The following update was sent to all DOE-employed paraprofessionals from UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.
It has been a tremendously stressful time for our students, our families and us. The Department of Education agreed with the UFT that a change of pace and focus was in order during the seven days that would have been the spring break in a normal year.
Today is National Paraprofessional Appreciation Day, so it is a perfect time to say thank you for all that you're doing to make remote learning possible for your students and their families. I know it's been a rocky transition under unprecedented circumstances, but you've stepped up to the plate in a big way. I'm so proud to be your UFT chapter leader.
Each year, the Leap to Teacher program, in collaboration with The Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at CUNY, holds workshops for UFT members and Leap to Teacher program participants to prepare for the Academic Literacy Skills Test for teacher certification and the Combined Early Childhood and Childhood Multi-Subject Test. If you are interested in becoming a teacher, sign up for a workshop closest to you. Registration is required.