Welcome back from a well-deserved spring break.
Last Sunday, more than 1,200 UFT members from across the city gathered for the UFT annual Spring Conference. It was the first time in decades that the New York City mayor, public advocate and other elected officials all came together to speak of the need to support public schools and educators like you and me who have dedicated our lives to supporting the city’s youth and future. It was also great to see many of our fellow high school members there. If you haven't seen the union's photo gallery from the conference, we think you'll enjoy it.
This inspiring conference reinforced to us that now more than ever we, as the driving force in our classrooms and schools, have an opportunity to work together to develop and implement the plans and programs our schools and students need.
Thank you for all the work you do.
Janella Hinds, Vice President of Academic High Schools
Sterling Roberson, Vice President of Career and Technical Education High Schools
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.
Information regarding paraprofessionals and alternate learning centers
Alternate learning centers are required to provide the special services a learning disabled child may need. There are approximately 17 such centers for middle and high school students around the city that already have paraprofessionals on staff. If you are a paraprofessional in a middle or high school and are asked to go to an alternate learning center with your student you may volunteer to do so. But if you do not want to go with your student, have your chapter leader discuss the situation with your principal. If it cannot be resolved immediately, follow the principal’s instructions and contact the UFT borough office to speak with the district rep or borough safety staff who will help to resolve the issue.
May Day 2014 rally
Join fellow UFT members and laborers across the city for the largest May Day rally in the country. Meet on May 1 at 5 p.m. at the corner of Broadway and Murray Streets.
UFT supports Selective Corporate Internship Program
Have the UFT visit your school to discuss evaluation and other end-of-year concerns
The UFT has prepared a guide called Summing It Up, which you can find on the UFT website. It contains tips and information to prepare for the end of this 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 list of workshops on evaluation and other topics at the five UFT borough offices on the UFT online calendar.
Now is the time to plan for next year
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.
Win $10,000 to improve your school
What would your students buy for your school if they had $10,000 to spend on it? That may sound like a hypothetical question, but it won’t be for the lucky school that wins the Build a Better School contest.
The contest asks middle and high school students to submit three-minute videos explaining what their school needs and how they would use the money to improve it. Submissions don’t have to be polished, just creative and thoughtful. The deadline is May 9. See the flier for details or download the submission form.
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.
RUN with the UFT! . . . .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.
Quote of the Month
"I’ve been a public school parent for over 15 years."
— Mayor Bill De Blasio at the UFT Spring Conference on April 26
New high schools accepting applications
A list of job openings at 10 new high schools opening this fall can be found here.
Resources for guidance counselors
The 10th Annual Guidance Counselors Conference at the UFT was a huge success. View the photo gallery.
Utilize shared space committees to organize your campus community
Per Chancellor’s Regulation A-190 — Campus Policy Memo: All campuses that are co-located with charter schools are required to create a shared space committee (SSC) consisting of principals, teachers, and parent representatives from each school on the campus. The purpose of your SSC is to educate parent and teacher representatives about the shared space process. Your SSC must host four quarterly meetings per school year and is required to document meeting minutes.
Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day on May 6!
A reminder that May 6 is Teacher Appreciation Day. RSVP to celebrate this day with fellow UFT members at the first Team High School book release party.
Answer and win UFT schwag!
Which high school campus in New York City features Harry Belafonte, Jacob Javits and Rod Carew among its notable alumni? The high school that sends the most correct responses to firstname.lastname@example.org will receive morning refreshments on May 6.
Congratulations to Margaret Glanville, Science Teacher at Edward R. Murrow Academy in Brooklyn for submitting the first correct answer to last month's question: Which UFT public high school won yet New York State chess championship last month? (Answer: Edward R. Murrow High School).