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New TV Ad: “Moving Forward”

The UFT on Jan. 4 launched a television ad campaign urging Mayor Michael Bloomberg to put politics aside and reach an agreement on a new teacher evaluation system.

The 30-second spot, titled “Moving Forward,” criticizes the mayor’s education record on topics ranging from misleading statistics and the failing schools opened by the mayor, to hiring Cathie Black as chancellor.

Read the press release »

Encourage Students to Apply for UFT-Funded Scholarships

Each year the UFT awards $1 million in scholarships to academically excellent and financially eligible New York City public high school seniors through the Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund. To receive a $5,000 scholarship from the fund, those selected must be accepted in a full-time, matriculated, degree-granting program at an accredited college or university. Encourage eligible students to take advantage of this great opportunity by applying for a scholarship. You can get more information and application materials on the UFT website. The deadline for schools to mail the application is Jan. 31, 2013.

Hurricane Sandy Relief — Donate to the UFT Disaster Relief Fund

Hurricane Sandy ReliefThousands of UFT members rose to the occasion in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, serving admirably in evacuation centers across the city and providing comfort and solace to our fellow New Yorkers. But many other members were severely affected by the storm and the recovery process will be a long one. Please help UFT members and their families by donating to the UFT Disaster Relief Fund.

Make a secure online donation here »

If you are a UFT member who was severely affected by the storm, or you know one who was, please fill out the UFT Urgent Assistance Form and the union will do whatever it can to get you the support that you need.

UFT Urgent Assistance Form »

UFT Launches Back-to-School TV Ad

From the press release:

More than 8 million broadcast and cable TV viewers in the New York area are expected to see a new television ad sponsored by the UFT that highlights the dedication of New York City public school educators.

The 30-second spot — “Ready” — will begin airing Friday, Sept. 28 on broadcast stations and cable television networks in the New York area. In addition to running before and after the Oct. 3 presidential debate, it will appear on NY1, the “Today” show, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “Good Morning America,” “Jeopardy!,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Conan,” and Yankees games.

Edwize Receives Award from NYC Labor Communicators

After receiving top honors three years in a row, Edwize took home Second Place in the Best Blog category at the annual awards presentation of the Metro New York Labor Communications Council last Friday, June 15 at the Murphy Institute. Our state affiliate NYSUT’s blog was awarded First Place. Congrats to the NYSUT team!

Here’s what the contest judges had to say about Edwize this year:

Edwize’s strength is in how damn smart the contributors are. Everyone who cares about ed policy and NYC education politics needs to read Edwize. It really sets the standard in smart union blogs.

LaborPress wrote about the the Metro convention here.

Request for Proposals: Collective Impact Model in NYC

The UFT is has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to advance the Collective Impact Model in New York City. The idea behind the model is simple: Make schools into community “hubs” where children and their families have access to all types of programs and services, including health and dental clinics, youth development activities, tutoring, counseling programs, health education programs and social services, just to name a few. By seamlessly aligning all of these important resources into the schools’ daily operations and by engaging the community and bringing in outside volunteers, businesses and organizations, schools are able to address the needs of children in a holistic way — not just in academics, but also in overall health and well‐being.

All schools are encouraged to apply.

Download the RFP package »
Read about the Collective Impact Model »

A Letter from Michael Mulgrew to UFT Members in PLA Schools

Dear Colleagues,

The UFT has filed legal papers with the state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to declare impasse in the negotiations between the UFT and the NYC Department of Education (DOE) over a teacher evaluation system for schools that had been placed in the Transformation and Restart models of school improvement. We have charged the DOE with walking away from the negotiations that they were required to complete in good faith by the agreement they had signed with the UFT last June. Further, since the DOE has explicitly refused to negotiate an appeals system, with repeated statements to the UFT in negotiations that they would never overturn a supervisor’s rating on an issue of substance — a stance confirmed by the 99.5% rate at which they currently turn down U rating appeals — they are in direct violation of state education law which requires a substantive appeals process. If PERB declares impasse, as we have reason to believe they will, the NYC DOE will be forced back to the negotiations table to complete the process they agreed to undertake last June.

On the morning of Jan. 13 the DOE sent teams to Transformation and Restart schools, and to other PLA schools which had not as yet been placed in any School Improvement model, announcing its intentions to close your schools, and to impose by fiat a new evaluation system that could be used to remove half of your staff and your principal. In his State of the City address on Jan. 12, Mayor Bloomberg said that he believed there was a loophole in state law that would allow him to take such steps without negotiating it with the UFT. Our UFT lawyers have carefully examined the laws and regulations the mayor is invoking, and we do not see any grounds for the view that the DOE has the legal authority to take such unilateral action. If and when the DOE begins the legal process for closing your schools, the UFT will be immediately taking the appropriate legal action to stop it. More »

Edwize, UFT.org, New York Teacher Win Awards

New York Teacher, March 4, 2010The International Labor Communications Assocation held its annual convention in Seattle in late September, and the UFT received several honors at the organization’s awards ceremony.

