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Team High School Newsletter April 2014

Educator-driven unionism!

As you know we are currently negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with the city that reflects the professionalism we bring to New York City’s 500-plus high schools every day.

While we are engaged in this important work, it is our philosophy as vice presidents of academic and career and technical high schools that our union is BY and FOR every member. Only through dialogue, collaboration and action will we be best able to advocate for what is best for our students, schools and profession.

It is vital that we have the difficult and honest conversations necessary with one another and work together to ensure that we as educators are driving the most important decisions that affect our schools, students and profession. Only through asserting our collective voice on every level, from school-level consultations to the national stage, will we protect and strengthen the most important institution in America — public education.

Thank you for the work you do.

In solidarity,

Janella Hinds, Vice President of Academic High Schools
Sterling Roberson, Vice President of Career and Technical Education High Schools



Evaluation — Have the UFT visit your school to discuss end-of-year concerns

The UFT has prepared a guide called Summing it up: An end-of-year guide to the new teacher evaluation & development system. It contains tips and information to prepare for the end of the school year. Contact your union if you want any assistance preparing for your summative conference, have specific questions or concerns regarding evaluation or would like a UFT staff member to visit your school.

Also see a complete lists of workshops on evaluation and other topics at the five UFT borough offices on the UFT online calendar.


Now is the time to enact school-based options (SBOs)!

Spring is the time when your school’s chapter can submit proposed school-based options (SBOs), which allow UFT chapters the flexibility to collaboratively modify articles in our contract or to create new compensatory time positions that the contract does not automatically allow for.

Remember that these are to be submitted by your chapter, not the school’s administration, to enact modifications that will better serve your school. You can find more information about SBOs on the UFT website.


Program preference sheets, circular 6 (professional activities)

Preference sheets must be distributed to all teachers in your school. Use the consultation meeting to determine the type and number of circular 6 or professional activities to be offered in your school next year. As always, contact your union with questions, concerns or assistance in navigating this process.


Janella Hinds and Sterling Roberson elected to NYSUT board

Janella Hinds and Sterling Roberson were both elected by New York State United Teachers delegates to serve as at-large NYSUT board members. Read more about your state union’s 42nd representative assembly.


City & State honors Janella Hinds

UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds was one of 25 women honored with City & State's annual Above and Beyond awards, which recognize outstanding women in the fields of labor, business, public service, media and nonprofits. View her interview where she discusses the current challenges facing organized labor and how teaching informs her work at both the UFT and the New York City Central Labor Council.


UFT Team High School citywide meetings

You are invited to meetings of the academic high school and career and technical high school committees. These meetings are designed to help members organize and get information pertinent to our high schools.


1st annual 5K family run

Join fellow UFT members as we jog, walk or run on Coney Island. All proceeds of this fundraiser will go to the UFT Disaster Relief Fund. You can run or walk as an individual or as part of a school or team and are welcome to participate under Team High School. Register or find more information on the UFT calendar listing.


Our first Team High School book release party — RSVP now for This is Not a Test

Join us on Tuesday, May 6 at Shanker Hall as we celebrate the publication of “This is Not a Test,” by first-time author Jose Vilson, a NYC math teacher and UFT member. The event will feature what promises to be a great discussion about the author, his book and current events in public education. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited so please RSVP online.


Great Decisions summer institute for high school social studies teachers

Every year, the Foreign Policy Association brings high school educators from across the U.S. to New York City to learn about current global affairs issues. This year’s workshop will be held from June 30 through July 2. Applications are due by Wednesday, May 7, and interested teachers may apply online.


Sign up now for the Build a Better School contest

Looking for another way to improve your school with students and fellow UFT members?

High school and middle school students are invited to submit a three-minute video telling what their school needs and the project they would undertake to make it better — if they had the money.

Winners will be selected based on: 1) the school’s need; 2) the spirit of collaboration demonstrated in the video and the proposed project; 3) the creativity of the project; and 4) how the project will help strengthen the school community. Videos must be received by May 9. See the flier for details or download the submission form.


Fariña’s message at the UFT: Restore dignity and respect to teaching!

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña assured UFT members at a town hall meeting at union headquarters that her first priority — and the accomplishment by which she most wants to be judged — is restoring dignity and respect to the teaching profession. Read the article.


Got chapter meetings? Lehman does!

More than 100 UFT members at Herbert Lehman High School in the Bronx met in the school’s auditorium to discuss end-of-year evaluation concerns and to build on their chapter’s unity as a step toward the continual betterment of this storied Bronx high school. As Chapter Leader Jeffrey Greenberg commented, “A union is only as good as the involvement of its members, and its support of each other.”


Quote of the Month

"Teaching must be supported."

— Diane Ravitch in a talk at UFT's Shanker Hall on April 8


CTE educators — Take the AFT survey!

Please complete this online survey to assist the AFT’s efforts in advocating for Career and Technical Education (CTE) educators and programs, and help to ensure the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act — the primary federal funding mechanism for CTE.

If you are a K-12 career and technical education teacher, please complete this online survey and urge other CTE teachers to complete the survey as well.


Spring Education Conference

Save the date! Join us for our annual Spring Education Conference on April 26. Breakfast will be served beginning at 7:30 a.m. The event will feature panels, workshops, exhibits, a gala luncheon and the presentation of the John Dewey Award. Chancellor Carmen Fariña is the featured speaker. Register online!


New high schools accepting applications

A list of job openings at 10 new high schools opening this fall can be found here.


Answer and win UFT schwag!

Which UFT public high school won yet another New York State chess championship last month? The first person to answer correctly to teamhighschools@uft.org will win a prize.

Congratulations to Cristina Lopez at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Queens for submitting the first correct answer to to last month's question: Which NYC high school lists among its notable graduates U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Bernard Sanders (I-VT) along with Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg?
(Answer: James Madison High School).

Related Topics: CTE