National Poetry Month brings news, teaching support


Does poetry seem unnecessary to you? Like an extra piece of jewelry? Or the whipped cream on the all-American, hearty apple pie? Poetry has been maligned like that. It’s used to it. But poetry asks us to pay attention.  A good poem has a relevant subject, and expresses an original take on matters, says George [...]

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Equal Pay Day a union reminder

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. Many of you will remember it because we’re a week away from the deadline to file income tax returns. If you’re a woman, however, you might remember it because, for all of your working life it’s been the day to mark how long you have [...]

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RA logistics: behind the scenes, before and after


Behind the scenes of the NYSUT RA, union staff scurries about busily before, during and after to make things tick, whirr and purr. The Information Technology department sets up and then breaks down the Internet zone that provides computers for members to use during the assembly. They also set up the Political Action Center, where [...]

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Charged-up delegates get ready to make policy


On many street corners in Manhattan right now, you can find someone hawking the ubiquitous black umbrella for $5. Buyers are seeking protection from the rain, just as NYSUT members descending on the city for the start of the 42nd Representative Assembly are seeking the protection that their union provides. Attacks on public education, gross [...]

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Union hotel workers: pride and professionalism


Within minutes of the completion of a NYSUT luncheon attended by several hundred local presidents, a team of black-jacketed union waiters had the room at the Hilton stripped and cleaned. Among them was Luigi Camaj, working his 43rd year as a waiter – 13 years at the Hilton, where he has served as waiter for [...]

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Women’s History Month still alive with learning

I’ve learned a lot this month. During Women’s History Month every March, a lot of information comes across my desk and on my computer. I’m always struck by the power of women to change the world, to fix their neighborhood, to right wrongs, to shelter those in need, to save a family, to keep trying. [...]

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Schools throw down another Winter Challenge: End GEA


To promote tourism in upstate New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo hosted the 2014 Winter Challenge in Lake Placid this past weekend. He brought along quite a crew: about 400 state and elected officials, staff and some people who just love the great outdoors in winter. Events included curling, ice hockey, ice skating, toboggan, alpine skiing [...]

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A book a day keeps boredom at bay

Read Across America

Tomorrow is the end of the third quarter marking period at Giffen Elementary School in Albany — but today was a day for nice surprises. Each first- and second-grader was presented with a book of their own, a box of pencils, and a cardboard “Cat in the Hat” hat to celebrate Read Across America. “It’s [...]

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Getting ready to read

Readers using Asian languages read down, following the vertical path of the letters. But, in many other places — like America — we read across. On Monday, we will be Reading Across America. It’s time for the 17th annual National Education Association’s Read Across America literacy program, held each year on March 2, Dr.Seuss’s birthday. [...]

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Professionals share experience, wisdom with students for Black History Month


This year, Troy’s Carroll Hill Elementary School students in the Reading and Recreation After-school Club are raising money to visit landmarks in Harlem, to compliment their studies of the Harlem Renaissance for Black History Month. Last year, they learned about the Negro Basketball League and went to Cooperstown as part of that lesson. Next year, [...]

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