NYS-Mandated and Educational Workshops

The UFT offers a number of workshops for educators.

Mandated Workshops

To help you fulfill Department of Education requirements for staff development and licensure, UFT Educational Programs offer a variety of workshops and seminars especially for new teachers:

Child Abuse Recognition Workshops

The New York State Education Department requires all teachers who are seeking initial or permanent state certification to take a workshop in how to recognize and report suspicion of child abuse. It covers definitions of child abuse, indications that it has happened, and what procedures you should follow if you suspect that one of your students has been abused. New York State mandates that you must be present at the start of the workshop in order to receive the state certification. All workshops begin promptly. No late admission will be permitted.

The UFT offers this workshop to its members for a $25 fee, payable in non-refundable check or money order. Non-members pay $50 in non-refundable money order only. All fees to be made payable to UFT/Child Abuse. For information, call 212-475-3737.

The Needs of Children with Autism

The New York State Education Department requires all teachers who are seeking initial or professional state certification in special education take a three-hour workshop in the needs of children with autism. It covers definitions, etiology, prevalence, characteristics, evidence-based instructional methods/interventions, behavior management and positive behavioral supports, effective collaboration and resources and supports. All workshops begin promptly at the scheduled starting time. New York State mandates that you must be present at the start of the workshop in order to receive a certificate of completion. No late admission will be permitted.

The UFT offers this workshop to its members for a $25 fee, payable in non-refundable check or money order (made payable to UFT/Autism). Non-members pay $50 in non-refundable money order only. For information, call 212-475-3737.

Violence & Prevention Training

The New York State Education Department requires all teachers who are seeking initial or permanent state certification to take this workshop. School staffers can use techniques and practical approaches to avoid and defuse violent situations in school. This workshop gives participants an understanding of the dynamics of assaultive, aggressive behavior and tools to avoid becoming victimized in school. Participants are asked to arrive a half-hour before the workshop begins.

A $25 registration fee must be received at least two weeks prior to workshop date; non-members may enroll with a $50 money order. No refunds will be made. Enrollment is limited to 35 participants.  For information, call 212-701-9413.

Dignity for All Students (DASA) Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention

Only teachers and school-related professionals applying for NYS certification must take this state mandated six-hour workshop. If you are not sure if you require this workshop, contact the certification department at 212-420-1830. The goals of this workshop are to:

  • Understand the intent components, and operational definitions of the Dignity Act
  • Develop sensitivity to the experience of specific student populations
  • Understand how school climate and culture have an impact on student achievement and behavior
  • Understand bullying, harassment and discrimination, including indicators, early warning signs, prevention and intervention and how to interact with families of victims and aggressors
  • Understand diversity and multi-cultural environments and examining your own biases.

This workshop meets the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) training requirement of the NYS Education Department for state certification. Enrollment is limited to 50 participants. The UFT offers this workshop to UFT members for a $50 fee for pedagogues and $25 fee for paraprofessionals, payable in non-refundable check or money order (made payable to UFT). All fees, payable to the UFT, are NON-REFUNDABLE. Mail-in registration must be received at the UFT Headquarters at least two weeks prior to workshop date. After mail-in registration is received, you will receive a confirmation of your registration. Online registration is not available for this course.

Participants are asked to arrive a half-hour before the workshop begins. Please check the New York Teacher for any additional workshops or possible schedule changes. For further information, call 1-212-598-9287.


Stress Management Workshops

One of the many challenges facing the teaching profession is learning to deal with the tensions of a classroom environment. The Stress Management Program has been created by the UFT TCourse Program to aid teachers in dealing with these pressures, both at school and at home. Some of the workshops incorporate yoga lessons as a stress-management tool. They are offered free to all UFT members. For further information, call a UFT Course Program assistant at 212-475-3737.

Stress management workshops are offered only in the Spring and Fall semesters.


Elementary School Workshops

UFT Elementary Schools Vice President Karen Alford has scheduled Spring and Fall semester workshops for UFT members in elementary schools. Each workshop is limited to 35 participants. These workshops are open to teachers who wish to upgrade their teaching skills. They are NOT for college credit. Please read the class descriptions carefully. Registration fees are refundable only if a workshop is canceled.

On the workshop date, please see lobby security at the course location for the exact room location. Be sure to bring a picture ID. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Elementary school workshops are offered only in the Spring and Fall semesters.


Middle School Workshops

UFT JHS/IS Vice President Richard Mantell has scheduled Spring and Fall semester workshops for UFT members in middle schools. Some sessions are for both middle and high school teachers. These workshops are open to teachers who wish to upgrade their teaching skills. They are NOT for college credit. Please read the class descriptions carefully. Registration fees are refundable only if a workshop is canceled.

No confirmation letters will be sent. A reminder letter will be mailed to all registrants approximately one week before the scheduled workshop. On the workshop date, please see lobby security at the course location for the exact room location. Be sure to bring a picture ID. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Middle school workshops are offered only in the Spring and Fall semesters.


High School Workshops

UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds and UFT Vice President for Career and Technical Education High Schools Sterling Roberson have scheduled the workshops below. Some are specifically tailored to UFT members working in high schools; others are for both middle and high school teachers. Please read the class descriptions carefully.

These workshops are NOT for college credit. Registration fees are refundable only if a workshop is canceled. They are open to teachers who wish to upgrade their teaching skills or participate in professional dialogue about their teaching career.

No confirmation letters will be sent. A reminder letter will be mailed to all registrants approximately one week before the scheduled workshop. On the workshop date, please see lobby security at UFT Headquarters for the exact room location. Be sure to bring a picture ID. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

High school workshops are offered only in the Spring and Fall semesters.

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