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2022 Spring Education Conference

The UFT’s annual Spring Education Conference on May 21, which attracted more than a thousand union members, featured a panel discussion led by city educators, workshops on building resilience and teaching multilingual learners, an exhibit fair showcasing the work of career and technical education students, speeches from top city and state officials and a keynote address by UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

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A group poses together for a group shot in front of a sign that says "We Are One"

UFT President Michael Mulgrew and City Council Education Committee Chair Rita Joseph (at left) with the educators from the Speak Up! panel that called for educators to have greater input in school policy making.

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Two women embrace in a big hug

Renee Freeman from the DOE’s Instructional Support Services is embraced by a colleague after posing a question to the Speak Up panelists.

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A  teacher poses for a photo with her nephew and colleague

Teacher Maryse Crevecoeur-Santilus (at left) from PS 617 in Brooklyn and her nephew join with her colleague Marie Leonard in making the case for smaller class size.

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A man speaks in front of a desk and projector screen

Motivational speaker and counselor Steven Pinto offers pointers on resilience and tolerance when dealing with students “in the midst of a mental health crisis.”

Erica Berger
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A student is helped with a virtual reality headset

A student gets a taste of virtual reality courtesy of a vice president of the not-for-profit Tech in Schools Initiative at the exhibit fair.

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Two students show off a 3-d printer and model that it produced

At a career and technical education booth in the exhibit hall, Brooklyn Steam Center Navy Yard students show off a 3D printer and a model it made.

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Students in lab coats with their teacher

Students of the Dental Department at Tottenville HS in Staten Island, alongside their teacher Joseph Caputo (at right), are dressed to drill at the exhibition hall.

Erica Berger
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Two women wearing masks stare forward with intent

Courtney Crenshaw and Shan White, both 2nd grade teachers at New Bridges Elementary in Crown Heights, listen intently during a workshop on strategies for teaching multilingual learners.

Erica Berger
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A man in a red shirt speaks to a large crowd

UFT Staff Director Anthony Harmon, the day’s MC, speaks to those gathered in the Grand Ballroom at the New York Hilton for the gala luncheon.

Erica Berger
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Two women raise their hands in support
Pre-K teacher Shakesha Simmons and paraprofessional Betty Checo, both from Teachers College Community School in Harlem, show their enthusiasm for the luncheon speakers.
Erica Berger
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A group of three pose for a selfie

Myra Cruz, District 6 Manhattan representative, and Miriam Familia, a librarian at PS 192 in Manhattan, take a selfie with Schools Chancellor David C. Banks.

Erica Berger
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A woman speaks at the podium
Gov. Kathy Hochul praised educators’ “extraordinary sacrifice” and touted the record spending on education in her first budget.
Erica Berger
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A group poses together for a group shot in front of a sign that says "We Are One"

UFT President Michael Mulgrew and City Council Education Committee Chair Rita Joseph (at left) with the educators from the Speak Up! panel that called for educators to have greater input in school policy making.

Erica Berger
Image
Two women embrace in a big hug

Renee Freeman from the DOE’s Instructional Support Services is embraced by a colleague after posing a question to the Speak Up panelists.

Erica Berger
Image
A  teacher poses for a photo with her nephew and colleague

Teacher Maryse Crevecoeur-Santilus (at left) from PS 617 in Brooklyn and her nephew join with her colleague Marie Leonard in making the case for smaller class size.

Erica Berger
Image
A man speaks in front of a desk and projector screen

Motivational speaker and counselor Steven Pinto offers pointers on resilience and tolerance when dealing with students “in the midst of a mental health crisis.”

Erica Berger
Image
A student is helped with a virtual reality headset

A student gets a taste of virtual reality courtesy of a vice president of the not-for-profit Tech in Schools Initiative at the exhibit fair.

Erica Berger
Image
Two students show off a 3-d printer and model that it produced

At a career and technical education booth in the exhibit hall, Brooklyn Steam Center Navy Yard students show off a 3D printer and a model it made.

Erica Berger
Image
Students in lab coats with their teacher

Students of the Dental Department at Tottenville HS in Staten Island, alongside their teacher Joseph Caputo (at right), are dressed to drill at the exhibition hall.

Erica Berger
Image
Two women wearing masks stare forward with intent

Courtney Crenshaw and Shan White, both 2nd grade teachers at New Bridges Elementary in Crown Heights, listen intently during a workshop on strategies for teaching multilingual learners.

Erica Berger
Image
A man in a red shirt speaks to a large crowd

UFT Staff Director Anthony Harmon, the day’s MC, speaks to those gathered in the Grand Ballroom at the New York Hilton for the gala luncheon.

Erica Berger
Image
Two women raise their hands in support
Pre-K teacher Shakesha Simmons and paraprofessional Betty Checo, both from Teachers College Community School in Harlem, show their enthusiasm for the luncheon speakers.
Erica Berger
Image
A group of three pose for a selfie

Myra Cruz, District 6 Manhattan representative, and Miriam Familia, a librarian at PS 192 in Manhattan, take a selfie with Schools Chancellor David C. Banks.

Erica Berger
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A woman speaks at the podium
Gov. Kathy Hochul praised educators’ “extraordinary sacrifice” and touted the record spending on education in her first budget.
Erica Berger

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