AFT TEACH 2013: NYSUT members featured in many “how-to” sessions

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On the final day of AFT’s TEACH Conference, the spotlight was on several teams of NYSUT members who are taking the lead in their profession. Educators from around the country attended a session presented by four members of NYSUT’s Subject Area Committee who have developed exemplary Common Core lessons and posted how-to videos and lesson [...]

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AFT TEACH 2013: Social justice just two clicks away

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Educators will soon have access to three new human rights lesson plans, another tool to help further the union’s social justice mission. NYSUT Secretary-Treasurer Lee Cutler and Donna Bryan, a veteran English language arts teacher from Coxsackie-Athens High school, helped lead a panel discussion on “Teaching About Global Human Rights Challenges: Mandela, Malala and GAP, [...]

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AFT TEACH 2013: Poughkeepsie wins AFT Innovation grant

Poughkeepsie TA President Debbie Kardas, NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi and Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Nicole Williams at AFT TEACH.

Poughkeepsie Public Schools Teachers Association President Debbie Kardas saw her face on the big screen at the opening session of the AFT TEACH conference today heralding the announcement that her district  won a $150,000 AFT Innovation Fund grant to build exemplary Common Core lesson plans for middle school and high school English language learners. Poughkeepsie’s [...]

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Parent power packs the plaza

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For four moms at the “One Voice United” rally, the back of their T-shirts said it all: “Peeved Pittsford Parent.” The women explain that they are not peeved at their schools, or their kids’ teachers. They’re frustrated with the state’s heavy-handed obsession with standardized testing and what that’s doing to their kids and their schools. [...]

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Drumbeat against excessive testing gets louder

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblywoman Pat Fahy have a lot in common. They’re both newly elected female legislators from the Capital Region area. They’re both former school board presidents who strongly support education issues. And, judging by a forum scheduled for Wednesday, they’re both concerned about increased state testing and related state and federal [...]

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In Syracuse, AFT President Weingarten calls for teacher leaders to take back the profession

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Some bloggers are calling the pushback “The Education Spring.” AFT President Randi Weingarten calls it much-needed grassroots activism where teacher leaders are taking meaningful roles to build things up – not just shake things up. “It has to come from the ground up, not from those outside the profession,” Weingarten told nearly 200 central New [...]

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North Country educators describe testing’s effects on students

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North Country educators had tears in their eyes as they told stories about distraught children overwhelmed by the state’s growing obsession with standardized testing. “By the 35th day of school, I gave 40 tests to first-graders,” said Robin Jones, co-president of Elizabethtown TA. “I’m sick of it and I know the kids are sick of it.”

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Randi shares a secret

Fares Sirdah, a quiet boy in Mary Guerriero’s class, asked outspoken national teacher union leader Randi Weingarten if she had ever been shy. Weingarten, generally never at a loss for words, paused for a moment and let the kids in on a little secret.

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