Educators book their summer travels through literature

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This week, educators across New York are unpacking cartons of NYSUT-provided books they received from First Book to hand out to students. The beautiful books come in hardcover and softcover, and include recent, popular titles and classical fiction. There are funny books, adventure books and mysteries. Titles include middle-grade books, young-adult books and books in [...]

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Spring is green – and so is chemistry

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Spring is not the only thing that’s going green.  At many schools in New York, so is chemistry. And it won’t end when the seasons change. In an article in the April issue of NYSUT United, teachers shared how they are using green chemistry to reduce toxins, prevent pollution; increase safety; reduce or eliminate disposal [...]

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Woman labor pioneer earns stage presence in new musical

Let’s test your labor knowledge: Who was the first female to hold a national labor post? Who formed the first female union in the country? Who led a strike of 200 laundresses? The answer to all of those questions would be Kate Mullany, a 19th century laundry worker who began protesting dangerous and unhealthy working [...]

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Picket in the Pines: How one person is finding his power

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UPDATE: Jason Smith, whose call-to-action is featured in this blog post, appears on the cover of the May/June 2014 edition of NYSUT United in a photo taken at the Picket in the Pines event. If you’re tired of for-profit companies making money off of testing students and generating anxiety as they generate cash; if you [...]

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National Poetry Month brings news, teaching support

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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