Earlier this month, the UFT leadership team attended a learning summit on teacher evaluation in Albany. We met with members of the New York State Board of Regents, state education officials and lawmakers to voice your concerns and work toward getting an evaluation system that is fair and supports and nurtures our work as public school educators.
Amid the daily challenges we each face and meet in our high schools, we also work collectively to address broad challenges facing our student populations, our schools and our profession.
Together, we are pushing back against many of Gov. Cuomo’s destructive proposals that are aimed to quash public education. Although our fight is far from over, we should take a moment to reflect on our success so far. We must continue to ask what more we can do to protect our profession, strengthen our voices and improve our schools. We encourage you to come to chapter meetings and your union hall where we continually find strength in harmony.
It is an honor and privilege to stand with you, our colleagues.
Thanks for the crucial work you do as part of our Team High School.
Janella Hinds, Vice President for Academic High Schools
Sterling Roberson, Vice President for Career and Technical Education
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Now is the time to enact school-based options (SBOs)
Spring is the time when your school’s chapter can propose school-based options (SBOs), which give schools the flexibility to collaboratively modify articles in our contract or to create new compensatory time positions not automatically allowed for in the contract.
Popular SBOs at high schools include: repurposing time within the school day (including for professional development, parent engagement and professional work); restructuring instructional time through early release of students for multi-session high schools, block scheduling and the creation of compensatory time positions; rearranging parent-teacher conferences and additional nonattendance days for PD; and adding professional activities not on a school’s current menu of options.
Remember that SBOs are to be submitted by your chapter, not your school’s administration, to enact modifications that will better serve your school, staff and students. You can find more information about SBOs on the UFT website.
Student surveys will be piloted in schools in May and June
Under the terms of the contract we ratified last June, all schools will pilot the Tripod Student Survey this year in May and June except those that participated in a smaller survey pilot earlier in the year. Students in grades 3-12 will take part with different versions of the survey for grades 3-5 and grades 6-12. We have reached out to the DOE about the loss of instructional time and look forward to their response. Your school should have designated survey coordinators who have been trained in survey administration. Materials about the surveys are posted on the DOE Advance intranet page. If you have questions about student surveys, contact Michael Sill at email@example.com.
Schoolwide actions a success
Program preference sheets, professional activities and compensatory time positions
All teachers in your school must receive preference sheets. It is vital to ensure through consultation meetings and budget conversations that the preference sheets reflect your school’s offerings in the fall. Use the consultation meeting to determine the type and number of circular 6 or professional activities that will be offered. As always contact your union with questions, concerns or assistance in navigating this process.
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Summer Opportunity for Your Students: Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy
The Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy is a two-week summer leadership academy held at Princeton University for minority girls entering grades 10, 11 or 12. Students selected for the academy participate in activities which aim to enhance leadership skills, increase academic achievement and motivation; build confidence; teach how to navigate important exams; and improve skills in essay writing and critical reading.
For more information on the program and the application process, visit the At the Well Conferences website or call 1-646-592-1488.
Success Via Apprenticeship celebrates 30 years
The UFT this year celebrated the 30-year anniversary of the Success Via Apprenticeship program, which serves to increase the number of certified teachers of career and technical education and technology education. Please contact Team High School with any questions regarding this program or if you want to know more about how to become CTE-certified or how to establish or bolster CTE programs in your school.
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 your colleagues! Please contact Team High School at Teamhighschool@uft.org or 1-212-598-9217 if you are interested or would like more information.
Register now for the Spring Conference
Every spring, the UFT holds its Spring Education Conference to celebrate, nurture and inspire our work as public school educators. This year's conference on Saturday, May 30 will feature great workshops, informative exhibits and the opportunity for you to network with colleagues. We hope you will join us.
When: Saturday, May 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: New York Hilton Midtown at 1335 Avenue of the Americas. Directions »
Showcase your CTE Program at the Spring Education Conference
Showcase your school’s CTE programs during this year’s spring conference on May 30, where thousands of educators, parents, students and industry partners will gather. Contact Jeffrey Bernstein firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Express your opinions through your union
Contact your union if you would like to share your thoughts and opinions on being a public school educator and union member. The UFT’s editorial online publication Edwize is currently seeking submissions. Currently, you can read UFT member John McCrann’s piece on the Common Core and the over-emphasis on standardized tests and Paula Washington’s comments on lobbying her state legislature to protect public education.
Get involved in the Association for Career and Technical Education
Congratulations to Alex Bell, CTE teacher at Thomas Edison High School, for being recognized by the Association for Career and Technical Education in Region I as one of the finalists for the ACTE Teacher of the year. We all know it is important to keep up with industry trends and network with other educators. Joining the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is a way to do this: You can further your professional development and build your career while supporting important advocacy for career and technical education programs. The cost of professional membership is $80. For more information about ACTE, please contact your union.
Exercise your voice at 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 at the next academic HS meeting on Wednesday, June 17 at 52 Broadway. Take this important opportunity to share information pertinent to our high schools!
Advance at a Glance now available
The DOE has released its latest version of Advance at a Glance, a newsletter for teachers that highlights key dates and deadlines in this year’s teacher evaluation system. Please encourage your teachers to use Advance at a Glance to guide them through the rights and responsibilities of the evaluation process. You can access Advance at a Glance on the UFT website.