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Team High School Newsletter - May 2016

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VOTE! And make your voice heard

By now, you should have received your ballot to vote in the UFT elections. The American Arbitration Association, which is administering the election, mailed out confidential ballots to members' homes on May 5. The envelope containing the ballot said "Urgent — Official U.F.T. Ballot Enclosed."

If you did not receive a ballot or received an incorrect ballot, please notify the American Arbitration Association at 1-800-529-5218 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. only) no later than 5 p.m. on May 18.

In your ballot, you will be voting for UFT president, 11 other officer positions, 90 Executive Board members, AFT regular and special convention delegates, NYSUT regular and special RA delegates, NEA regular and special convention delegates, and AFT and NYSUT Retiree Council convention delegates.

Your ballot must reach the American Arbitration Association no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. Ballots will be counted on Thursday, May 26. Do not sign your name on the ballot.

Thanks for the work you do.

In solidarity,

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

Our Academic High School Awards

High school educators at UFT Lobby Day
Janella Hinds (far right), the UFT vice president for academic high schools, joins award winners.

Thanks to all who joined us for our second annual Academic High Schools Awards Ceremony on April 15.

It was an amazing evening during which we honored our colleagues who support our students, communities and union. Hundreds of colleagues, families and friends gathered to pay tribute to these outstanding educators.

We also wanted to share a few videos that highlight the honorees.

Team High School Awards Presentation

George Altomare Tribute Video

Excellence in Education Video

Dynamic Union Leader, Outstanding Activist and Community Champion Video

We invite you to nominate a colleague, community member or school in the fall for the 2017 awards. We’ll notify you when nominations are open. We also look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s celebration.

NYC students shine at state competition

NYC students shine at state competition

UFT President Michael Mulgrew, third from right, and Sterling Roberson, vice president for Career and Technical Education, right, are joined by students and advisors at the NYS SkillsUSA Competition in Syracuse, NY.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew and UFT Vice President for Career and Technical Education Sterling Roberson joined CTE teachers from New York City and their students at the NYS SkillsUSA competition in Syracuse during the April break, April 27-29.

Students showcased cutting-edge projects from various disciplines. Looking ahead, the UFT has raised money to send 26 students to the national competition.

May 15 deadline for teacher leadership positions

The deadline to apply for a teacher leadership position is midnight on Sunday, May 15. The application is available online. All tenured, full-time teachers may apply if they received an Effective or Highly Effective rating last year.

The available positions are Model Teacher, Peer Collaborative Teacher and Master Teacher. These are great opportunities even if your school does not currently have teacher leadership roles. Successful applicants will be screened and placed in an eligible pool, which allows them to possibly transfer into a teacher leadership position in another school either this summer or in the future.

Open Market Transfer period is underway

The Open Market transfer period is now underway for all members who are considering transferring schools. It provides all pedagogues and paraprofessionals access to job openings throughout the city through an online registration process.

During the transfer period, which runs from April 15 to Aug. 7, you do not need a release from your principal to change schools. You may even apply to schools without current openings, and your application will be kept in an electronic file in the event an opening occurs. We suggest following up all electronic applications with a hard copy mailed, emailed or dropped off at the school. The Open Market Q&A on the UFT website offers more information about the process.

We also encourage you to tailor cover letters and resumes to your specific skills and interests and align your application materials with the mission, vision and programs of the school to which you are applying.

Two conversations at the Albert Shanker Institute: Collaboration and caring school leadership

The Albert Shanker Institute recently hosted two conversations about collaboration and caring school leadership. Conversations such as these are part of the Institute’s mission: to bring together influential leaders and thinkers from business, labor, government and education from across the political spectrum. These sessions also foster the development of new approaches to solving problems in the education and union worlds. We encourage you to read more about the conversations:

Collaboration Is The Way We Work, Not An “Activity:” New York City teacher Joseph Vincente describes East Side, one of a growing network of 38 New York public high schools, where teachers work interdependently to serve all students and grow as professionals. Read more »

Caring School Leadership: Professors Mark Smylie, Joseph Murphy and Karen Seashore Louis share their research and theory about what caring school leadership is and why it is important. Read more »

Win $10,000 to improve your school

What would your students buy for your school if they had $10,000 to spend? That won’t be a hypothetical question for the lucky school that wins the Build-a-Better School contest.

The contest asks middle and high school students to submit a three-minute video explaining what their school needs and how they would use the money to improve it. The winning schools will receive a monetary award; the grand prize is $10,000, professional development for the school community and more! To enter, submit your video by mail on a flash drive to:

Build-a-Better School
Municipal Credit Union, Member Relations
22 Cortlandt St., 25th floor
New York, NY 10007

Submissions don’t have to be polished, just creative and thoughtful. The deadline is Wednesday, June 15.

See the flier for details »

Team High School citywide meetings

Come to our next meeting of the academic high school and career and technical high school committees. These meetings are designed to organize members and gather information that is pertinent to our high schools.

If you have any questions, or would like to RSVP, please email us at

Citywide Academic High School Meetings

All meetings take place on a Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

  • Date: June 7 (Rescheduled from May 25.)
  • Location: UFT Staten Island borough office at 4456 Amboy Road. Directions »
  • Date: June 8
  • Location: UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway. Directions »

Citywide CTE High School Meetings

All meetings take place on a Thursday at 4:15 p.m.

  • Date: May 19
  • Location: UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway. Directions »
  • Date: June 23
  • Location: UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway. Directions »

Team High School trivia

Our Team High School trivia contest is back! To participate, email your answer to the question below to Team High School at The first 100 members to reply with this month’s trivia question will receive a prize.

Question: Where was the first union of working women in American history established?

Your team is on Twitter and Facebook

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