The Open Market Transfer Plan offers all pedagogues as well as paraprofessionals access to citywide job openings through an online registration process. From April 15 through Aug. 9, UFT members do not need a release from a principal to change schools. They may even apply to schools without current openings; their digital applications are kept on file if an opening occurs.
The union suggests following up all digital applications with a hard copy mailed to the school or a PDF emailed to the school. See the Open Market Q&A which offers more information about the process.