Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,
We've started planning for our fall UFT Brooklyn parent conference! The 2019 UFT Brooklyn parent conference will be our 10th annual conference. With a decade of events under our belt, we want some fresh, new ideas from you to make sure the workshops and speakers address the real challenges you face at home and in your children's schools.
We look forward to hearing from you so we can better support you in helping your child be more successful in the classroom and in helping you be more successful as a parent. Please share your ideas by Sunday, April 14.
We also want to invite you to an event titled A Model School Leadership Team in Action on Monday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the UFT's Brooklyn borough office. We'll watch a real School Leadership Team hold a meeting without knowing who everyone is. At the end, we'll try to guess who the principal, teacher and parent coordinator are. It's a great way to learn about how School Leadership Teams should operate. You can see the flier and register online.
Check out more news and upcoming events below.
UFT Parent-Community Liaison
- Friday, April 5: Come to a free overdose prevention training from 1 to 2 p.m. at Tilden Community Center, 630 Mother Gaston Blvd. Learn to recognize an overdose and become a certified opioid overdose responder. There will also be trainings on April 10, April 22, May 15, May 21 and May 29 in various locations around Brooklyn. Learn more and register »
- Saturday, April 6: Come to the Purpose Driven Men gathering from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Meyer Levin Middle School, 5909 Beverley Road. This gathering aims to engage and empower men through critical thinking and courageous actions to improve outcomes for their families, communities and selves. Register online »
- Monday, April 8: The UFT Brooklyn parent outreach committee invites you to an event titled A Model School Leadership Team in Action at 5:30 p.m. at the UFT'S Brooklyn borough office, 335 Adams St., 25th floor. See the opening letter for details. You can see the flier and register online.
- Tuesday, April 9: Community Education Council 19 will host a self-esteem workshop for parents from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at PS 190, 590 Sheffield Ave. Refreshments will be served. See the flier »
- Saturday, April 13: Come to the Joy of Parenting conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton St. This free event features workshops about financial literacy, supporting your special-needs child and more. Learn more and register »
- Thursday, May 30: Come to a parent member Individualized Education Plan (IEP) training and take the first step toward getting certified as a parent member for IEP teams. This training will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PS 13, 557 Pennsylvania Ave. Spanish interpretation is available. Learn more and register »
News you can use
- Tell the governor to address Early Intervention shortages: Following two cuts in state funding, New York State's payment rates for Early Intervention providers are lower than they were when the program began more than 20 years ago. Early Intervention services are hugely beneficial to infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities. Tell Gov. Cuomo and the state Legislature to restore funding for Early Intervention »
- Go to college for free at the Brooklyn Public Library: Bard Microcollege invites New Yorkers with a high school diploma or its equivalent to apply to attend college at the Brooklyn Public Library. This program offers a liberal arts undergraduate education at no cost and is now enrolling students for the 2019-20 school year. Find out more »
- Free tax preparation help: New York Communities Organizing Fund Inc. offers free tax-filing assistance for families whose annual income is $58,000 or lower. Stop by 447 New Lots Ave. on a Saturday or Sunday between noon and 3 p.m. before April 14. No appointment is necessary. For more information, Download the flier in English and Spanish »
- Don't miss Ready, Set, Kindergarten at Brooklyn libraries this spring: Until mid-April, Brooklyn Public Libraries are hosting weekly learning sessions for children between the ages of 3 and 5 and their caregivers. The workshops explore literacy, science and math through music, stories, art and play. They are a great opportunity to get ready for kindergarten and receive free materials to continue the fun and learning at home. See the flier »
- Apply for free Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) summer camps: Students entering kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to apply for free STEM Matters day camps offered during July and August 2019. The application deadline is Friday, April 5. Apply online now »
- Use your library card for free museum admissions: The Culture Pass program grants library card holders free admission to NYC museums and attractions. Find out more »
- Register for a free mental health first aid training: ThriveNYC offers free mental health first aid trainings in English, Spanish and Mandarin focusing on adults, youth, older adults and veterans. To find a training session near you, visit the website »