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Team High School Newsletter - June 2016

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As the school year comes to a close, we want to thank you for all the work you do for our union, New York City public high school students and public education.

We face many challenges in our schools, and as a union, we have significant work to do. Influential people, including politicians and administrators, do not understand the monumental role public educators play in our society. 

Too many of us do not enjoy positive and collaborative school environments. Educators are sometimes fearful of abusive administrators, and, in many cases, do not receive the support or resources that are essential to the success of our schools and our students. Every year, an alarming number of members leave our profession because they don’t receive the support they need to perform one of the most challenging jobs in our society.

These challenges make us determined to never give up or lose heart in our fight to support NYC school teachers. As educators, we must remember that we are the driving catalyst of our schools. By being organized and unified, we will successfully promote our profession and better working conditions. We will also continue to see student performance improve as we work hard to ensure that our school communities obtain the resources they need and deserve.

We look forward to visiting you in your schools next year. Because we do the work, we must have the greatest say in how the work is done.

Have a well-deserved summer.


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

Team High School at the White House

Team HS members at the White House

Chapter Leader Vance Gillenwater (third from right) of the High School of Law Enforcement and Public Safety, and Jeffrey Ellis-Lee (third from left), a teacher leader at the High School for Imagination and Arts, attended a forum at the White House on May 18. They forum focused on teaching 60 years after Brown vs. Board of Education and the refusal of Republican lawmakers to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.

Gotham Professional Arts Academy students join ETA cohort

Gotham Professional Arts Academy, a high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, was selected to be part of the 2016–20 cohort of schools partnering with Exploring the Arts (ETA). The nonprofit organization collaborates with public high schools throughout the city to help them build high-quality, school-day arts programs and provide out-of-school arts opportunities for students.

Through the partnership, Gotham students will participate in paid, after-school apprenticeships with more than 80 professionals at various arts organizations including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Noguchi Museum, the American Ballet Theatre, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, the Roundabout Theatre Company and the Tribeca Film Institute.

Scholarship winner Paul Turner: A model for us all

UFT Albert Shanker Scholarship award winner, Paul Turner.

Paul Turner, a recipient of the Albert Shanker scholarship with middle school teacher Maria Henry at UFT headquarters.

The UFT hosted its 47th annual Albert Shanker College Scholarship Awards Ceremony and reception on June 13 at the union's headquarters in Manhattan. This year, 180 high school students each received a $5,000 UFT Albert Shanker Scholarship. We congratulate them; we are especially proud of one student, Paul Turner, who overcame many challenges throughout his school years.

Paul, who graduated from The Facing History School in Manhattan and was once without a home, will attend Hamilton College this fall. We salute him for his commitment to education and for his leadership in the face of adversity.

Read the Daily News story about Paul Turner »

Gotham night at the Whitney museum

UFT Vice Presidents Sterling Roberson (fourth from left) and Janella Hinds (center) applaud scholarship winners at the 47th annual Albert Shanker Scholarship Awards.

See more photos in the gallery »

Resources and strategies for improving school culture

Creating a culturally-rich environment for our students is essential to helping them become well-rounded, to enhancing their day-to-day experiences and to raising student achievement. Therefore, we want to provide you with a few resources to improve your school’s culture.

The Expanded Success Initiative (ESI) is a program supported by the UFT that tackles the education gap and creates school communities where black and Latino students thrive. The Research Alliance for New York City Schools issued a report on strategies for improving school culture that draws on case studies, interviews and focus groups at 40 ESI schools.

We encourage you to read the report and share it with your colleagues.

Two guides for educators

Here are two guides for educators on culturally relevant education and exposure to and preparation for college. They include concrete tips, tools and resources based on case studies of five ESI schools in New York City.

Culturally Revelant Education »

Early Exposure to and Preparation for College »

UFT rallies for safe streets and schools

Gotham night at the Whitney museum

UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds (second from right) and Public Advocate Letitia James (right) speak in front of City Hall on June 9 on the importance of ensuring students can safely get to and from school.

Regents announces new CTE certification pathway

To expand career and technical education (CTE) programs, the state Board of Regents announced a new pathway options for the Transitional A certificate in CTE for candidates who possess industry experience and credentials, or who are in process of completing certification. Please contact Team High School at or the UFT Certification Department's hotline at 212-420-1830 with any questions or concerns.

Important dates and program preference information

Here are some important dates for 2016–17 school year.

Remember: We have two days to file a reorganization grievance each time we receive notice of a new program. If you have any questions about your rights, due process, organizing for power or ensuring optimal working conditions, please contact Team High School at

Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Sept. 30

  • Nov. 17-18

  • March 23-24, 2017

  • May 13, 2017

January Regents

  • Jan. 24-27, 2017

June Regents

  • June 14-23, 2017

Professional Development

  • Staff Development (PD) Days: Sept. 6-7

  • Chancellor’s Conference (PD) Day: Nov. 8

  • Chancellor’s Conference (PD) Day: Jan. 30, 2017

  • Chancellor’s Conference (PD) Day: June 8, 2017


  • Last day for Individual Planning Conferences (IPCs): Oct. 28

  • Last day for observations: June 2, 2017

  • Summative conferences: April 3 to June 28, 2017

For a full list of non-attendance days, see the 2016–17 school calendar on »