Volunteers ready to unpack, stack First Books


Students in the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES “School to Work” program (see photo) fold and count “Leaders for Literacy” event shirts and practice how to count and stack the books that will arrive Tuesday as part of First Book’s Truckload Challenge. Volunteers and educators from WSWHE and NYSUT are getting ready to hand out 42,000 free books [...]

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WNY members take the pledge for public schools

Cheektowaga Central School teachers celebrate Day of Blue.

Members from Cheektowaga Central Teachers Association, standing in front of Cheektowaga Central High School, spread the message that “Our classroom matters — Respect public schools” during a special Day of Action held throughout Western New York on Monday, Sept. 8. Educators wore blue in a show of solidarity and took this pledge to convey to [...]

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Rally at Capitol on Thursday for the common people


It’s still summer and the call to be outside remains loud and clear. But  even though the lazy, hazy days of summer have their own lure, issues of concern to the common people — the 99 percent — are still demanding our attention. This coming week, there is an opportunity for you to get outside [...]

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Exploring faith for a fair New York

Exploring faith for a fair New York

Sometimes, it is important to step back, look at problems in a new way and share ideas and concerns with others. The power of reflection and collective thinking can be strong. The New York State Labor-Religion Coalition, in collaboration with other faith groups, is holding open a space and time to reflect on the state’s [...]

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Tragic loss for the family of Maj. Gen. Greene

Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene was killed Aug. 5 in Afghanistan. Greene, the highest ranking U.S. officer in Afghanistan, grew up in Guilderland and was the son of long-time NYSUT retiree leader and activist Harold Greene Sr. Many NYSUT insiders and former retiree leaders will recall that Harold Greene Sr. was the long-time president of [...]

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Are you looking for a little inspiration?

If you are an elementary classroom teacher in search of new strategies and professional networking, it’s not too late to register for next week’s New York State Elementary Classroom Teachers Association’s annual conference. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your morning meeting, or might want to try combining fairy tales with science, there’s something for [...]

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Seeking diversity in the woods


In the woods, a path is made by clearing brush, debris and duff. That is what the presenters and audience hope to do at the “Toward a More Diverse Adirondacks” symposium, which will be held at the Adirondack Interpretive Center at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Newcomb. They want to clear [...]

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P.S.: Summer feast for the eyes is at the Met

Erie Brewster, Edward Murrow High School, Brooklyn, teacher Spy Kontarinis

At at time when school art classes and programs are being squashed again and again due to inadequate budgets — alas, there is a place that uses its prestigious standing in the world of art to empower new artists and showcase student talent. That place would be the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where you can [...]

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Educators book their summer travels through literature


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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Speak out for girls’ education


Yesterday was Malala Day, a day the world community raises voices in honor of Malala Yousafzai and the global effort to have all children, especially girls, attend school. Yousafzai  was shot by the Taliban at the age of 15 for being an activist for girls education. She wrote a blog advocating for education for girls, who [...]

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