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New York TeacherJune 1, 2017

Volume LVIII , Issue 10
NYT Cover - Jun 1, 2017 - Education is a moral issue

Cover Stories

PS/IS 30 students star in “Aladdin Jr.”

Why we’re #PublicSchoolProud

District 20, in the southwest corner of Brooklyn organized a month-long celebration of the arts as part of the UFT’s #PublicSchoolProud campaign

An app to wipe out hunger

Eleven computer science seniors at the Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn have won a national award for an app that connects hungry students at their high schools to local restaurants with food to spare. The problem of hunger is a real one for the Park Slope school, where nearly 80 percent of the students qualify for free lunch. 

Educators focus on an exercise in the UFT Teacher Center workshop on understandi

Professional support is a big part of the day

Educators explored a wide range of learning tools and classroom practices at eight interactive workshops at the UFT’s Spring Education Conference.

Reverend Dr. William J. Barber ll was honored.

No recess ‘until teachers are respected’

This was a Spring Education Conference that was all about a new militancy and an urgency to mobilize nationally to defend public education.

Latest News

Honored for investing in children

Family child-care provider Carlene Stone named Winnie’s Day Care in the Bronx in memory of her brother, Winston.

Brown re-elected to TRS board

Tom Brown, the UFT’s assistant treasurer, has been re-elected as a trustee on the Teachers’ Retirement System board.

UFT members show off their medals for completing the 5K at Coney Island.

In lockstep

A resounding feeling of togetherness characterized this year’s UFT 5K Family Run/Walk, which took place on May 6 in Coney Island.


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City to expand pre-K for 3-year-olds

Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed an ambitious expansion of his popular prekindergarten program to all 3-year-old children in New York City. 


Award winner Laura Tamburo celebrates with her sons Troy and Jay.

‘We do our jobs with pride’

Camille Falci, the pupil accounting secretary at IS 5 in Elmhurst, Queens, and the borough’s UFT Secretary of the Year, says it’s easy for her to go to work every day. “I love my job,” Falci said at the 31st annual School Secretaries of the Year Awards Luncheon on May 6 at UFT headquarters in Manhattan. “We’re a family.”

Feature Stories

Second-graders show off their face paintings.

Night glow

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Bright blue glow sticks lit up the evening sky as 800 students, parents and community members circled the PS/MS 124 track in South Ozone Park, Queens at the Light It Up Blue Autism Walk on April 28.

Teacher Alexi Girlando’s hopes were high when she ordered 400 T-shirts and 400 glow sticks for the event. But she was thrilled when 800 showed up.

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“The shortages didn’t matter because there was so much community spirit,” she said. And there was plenty of paint for the face painters, ink for tattoos and chocolate lollipops her mother had made.

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Students and educators meditate together twice daily at the Bronx HS for Law and

Silence is golden

Meditation program reaping benefits for students and staff at Bronx HS for Law and Community Service.

The school’s youngest students show off their moves.

Black gold

For two hours, more than120 students danced, sang and read poems and prose that showcased black achievement at PS/IS 45 in Bushwick.

More in Feature Stories

Member Spotlight

What I Do

What I do: Liz Galvin, IEP teacher

Liz Galvin at PS 46 on Staten Island is tasked with identifying and addressing learning issues before students are referred for evaluation for special education.

Around the UFT

Welfare Fund Medical Learning Series

UFT members attended a seminar on exercise and sports-related injuries, the school year’s final event in the Welfare Fund Medical Learning Series.

Christie receives flowers from Anthony Barnes of the UFT certification departmen

District 24 Scholarship Dinner Dance in Queens

IS 93 Chapter Leader Subrina Cek, who passed away in February, was paid tribute at the UFT’s annual District 24 Scholarship Dinner Dance, which drew more than 300 educators and other members of the public school community on April 25.

Say yes to the dress

Nearly 600 middle and high school girls, including groups from around the city that traveled on 10 UFT-sponsored buses, went "shopping" at the Prom Boutique on April 29 at Nassau Community College on Long Island.

Art teacher Yaffa Rasowsky (center) with (from left) music teacher Sean McCluske

Art exhibit at PS 249, Brooklyn

PS 249 in Flatbush saw its gymnasium transformed into a gallery on May 17 as students, teachers and parents celebrated the school’s ninth annual student art exhibition.

