Positive Learning Collaborative


The Positive Learning Collaborative (PLC) is a joint initiative of the United Federation of Teachers and the New York City Department of Education that supports schools in creating a positive learning environment. PLC uses an approach that is both holistic and data-driven to ensure that every adult in a given school has the skills and tools they need to guide the successful development and learning of all children.

Who we are

We are a team of experienced New York City educators committed to a proactive approach toward building positive school environments. Through intensive training and direct consultation with school staffs, we equip educators with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to safely and effectively anticipate behavior challenges in their schools so that they may prevent crises and, ultimately, help students focus on academic goals.

What we do

Our work at each school begins with the implementation of Cornell University’s four-day certification course, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools. We believe that change can only truly occur when an entire school community uses the same language about behavior, enabling them to establish internal systems that support adults in their teaching and students in learning.

Training is only the beginning. PLC provides classroom consultation to assist in the implementation of therapeutic crisis intervention; positive behavior interventions and support; social- emotional learning skills; and restorative practices. 

To ensure success, PLC has developed an in-depth survey measuring and analyzing a school’s climate. Our team collaborates with every school to develop an individualized, faculty-driven action plan that addresses areas of need identified in the staff’s survey results. This ensures that faculty participate in the school's decision-making process

Signs of success

We are excited to report that preliminary results collected in 2015 show that schools participating in our collaborative have had a 53 percent improvement in school culture, a 46 percent drop in student suspensions by the school administration or superintendent, and an overall 40 percent reduction in reported behavior incidents.

Learn more

To learn more about our program or about how your school can participate in the Positive Learning Collaborative, please email us at PLC@uft.org or call 1-212-701-9499.

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Florence King and her son, Gary King, share a smile over the award she received

The UFT celebrated its 57th anniversary as a union at Teacher Union Day on Nov. 5, and sent the executive director of the UFT Welfare Fund, Artie Pepper, into retirement with the prestigious Charles Cogen Award.

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