Hearing Education Services Newsletter - Fall 2015

With the end of the calendar year fast approaching, I thought it’d be a good time to review some of the great things we’ve done since school started, things that have made me proud to represent you as your elected chapter leader.

Many of you participated in the Sept. 27 Walk4Hearing in Riverside Park, part of a national effort sponsored by the Hearing Loss Association of America. Our HES team surpassed our goal of raising $4,000. Part of the money we raised will go directly into services we provide!

On Nov. 3, we attended a professional day and we were pleased with the presentations and topic. These sessions focused on “Auditory Processing Disorder” and “Transition Words, Thinking Maps.”

Last, we had good feedback from our HES teachers about parent-teacher conferences.

Please visit the Hearing Education Services chapter page on the UFT’s website, to stay up-to-date on our chapter and union events. And please feel free to call me during my UFT office hours on Wednesdays from 1 to 6 p.m. at 212-598-9277. You can also email me at ccortez@uft.org.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

In unity,

Cecilia Cortez
Chapter Leader

HES members walk for hearing

NYC Walk4Hearing Hearing Education Services Chapter members

UFT Hearing Education Services members were among hundreds of supporters who gathered to raise awareness for students and others with hearing loss at the NYC Walk4Hearing in Riverside Park on Sept. 27.

See more photos in the gallery »

Talking about the issues

During our monthly consultation with Assistant Superintendent Helen Kaufman, we discussed a number of topics including the grouping of students, pushing back on overloaded schedules, reimbursements for travel, reducing paperwork. We proposed a single form to take the place of the multiple forms now in use for tracking caseloads and schedules, and are optimistic about its adoption. We also put in a request to find out when our TRAC (Travel Reimbursement and Approval Certification) will be paid to us. Stay tuned!

Consultation meeting minutes are posted on our chapter website.

More training on IEPs

I have also heard from some of you that sometimes you feel pressure to change an IEP. As you know, an IEP cannot be changed without going through a specific protocol that includes speaking with DOE personnel and a child’s parent /guardian. Other issues have arisen with IEPs, and the city will be holding training on them at the district level. HES teachers can register for that PD by visiting the online course calendar on the District 75 professional development website.

Assault on unions

I thank those of you who are active in our chapter and who participate at union events. I know your time is valuable and limited. I urge every one of you to let the world know that unionism is alive and well by continuing to participate. We need you! Your voice is vital to the success of our chapter and the UFT.

We’ve been battling the right-wing assault on labor for years, but now a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, threatens to torpedo the financial structure of public-sector unions.

To learn more about this case, watch a brief video with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka or read the NY Teacher article.

The high court’s decision won’t come until the spring. What we can do now is to make sure that all our members understand what the UFT does for them in terms of salary, financial security, health benefits, advocacy and representation. If you have any questions at all about all the benefits of union membership, send me an email.

Save the dates!

Please mark your calendars for these important events and meetings this year:

UFT Spring Conference
Date: Saturday, May 7
Location: New York Hilton Hotel at 1335 Avenue of the Americas

Hearing Loss Association of America Convention 2016
 June 23–26, 2016
Location: Washington, DC
See more details or register online »

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