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Celebrate and learn at Spring Conference

New York Teacher
Erica Berger

A light moment from last year’s UFT Spring Education Conference.

Registration is open for the UFT Spring Education Conference — the union’s signature education event of the year — on Saturday, May 19, at the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan.

It’s a time to celebrate, nurture and inspire the work of public school educators throughout the city. In addition to relevant workshops offered for CTLE credit, there will be the presentation of the prestigious John Dewey Award, a morning town hall featuring a prominent education policy maker or elected official, and an exhibition hall where students from career and technical education high schools will demonstrate their skills in cooking, robotics, optometry and much more.

It’s a time to meet educators from across the city, catch up on the latest in education news and recharge for the year ahead. This year’s conference features in-demand workshops by popular presenters on techniques to support positive behavior; engaging the disengaged male; promoting inclusive learning environments; STEM projects that nurture creativity; and other relevant topics. Read a full description of the workshop options and register online »

The day kicks off with a buffet breakfast, and there will also be a gala luncheon featuring an address by UFT President Michael Mulgrew. 

The registration fee is $50. For participants who wish to earn 2.5 CTLE hours for the workshop portion, teachers must pay an additional $30 and paraprofessionals must pay an additional $15. The deadline to purchase tickets is May 9.

This year, there is a new online registration and credit card payment system instead of coupons and checks.

Here’s what Jaimie Hoch Kohl, of PS 135 in Queens, said after attending last year’s conference: “After nearly 24 years with the Department of Education, I finally attended my first Spring Education Conference and it was truly inspiring. Already looking forward to next year’s event!”

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