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Team High School Newsletter January 2014

Happy New Year to all of you! We have much to feel hopeful about this year. We have a new mayor and chancellor who are respectful of educators. We have a governor who plans to address the serious problems with implementation of the Common Core standards.

It is a busy time for us all. The January Regents are next week. A CTE summit on Career Training for the Knowledge Economy is on Feb. 3 and the annual CTE awards ceremony is on Feb. 6.

Stay warm and stay in touch. As always, let us know your thoughts, ideas and concerns.

In solidarity,

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


January Regents Scoring

As we approach January Regents week, it is important that we ensure that the appropriate testing policies and procedures are in place at the school level and that scoring is done in a professional, respectful and fair manner.

We are pleased that in response the UFT’s and parents’ concerns about the scoring debacle last June, the Department of Education is no longer sending tests out of state for scoring. Next week, as you know, all Regents exams will be graded by teachers assigned to centralized scoring sites. Contact the UFT with any questions or concerns you have over grading, assignments, policies or scoring procedures.


Career and Technical Education 2014 Summit

A one-day working conference on Career Training for the Knowledge Economy will be held on Feb. 3 at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. The event will include breakout workshops and a panel discussion and will bring together representatives of the Obama administration, union leaders, and national CTE advocates. It is sponsored by the New York Citywide CTE Advisory Council, the UFT and the NYC Department of Education with support from the CTE Technical Assistance Center of New York State, the AFT, the Albert Shanker Institute and the Association for Career and Technical Education.


Why We Need COPE, and Why We Ask You to Join

The UFT Committee on Political Education (COPE) is the political action arm of the UFT. Your COPE contributions enable the union to raise our issues in the public forum and to vigorously pursue political and legislative priorities important to UFT members.

Your small voluntary contributions to COPE make a big difference. It is these small voluntary payments — not union dues — that fund all the UFT’s political education with members, communities, and elected officials.

Remember, COPE is not possible without you.

Ready to make a difference? See your chapter leader, contact COPE at 212-598-7747 or COPE@uft.org or get more information here.


Brooklyn Tech UFT Members Speak Out on Evaluation

Have you seen the letter on evaluation written by UFT members in the English department at Brooklyn Technical High School? Call the Team High School hotline if you would like to contribute to the UFT’s education news and opinion blog or if you have an idea for a news story for the New York Teacher.


Sign Up Now for Spring High School Workshops!

Looking for ways to improve your pedagogy, sharpen your technological skills or learn more about the latest trends in education? The UFT offers a number of workshops to help you to improve your game. Workshops take place at 52 Broadway and are open to all UFT members. You must be logged into the UFT website to view courses and workshops.


Encourage Students to Apply for the UFT Albert Shanker Scholarship!

Each year, the UFT’s Albert Shanker Scholarship Fund awards more than $1 million in scholarships to New York City public school students. Visit the scholarship website on UFT.org to learn more about this great resource for our students and to learn about the fund’s namesake, Albert Shanker, a founder and the first president of our union.


Princeton Prize in Race Relations for HS Students

Every year, the Princeton Prize in Race Relations is awarded to high school students who are making a difference by working to bridge the gaps in understanding, experience and respect between people of different cultures. With the application deadline quickly approaching, we hope you will share this information with your interested students. 


Quote of the Month:

“Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.

Andy Rooney


Got group work for your students?

Here is a fun, educational and student-centered activity that teaches about human rights while giving students experience in researching, writing and filmmaking. The Speak Truth to Power student video contest, co-sponsored by the AFT, challenges middle and high school students to create short films about a human rights violation and the modern-day heroes fighting to stop it.


High School questions or concerns?

Contact the UFT Team High School with questions or concerns or to request that Janella Hinds or Sterling Roberson visit your school to meet with your chapter.


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 get information pertinent to our high schools. They are also a great opportunity to connect, converse and even debate with colleagues the myriad issues affecting our schools and students. Please attend and invite other members from your schools. Refreshments are always provided. You can find the dates, times and locations of our committee meetings here.