Coalitions create opportunity


How do you build advocacy? A coalition joins with another coalition, and so on, and so on, until you have a chain strong enough to wrap around tires and take on winter ice and snow. In the Capital Region, two coalitions met last week for their first joint event with a single goal: “To build […]

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Vet tells his story: from Pearl Harbor to the classroom


Nineteen-year-old Alvin Peachman was playing pingpong when he heard about the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. His heart might have skipped a few beats, like a ping-pong ball skittering across the table. But it didn’t take too many heartbeats after that for him to enlist in the Navy. “We heard the […]

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World AIDS Day: Education and treatment vital


Today is World AIDS Day. It’s worth paying attention to. Because that disease is still with us. You know — the one no one wanted to talk about. Two people I loved died of AIDS in the 1980s and early ’90s, when AIDS was first being discovered and then shushed here in America. David and […]

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Labor history stays alive through resources and recognition

At least two avenues are providing traction for our ability to teach students about labor history and the labor movement. The first: A lot more information and resources are available digitally now, which is especially beneficial since the role of labor is often tamped down in many history textbooks. “There  is loads of information available […]

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World Food Day harvests opportunity to help

An apple is often the symbol of teaching. Many students bring them forth — shiny and polished — to give to their teachers. But, for many teachers, that piece of fall-harvested fruit often means something else now: It is a symbol of how many hungry children sit in front of them in class, or in […]

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Individualism at forefront of Graham School approach

Overlooking the Hudson River, in Hastings on Hudson, sits a unique public school. The outside may appear typical, with two separate buildings, distinguishing the high school from the K-12 school. However, if you were to take a closer look, you would realize that, unlike the unfortunately overcrowded classrooms that plague the majority of public schools, […]

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It’s all about the bus

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They’re back. Those bright yellow school buses are on the roads, ferrying students from sidewalks and street corners to the front door of school. “It’s GREAT to be back. I love seeing how much the kids have grown every September,” said Long Beach bus driver Joanne Rea. All drivers are urged to heed laws forbidding […]

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Rochester RO’s Shelly Clements honored by CBTU

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NYSUT Labor Relations Specialist Shelly Clements was given the Robert Wilson Leadership Award in August at the 2015 Coalition of Black Trade Unionists’ Region One conference in White Plains, N.Y. In addition to her work with more than a dozen local bargaining units, Shelly is very active in Rochester’s Frederick Douglass CBTU Chapter, serving as […]

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Peace moving through a mountain town

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There was a different kind of beauty in the summer night last night in the Adirondack Mountain village of Saranac Lake. It was more than the river, the July evening or the grassy park. It was a beauty that came with care, and with candles. The Saranac Lake Teachers Association, together with the social justice […]

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‘Raising the Curve’ raises awareness about challenges in high-needs school

Looking for an interesting summer read? Check out Raising the Curve by journalist Ron Berler. Berler spent a year as a volunteer teacher aide chronicling the challenges students and teachers face at Brookside Elementary, a high-poverty school in Norwalk, Ct. The author saw first-hand the difficulties teachers experienced as they worked to improve student test […]

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