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District 11 Scholarship Dinner Dance in the Bronx

More than 400 people attended the union’s inaugural District 11 Scholarship Dinner Dance on April 26.

You Should Know

You Should Know

Help for struggling tenured teachers

The Peer Intervention Program (PIP), a collaborative program between the Department of Education and the UFT, helps tenured teachers who are struggling in their schools or who wish to further refine and improve their pedagogical skills.
You Should Know

New school-employee parking procedures

Starting on May 18, the school’s on-street parking spots became available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Secure Your Future

How to handle your Tax-Deferred Annuity

Figuring out what to do with your Tax-Deferred Annuity when you retire is extremely important since for most of us, it's our largest financial asset.

Your Well-being

Use summer to explore

Here are some strategies to make it through June and plan for a summer with a genuine break.

Opinions

President's Perspective

Spring awakening

The inspiring address by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II at our Spring Conference on May 13 couldn’t have come at a better time.

VPerspective

Standing with our immigrant students

Federal immigration agents visited PS 58 in Maspeth, Queens, on May 11 in search of a 4th-grade student.
Opinion

Shame on Eva

House Speaker Paul Ryan — fresh from celebrating passage of a health care bill in the House that would leave 24 million people uninsured and give a generous tax cut to billionaires — headed to Success Academy I in Harlem on May 9 for a personal guided tour led by Eva Moskowitz.
Opinion

Lessons in respect

Students should feel safe and supported in our schools, no matter what else is going on in their lives — or in the nation.
Comments

Literacy test elimination

I recently read that the New York Board of Regents eliminated the literacy test for prospective teachers because minority candidates passed the literacy exam at lower rates than white candidates [The New York Times, March 13].
Comments

Single-stall solution

Regarding “Transgender policy starts with respect for all” [May 4]: To achieve respect for all, we must first accept the fact that tolerance of one’s private space and private parts is a two-way street.
Comments

Law determines an American

UFT Vice President Richard Mantell [“What is an American?” VPrespective, May 4] gives what professes to be a working Merriam Webster dictionary definition of the word “American”: “a native or inhabitant of any of the United States.” He argues for an “expansive view” of “American” to counter a narrow view, resulting from intolerance.

Teaching Resources

Learning Curve

Understanding math has replaced ‘drill and kill’

There’s been a seismic shift in the way teachers approach math instruction over the last few decades. Rote memorization of mathematical algorithms — or so-called “drill and kill” instruction — has given way to experiential learning.

Research shows

Scores lower for students with vouchers

Students in the nation’s only federally funded school voucher program perform worse on standardized math and reading tests when compared with their public school peers, a new rigorous study from the U.S. Education Department has found.

Teacher to Teacher

Getting students to lead the lesson

I find my students are more active and motivated when a classmate is leading the class discussion. But what are some steps that teachers can take to create a foundation that will support meaningful accountable talk?

Building Your Career

New Teachers

Post-it notes as visual aids

The Post-its on the chalkboard consist of annotations my students made during our class reading.
New Teachers

Stay organized, reflect and celebrate

With summer inching closer, here are some tips to get your classroom together, review the work you’ve done this year and commemorate a job well done.


Retired Teachers News

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We must organize the organized

Organize the organized! That’s an old labor saying to remind union leaders that simply signing up individuals as members should not be the end of the process. If anyone thinks that, they are flirting with dead-end disaster. There must be followup, an ongoing grass-roots relationship between members and union leaders. Today, that’s called member engagement and it’s seen as an antidote to the toxic attacks on public employee unions by right-wing, anti-labor forces that have gained a foothold in the American body politic.

Member engagement is not new to the UFT as so many retirees can attest. If we go back to our first strikes to gain collective-bargaining rights, we can remember how each of us was called upon to participate. We were determined to have a powerful voice in our own economic and professional struggles for dignity and respect. Solidarity marked our beginnings. But it didn’t stop there. Participation in community school board elections, political support for friendly legislators, Albany Lobby Day trips, visits to elected officials and becoming educational advocates for our students and the public school system all flowed from the initial formation of the UFT.

More effective schools, UFT Teacher Centers, peer intervention and mentoring are early examples of supporting and engaging members in policies and programs beyond the basic collective-bargaining process.