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Team High School Newsletter - October 2014

We must know and exercise our rights!

As educators in New York City’s more than 500 public high schools, we understand well the words of Ghanian writer Ayi Kwei Armah when he says: “There is indeed a great force in the world….that force is not something cut off, not something separate from ourselves. It is an energy in us, strongest in our working, breathing, thinking together as one people; weakest when we are scattered, confused, broken into individual, unconnected fragments.”

Each one of us entered this profession because of our commitment to our students and our disciplines. It is when we come together in our classrooms, chapter and consultation meetings, in our daily conversations and shared decision-making, that we are empowered to ensure the best education for our students. 

Thanks for all the work you do for your union, profession and schools.

In solidarity,

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


Calculate your retroactive pay raises

The first rate increases under the new contract have now taken effect. The contract featured a 1 percent pay increase retroactive to May 1, 2013, and another 1 percent pay increase retroactive to May 1, 2014. Get help calculating your individual pay increases and view the new salary schedules on the UFT website.


Collaborating on how to use our professional development, parent engagement and professional work time

We now have a real voice in determining the how we conduct  professional development, parent engagement and Other Professional Work in our schools. Contact us with ideas, questions or concerns regarding this process to ensure that these activities contribute to our professional growth and success.


Sample high school consultation agenda items

It is crucial that we collaborate in our schools by putting forth our best ideas and taking an active part in making 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. Contact Team High School with questions you may have about how to ensure your consultation meetings are as effective as possible, and see a list of suggested agenda items.


Save the date: UFT Team High School Awards Ceremony — Jan. 29!

You are invited to the Team High School Awards Ceremony on Jan. 29! Nomination forms for six awards can be found on the UFT website.


New member information

Make sure you enroll in the UFT. And, don’t miss these important resources for new teachers.


Two HS chapter leaders named Hometown Heroes in Education by the Daily News!

As AIDS ravaged the city in the early 1990s, Bronx teacher Thomas Porton took it upon himself to ensure students understood the deadly disease. Porton, who now teaches English and drama at the Monroe Academy for Visual Arts & Design, founded Bronx Youth Creating Compassion in 1991 to educate the next generations. Now it’s the longest-running student-run HIV/AIDS education program in the country, reaching 300 new students each year. Porton is also a walking compendium of Hip Hop knowledge. (caption from the Daily News).

Culinary arts teacher Geoffrey Tulloch helps students at Manhattan’s Food and Finance High School cook up culinary careers. The Harlem resident and chef said helping his students land gigs in the restaurant industry encouraged him to pursue his own career in education. Tulloch keeps students at the city’s only public culinary high school engaged during kitchen cleanliness training and sauce preparation by telling stories of his own work as a chef and how he learned from his mistakes. Now, many of his former students are pursuing culinary arts degrees in college. (caption from the Daily News).


Sabbatical applications due Oct. 24

Interested in taking time off for independent study? Learn more about sabbaticals.


Speak Truth to Power student video contest workshop

Teach your students how to create a short documentary film about human rights and social justice. This two-hour workshop will teach all you need to know to have your students enter the Speak Truth to Power student video contest, a program of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Video submissions will be judged by a panel of celebrities, and the winning film will be screened at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. The workshop will be held at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. Email teamhighschool@uft.org for more information.


2014-15 citywide academic high school meetings

Join us at our citywide academic high school meetings where we discuss and debate issues important to high schools across the city and help one another organize to ensure educator-driven solutions for our schools.

For meeting listings, check the UFT calendar.


2014-15 citywide CTE high school meetings

CTE educators: Please join us for our CTE committee meeting on Oct. 23. Dinner will be served.

  • What: CTE committee monthly meeting. Dinner will be served.
  • When: Oct. 23, 4:15–6 p.m.
  • Where: UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th floor, room A

Free tours available for your students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Xi Phi, a New York City-based graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi, Inc. fraternity, and Community Uplift through Perseverance (CUP) sponsor and underwrite the New York City Omega Black College Tour. African-American high school students enrolled in schools in New York City and the broader metropolitan area will visit 15 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Contact Team High School for more information.


High school safety!

Contact your local borough office or Team High School with any and all issues regarding safety in your high school. Also know that the UFT Chapter Leader is a mandated participant at the monthly mandated safety meetings in your school.


Public schools are the answer

Tired of the continued attacks on public education? Read the following article that dispels many myths about the public education system that is the foundation of our country and our democracy. Read the article from Politico.

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