Special Education News

Teacher to teacher | November 1, 2018

Structured teaching, an intervention for students with special needs, includes the physical organization of the classroom, individualized schedules, work/activity systems and visual organization of materials. There are elements of structured teaching from which all students — not just those with special needs — can benefit.
 


Know your rights | November 1, 2018

Here are some important things to know about IEPs, IEP team decisions, teacher assignments, ICT classes and self-contained classes if you work with students with disabilities.

News stories | October 4, 2018

Two longtime UFT legends stepped down as officers of the union and their replacements were voted in by the Executive Board on Sept. 24. Mel Aaronson, who served as treasurer of the union since 1998, will be replaced by pension trustee Debra Penny, while Mary Jo Ginese, until recently the leader of the Supervisors of Nurses and Therapists Chapter, will take over for Carmen Alvarez, who has been the vice president for special education since 1990. 


Around the UFT | June 7, 2018

There’s a new mural outside 751M in the East Village that staff members say captures the diversity, individuality and love of the nearly 60 students who created it.

Around the UFT | June 7, 2018

An array of projects by speech teachers and their students earned a place in the spotlight at the union's 12th annual Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration.

Around the UFT | June 7, 2018

High school students at P 373, a District 75 school at the Brooklyn Transition Center, brought the house down on May 15 with an original performance chronicling the beginning of the Temptations singing group and the history of Motown music from Diana Ross to Michael Jackson.

News | June 1, 2018

Co-teachers in integrated co-teaching classes and English as a new language teachers who provide standalone and/or integrated instruction have the right to file reorganization grievances if they are programmed to have an unreasonable number of class preparations or multiple different rooms in which they teach. Reorganization grievances must be filed within two days of receiving the program through the chapter leader.   

News stories | May 3, 2018

Educators from District 75 sites throughout the city wore blue on April 11 to bring awareness to autism spectrum disorders and Down syndrome and to advocate for acceptance, understanding and inclusion for their students.

What I do | May 3, 2018

Adaptive physical education teachers help improve students’ locomotor skills, object control skills, perceptual motor function and physical fitness in a setting that focuses on differentiating instruction so it is developmentally and socially appropriate. Adaptive phys ed must be on a student’s IEP.

National education and labor news | February 1, 2018

The U.S. Department of Education announced on Jan. 11 that the Texas Education Agency ran afoul of federal law by failing to provide adequate special education services in the state’s public schools.

Vperspective | February 1, 2018

With this new non-test-based diploma option, there are now five safety-net local diploma options for students with disabilities. There is reason for both excitement and concern. 


Teacher to teacher | December 7, 2017

When working on my doctoral degree in educational psychology, I embarked on a journey to explore the home-school connection for students with special needs, its challenges and the most effective ways to initiate it.

Learning curve | October 5, 2017

The ASD Nest model is designed to “nest” children with autism in fully inclusive classrooms.

Chapter news | October 3, 2017

The DOE advised us that SESIS payments for OT/PTs will be issued as scheduled on Friday, Oct. 6. But the DOE just informed us that it is being done as a supplementary payment, which is why you do not yet see it in the payroll portal.

News | September 28, 2017

UFT-represented employees who averaged more than five minutes per week of SESIS use between January 2013 and June 2016 will receive payment for their work in SESIS on the Sept. 29 payroll (for in-service employees on the Q bank) or the Oct. 6 payroll (for in-service employees on the H bank). Retirees will receive their check via a supplementary payoll.

News | September 11, 2017

The following FAQ answers the most common questions that UFT members have about the $33 million being paid to members for SESIS work as a result of the settlement of a union arbitration.

News stories | September 7, 2017

The Department of Education will pay out $33 million in compensation this fall to 37,000 UFT members who had to put up with the headaches and frustration of logging data about students with disabilities into the Special Education Student Information System because of the DOE’s failure to address the digital tracking system’s flaws.

Feature stories | June 1, 2017

Bright blue glow-sticks lit up the evening sky as 800 students, parents and community members circled the PS/MS 124 track in South Ozone Park, Queens at the Light It Up Blue Autism Walk on April 28.

What I do | June 1, 2017

Liz Galvin at PS 46 on Staten Island is tasked with identifying and addressing learning issues before students are referred for evaluation for special education.

Around the UFT | June 1, 2017

Nine students were honored alongside the educators who had helped them become successful at the Queens District 75 Public School Proud celebration on April 27.

Around the UFT | June 1, 2017

Colorful art and creative projects lined the walls of the union’s Shanker Hall this year for the union’s 11th annual Better Speech and Hearing Month celebration on May 11.

Feature stories | May 4, 2017

A Bronx pair perfects the art of co-teaching. What makes their partnership successful?

Feature stories | May 4, 2017

PS 721, a District 75 school in Manhattan, held a rally to salute its very own Olympians — eight students who were part of the unified floor hockey team that beat China to win a bronze medal in the Special Olympics Winter Games in Austria in March.


Feature stories | May 4, 2017

Those with disabilities today have “a world of opportunity ahead of them,” said Dr. Mary McInerney, the principal of the Richard H. Hungerford School on Staten Island, speaking of people like Marianna Pastena, a graduate of the District 75 school and now a paraprofessional there.

Chapter news | April 20, 2017

In June 2016, the Regents created a new local diploma option for students with disabilities who did not meet graduation standards through the existing appeal and safety net options.

National education and labor news | April 6, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 22 that public schools must do more to accommodate students with disabilities in one of the most significant special education cases­ to reach the high court in decades.

Chapter news | March 28, 2017

Schools are no longer required to request prior approval from the State Education Department to administer state assessments over multiple days. And beginning with the 2017 test administration, students with disabilities who have the “tests read” accommodation on their individualized education programs (IEPs) or Section 504 accommodation plans (504 plans) must be provided with this accommodation for all sections of the test.

News stories | March 2, 2017

Students and staff at PS 32 in Great Kills, Staten Island, performed a new version of Snow White written and directed by one of the school's paraprofessionals.

Editorials | February 2, 2017

The six million students with disabilities in public schools around the country will suffer the most if Betsy DeVos expands for-profit charters and private-school vouchers nationwide.

National education and labor news | January 5, 2017

Students with disabilities will have an easier time requesting accommodations during tests, starting on Jan. 1.

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