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Team High School Newsletter - September 2015

It’s September again! We hope you had a restful, exciting and amazing summer. Whether you worked or relaxed, the summer always passes by far too quickly for us all.

As we begin a new school year, know that the UFT’s high school division is here to help ensure that every chapter is unified, engaged and empowered. Through our work at central UFT and in our borough offices, we are here to support each of you in your professional growth and union organizing.

We look forward to working with you as a fellow member of Team High School to create a successful school year!

Thanks for all you do.

In solidarity,

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


Labor Day parade on Saturday, Sept. 12

Join your colleagues and thousands of other workers from unions across the city this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on 45th street between 6th and 7th avenues for the city’s annual Labor Day parade.

Janella Hinds, Secretary Treasurer of the New York City Central Labor Council, will be marching with the parade grand marshal, George Gresham, President of 1199 SEIU.

Hear Janella and fellow Team HS member Tim Evans tell why marching in the Labor Day parade is an important show of union strength »


Prepare for your initial planning conference now!

Now is the time to prepare for your initial planning conference (IPC). Remember that the IPC is a one-on-one meeting held at a date and time mutually agreed upon by you and your principal. This meeting provides an opportunity for you to select your observation option, discuss your programs for this school year and express any concerns and possible solutions for your students.

For teachers rated Developing or Ineffective for the 2014–15 school year, this meeting also serves as a place to discuss the collaborative development aspects of the teacher improvement plan.

See an article for planning the IPC »

And, here is a checklist for preparing for your IPC if you teach students with disabilities.

Reminder: If you received an Ineffective rating or have not yet received your rating, please contact your borough office immediately.


Program problems? … Two days to file reorganization grievances

We have two days after receiving our programs to file a reorganization grievance (right to preference). Contact your chapter leader, district representative or your borough office with any questions or concerns.


Quote of the month:

It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of middle-class security all bear the union label.

Barack Obama


New member information!

Are you a new or recent UFT member? Make sure you have filled out your membership card and see these important resources for new teachers:


Educators teaching students to speak truth to power!

High school educators from all five boroughs attended a summer workshop series sponsored by Team High School and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights to increase student engagement on social justice and human rights in our high schools.

Contact Team High School to schedule a classroom or school visit to introduce to your school or class the Speak Truth to Power human rights curriculum and the social justice student film contest.


Team High School Trivia

The first 10 people to send the correct answers to teamhighschool@uft.org will receive some swag.

Question: Which New York City high school boasts Ralph Lauren and Tracy Morgan as graduates?