The UFT’s website, uft.org, won first prize in the “Best Design” category for websites, and Edwize took home first in the “Best Web-Based Journal” category for the second year in a row.

The New York Teacher also garnered several accolades, including first prize for “Best Series of Articles” (the “War on Truth” series) and “Best Cover or Front Page” (“DOE Pits Parents Against Parents,” at right). A UFT editorial cartoon, “NY State Test Progress Victory Parade,” won second place for “Best Cartoon”; “The school that never closes” won third for “Best Feature Story.”

The awards were for work done in 2010. Here is a complete list of winners.

Edwize Named “Best Blog” by NYC Labor Communicators

Edwize took first place in the “Best Blog” category at the annual awards presentation of the Metro New York Labor Communications Council, held this year on June 17 at the Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. This is the third year in a row we’ve received top honors from Metro — in 2009 and 2010 we were named “Best New Media.”

The judges wrote: “Edwize is the best education union blog we’ve ever seen. True to the blog format with its personal tone of powerful and moving member-written features that present authors as both teachers and union members. Regularly updated with diverse contributors — both staff and members. The blog is a pleasure to read.”

UFT.org was awarded first place in the category “General Excellence — Web.”

Thank you to Metro, and especially our writers, readers, and commenters.

Support Our Schools Rally on Feb. 3

Support Our Schools Rally, Feb. 3On Feb. 1 and 3, the Panel for Education Policy will vote on the DOE’s proposal to close 25 city schools.

Parents, teachers, community members will be there, outside Brooklyn Tech HS, united with the message: Closing struggling schools rather than working with them and offering them the support they need to serve ALL their students is not educational “reform” — it’s educational neglect. Spread the word!

Download the flyer >>

Value Added: An Essay Contest for Teachers

The UFT is holding an essay contest for NYC public school teachers.

You’ve got 500 words. Now enter a UFT essay contest and tell Chancellor Cathie Black about all the value you add to the lives of students! What work do you do every day? What makes you so special? What do you do that often gets lost in all the talk about “reform” and “accountability”?

We will print the winning essays in the New York Teacher and post them on the UFT website. Winners will also receive a ticket (a $225 value) to the Sixth Annual PBS Celebration of Teaching and Learning at the New York Hilton on Saturday, March 19. Three lucky grand prize winners will also participate in a panel discussion at the Celebration with UFT President Michael Mulgrew and other educational leaders.

Mail your essays to: Essay, 52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, Attention: Joseph Colletti. You can also email your essays to jcolletti@uft.org, but embed your essay in the actual email, as attachments don’t always open. Double-space, keep it to no more than 500 words, and please do not send any photos, articles, drawings or other materials with your essay. We cannot return essays. Be sure to include your name, address, school address and a personal phone number and personal (non-DOE) email with the essay.

The entry deadline is Feb. 25.

Edwize Named “Best Blog” by International Labor Communications Association

ILCA awardEdwize took first place in the “Best Blog” category at the annual awards presentation of the International Labor Communications Association, held on Nov. 19 at the AFT headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The judges wrote: “Great looking; includes nice mix of videos, text, images, charts; clear bold headlines, links to comments. Great writing like this: www.edwize.org/an-apology-from-a-teacher. Clear agenda that is advanced; comprehensive use of diverse sources.”

Thank you to ILCA, and especially our writers, readers, and commenters.

Edwize Named “Best New Media” by NYC Labor Communicators

Metro New York Labor Communications Council AwardFor the second year in a row, Edwize took first place in the “Best New Media” category at the annual awards presentation of the Metro New York Labor Communications Council, held this year on June 11 at Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians.

The judges wrote: “This year, UFT took first prize again with its winning formula that gives real, live, flesh and blood teachers a chance to correspond about the trials and triumphs of a New York City school teacher.”

Thank you to the MLCC, and especially our writers, readers, and commenters.

Jan. 31 is the Deadline for UFT-Funded Scholarships

Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund

A million dollar opportunity is a terrible thing to waste.

This year’s deadline, Jan. 31, is fast approaching for the UFT’s annual awarding of $1 million in total scholarships to academically excellent and financially eligible New York City public high school seniors through the Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund.

To receive a $5,000 scholarship from the fund, those selected must be accepted in a full-time, matriculated, degree-granting program at an accredited college or university.

Visit the Scholarship Fund Web page for more information.

UFT-Funded Scholarships

Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund

Do you know a special high school senior in need of a scholarship?

Each year, the Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund of the UFT proudly gives out nearly $1 million in undergraduate and graduate scholarships to academically excellent and financially eligible students from New York City public schools.

The deadline to apply for the 2010 scholarships is Jan. 31. Encourage students to apply today.

Visit the Scholarship Fund Web page for more information.