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Hearing Education Services Newsletter - December 2014

I want to wish you and your family a happy holiday break and many blessings for the coming new year.

It has been an interesting school year with many exciting events and developments for our chapter.

We had a great professional development day on Nov. 4. We learned many new techniques and discussed the exciting new curriculum which, finally, is based on our own student population. 

Our chapter received the Ely Trachtenberg award at this year's Teacher Union Day on Nov. 2 for outstanding services and union engagement. Thanks to those of you who were able to attend. See pictures from Teacher Union Day.

Please continue to contact me with any questions, concerns or comments at

Cecilia Cortez
Chapter Leader

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Consultation meetings

Consultation meetings with Helen Kaufman from the Department of Education continue each month. These meetings keep us connected with the DOE. We have resolved many issues through our consultation meetings.

At consultation meetings this year, I have gotten updates about contract implementation and the new evaluation system. I want to make sure that every member is heard and that we get what we need to do our jobs. We must work together to get the things we need. 

Consultation committee minutes are posted on our chapter website.

Looking ahead

Our chapter has several goals for this school year that we have been addressing and will continue to address at our consultation meetings. Among our goals are that we want both parking passes and computers for every hearing education services provider.


We are entering the second school year of the new evaluation system for teachers in self-contained classes. Overall it is going well, and there have been a few changes. Those of us who are related-service providers are still evaluated using the same system from the last contract with S and U ratings.

You should know: Contract rules for salary

The amount of your paycheck depends on:

  • The salary schedule that the union and the city negotiated in the contract
  • Years of approved prior teaching experience outside the New York City Department of Education and in some situations for related non-teaching experience
  • How long you have been teaching in the New York City Department of Education
  • Credits and degrees you earn beyond your bachelor’s degree

The UFT salary schedule allows you to earn more money — thousands of dollars more each year — as you spend more time on the job (in what are called steps) and as you earn more education credits (in what are called differentials).

For more information, and to see where you stand on the salary schedule, see the UFT web page about salary.

Our chapter was honored on Teacher Union Day

Jonathan Fickies

The Ely Trachtenberg Award winners for functional chapter leaders

Our union president, Michael Mulgrew, stood with me and three other functional chapter leaders to congratulate us on our chapters winning Ely Trachtenberg awards. Our award honors you and all that you do for our union! Also shown are: Speech Improvement Chapter Leader Mindy Bornemann (center), Social Workers and Psychologists Chapter Leader Vanessa Pressley and Nonpublic Schools Chapter Leader Diane Grant (far right).


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