Progressive Learning: Common Core Math

FINAL_gl15033-flyer-ACTS-math GRAPHICS FINAL IMAGEJoin us on Saturday, Feb. 28 for a FREE professional development workshop, designed and delivered by the UFT Teacher Center.

The course is free and open to all charter school educators.

Lunch will be provided.

We will be raffling prizes, including movie tickets.

Register here.

The workshop is FREE and open to all charter educators.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

When:
Feb. 28, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where:
UFT headquarters
52 Broadway, 12th floor
New York, NY 10004

Directions to the UFT headquarters.

Bringing the Common Core to Life: Literacy for All Grades

Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 28 for a FREE professional development workshop, designed and delivered by the UFT Teacher Center.FINAL_gl15033-flyer-ACTS-literacy(pic)

Register here.

Participants will:

  • Deepen your understanding of text complexity;
  • Learn strategies to engage students in evidence-based discussions with informational text, using the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program and additional online resources.

The course is free and open to all charter school educators.

Dinner will be provided.

We will be raffling prizes, including movie tickets.

When:
Jan. 28, 2015, 5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Where:
UFT headquarters
52 Broadway
12th Floor
New York, NY 10004

UFT-represented staff at Harlem charter ratify contract

Teaching assistants Glenisha Gunnings (left) and Crystal Chandler, the co-chapter leaders at Opportunity Charter School, prepare to cast their votes.

Teaching assistants Glenisha Gunnings (left) and Crystal Chandler, the co-chapter leaders at Opportunity Charter School, prepare to cast their votes.

UFT members at Opportunity Charter School in Central Harlem have ratified a four-year contract that significantly lowers employee health plan costs, increases wages and introduces a salary schedule that pays educators based on education and years of experience.

The new collective-bargaining agreement, the secondary school’s second, runs from Sept. 1, 2014, through Aug. 31, 2018. It covers the 75 teachers, teaching assistants, behavior specialists, learning specialists, consultant teachers, coaches, assistant deans, guidance counselors and social workers at the charter school, which enrolls many students who have learning disabilities or are struggling academically.

Co-Chapter Leader Crystal Chandler, a teaching assistant at the school, praised the main features of the new contract. She said the increased employer contributions to health insurance will make health plans that cover spouses and children more affordable for staff. She also noted that the new uniform salary schedule and higher wages would result in a more stable workforce at the school.

“What we gained in this contract will definitely help our members at the school,” said Chandler. “We are excited to start the school year on a positive note and to focus on educating our awesome students.”

Smarter charters

by Maisie McAdoo

The rapid growth of charter schools, in New York and around the country, has often put union supporters’ teeth on edge. This idea for an experimental public school model led by unionized teachers and working closely with district schools — originally the brainchild of UFT co-founder Albert Shanker — has morphed into an anti-union movement by some charter advocates in New York, who have taken hedge fund millions to promote their schools at the expense of the public school system. This week, in fact, a pro-charter group, Families for Excellent Schools, will spend a big chunk of that donated dough, $479,000 to be precise, on an advertising campaign designed to denigrate district public schools.

Authors Richard Kahlenberg and Halley Potter of The Century Foundation have stepped into this ugly fight with admirable even-handedness. In an op-ed in the Daily News on Sept. 28, they criticized the hostile approach of some charter advocates and called for charter leaders to stop “union busting” in their schools and instead move to forge collaboration between charters and regular public schools. Continue reading&#0133

Boosting parent and guardian engagement at your school

gl15025-flyer-ACTS-parent engagement FINAL PICIt’s good for students, good for educators and creates a healthier school culture. But how do you get parents and guardians more engaged?

Join us for a FREE professional development workshop that will help educators learn new ways of involving parents and guardians in their students’ academic and emotional success.

Register here.

IN THIS SESSION, YOU WILL:

  • Identify key strategies for including parents in their child’s education;
  • Determine what parent engagement looks like for your students;
  • Understand and identify ways for parents to be engaged;
  • Learn how successful family involvement can improve morale and promote
  • a positive school climate.

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