workshop series, and reservation is available on a first-come, first-served basis. So, register early!

  • Saturday, July 15: The first workshop in our series will be a special education workshop about Understanding the Individualized Education Program (IEP). It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. RSVP online now »
  • Saturday, Aug. 5: The second workshop in our series will be part one of a parent leadership training. We'll focus on how parents can influence school budgets through Title I funding and the Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP). It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. RSVP online now »
  • Saturday, Sept. 9: The third and final workshop in the series will be part two of a parent leadership training. We'll discuss how to run Parent-Teacher Association, Parent Association and School Leadership Team meetings using Robert's Rules of Order and parliamentary procedure. It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. RSVP online now »

Other upcoming events

  • Wednesday, June 21: The State University of New York runs Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) laboratories throughout the city to help with job training and professional development. Come to an open house to apply for jobs and register for classes, including Microsoft certification classes, child care, high school equivalency and English as a second language. The open house will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 2965 8th Ave. Wear professional attire and bring a resume. For more information, call 518-207-7867 or email
  • Saturday, Oct. 21: Save the date for the UFT Manhattan parent conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. There will be workshops, food, networking, giveaways and more. I'll be in touch with registration information soon. In the meantime, to get involved with planning or suggest a workshop topic, email me at

News you can use

  • Paid internships and job training for young adults at The Door in Manhattan: The Door, a youth development organization in lower Manhattan, offers several summer internships and job training programs. Young adults can get Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training, work as a mason doing outdoor repairs, do activist work, get help with college preparation and more. Learn more and apply »
  • Apply for seasonal work with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation: The city Department of Parks and Recreation is hiring gardeners, lifeguards and plenty of other positions for the summer. Find out more »
  • Share your child’s college graduation photo: As Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pushes school vouchers as an alternative to “failing” public schools, we want to showcase how New York City public schools have graduated students who were ready to take on the challenges of college. Do you have a child who graduated from college or is completing a graduate or professional degree this spring? Did that child previously attend a NYC public high school? Please use our #PublicSchoolProud college grad online form to share a photo of the new college grad wearing cap and gown.
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