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Team High School Newsletter - December 2014

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John Irving once wrote: “If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”

As we approach the end of 2014, we hope that you are celebrating your successes in the fall semester and preparing for a break that allows for both good times with friends and family and fabulous rest and relaxation.

We look forward to connecting with you as we celebrate the Academic High Schools Division on Jan. 29 and Career and Technical Education Schools and Programs on Feb. 5!

May we find courage in coming together and in continuing our work toward advancing our profession.

Thanks for all the work you do.

Happy holidays and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015!

In solidarity,

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

UFT Team High School citywide meetings

You are invited to meetings of the Academic High School and Career and Technical Education High School committees. We hope to see you during the next joint academic and CTE meeting at 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 21 at 52 Broadway. This and future meetings are designed to help members organize and get information pertinent to our high schools.

See future HS meeting dates and times»

Teach social justice! Speak truth to power student video contest and lesson plans

Photo of  the Month - Dec. 23, 2014

Teach your students how to create a short documentary about human rights and social justice in a three-minute video. Winning films will be showcased at the Tribeca Film Festival. Email if interested in bringing this opportunity to your students or in having someone from the UFT or the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights visit you or your classroom to offer assistance on participating in the video contest.

Encourage students to apply for the Albert Shanker College Scholarship

Each year the UFT awards $1 million in scholarships to academically excellent and financially eligible New York City public high school seniors through the Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund. For students to be eligible for a $5,000 scholarship from the fund, they must be accepted into a full-time, matriculated, degree-granting program at an accredited college or university. Please reach out to your school's college advisors and guidance counselors to make sure that high school seniors take advantage of this great opportunity by applying for a scholarship. You can get more information on the scholarship and application materials on the UFT Scholarship Fund page. The application deadline this year is Saturday, Jan. 31.

A few words for school psychologists and social workers

All school psychologists and social workers are invited to meet with Janella Hinds and Sterling Roberson on Jan. 20, 2015 at 52 Broadway from 4–6 p.m. Please also contact Vanessa Pressley, chapter leader for social workers and psychologists, for information on how the “campus model” affects SBST teams. Please include in your email information on the number of days assigned to the respective schools at your campus, caseload issues, and details regarding working with administrations of different schools. Please also note that 20 hours of per-session pay will be available to high school psychologists with demanding caseloads, although per-session pay is not to be used for mandated three-year re-evaluations (triennials).  Contact Vanessa Pressley at or 1-212-598-7724.

Utilize your union in helping to create chapter newsletters

We have two newsletter templates that will make writing your chapter newsletters a breeze. Contact Team High School for copies of the templates or other help with launching a newsletter, which can be a highly effective way to inform and organize your chapter.

Consultation is the answer

It is crucial that we collaborate in our schools by putting forth our best ideas and taking an active part in the many decisions that affect our students, schools and professions. Part and parcel of this process is our monthly, contractually mandated consultation committee meeting with the principal. At consultation meetings, we pose specific ideas and solutions to improve our school communities. Contact Team High School with any questions you may have about how to ensure your consultation meetings are as effective as possible. See a list of suggested agenda items

Save the dates!

You are invited to the Team High School Awards Ceremony on Jan. 29 and the CTE Recognition Ceremony on Feb. 5!  Let’s celebrate our amazing educators. 

RSVP by Jan. 19 for the Team HS Awards Ceremony »

Send photos of your school and chapter in action

Please send any and all pictures you have of your chapter or school so that we can continue to record the many great endeavors taking place in our high schools. Please send photos of yourselves in action to, and indicate the name of the school, borough and names of members in the photo.

Play soccer with fellow UFTers!

Join your fellow educators in “the beautiful game” during the co-ed winter league at Pier 40 in Manhattan. Our ability to form a team is contingent upon interest, so please consider joining and encourage colleagues! Please contact Team High School at or 1-212-598-9217 if you are interested or would like more information.

Web development opportunities available for 18-26 year-olds

The NYC Web Development Fellowship program is now accepting applications for its next training, which begins in January, to teach participants the skills necessary to kick off careers in web development. They are looking for New York City residents age 18 to 26 who have neither a four-year college degree nor professional web development experience. The program includes five months of on-campus training, a 12-week paid internship at a company such as BuzzFeed or Microsoft and placement in a technology job paying $65,000 a year or more. Visit the website for more information or email with questions.

Related Topics: CTE