Webinar offered to help undocumented students

NYSUT members can take part in a webinar on Wednesday offered by the National Education Association to learn more about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Undocumented Students program. DACA was created by President Obama in 2012 to provide young people born abroad but raised here a way to stay in the US [...]

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A look at libraries

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The school library is sort of a “command central” for learning. It’s where librarians recommend books for reluctant readers, and stack the arms of zealous readers with good titles. It’s where students are taught how to do research, how to navigate the web and how to use technology. It’s where teachers and librarians connect, pooling [...]

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Share My Lesson teams up with PBS NewsHour

NYSUT members can now access a variety of middle and high school lesson plans and resources linked to current events and the new Common Core learning standards, thanks to a new partnership between Share My Lesson and PBS NewsHour Extra. Created by the American Federation of Teachers, one of NYSUT’s national affiliates, and TES Connect, [...]

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Prepping for the big unveil on May 1

Please be patient with us over the next few days. Most of NYSUT’s website is locked down as we prepare for a brand-spanking-new design, to be unveiled Wednesday. Wednesday is May 1, which holds great meaning for gardeners and unionists. We’ve been working toward this for a long time. It started more than a year [...]

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New York students excel (again)

Congratulations to the 40 students, and especially the seven New Yorkers, who have been named finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search. Here’s a link to all 40 students and their schools. We’ve teased out those from New York. If the district is obvious from the name of the school, we left that out. Any [...]

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Fight Back Friday: Busy people save time with MAC app

People are busier than ever. Loa Noyd, a music teacher and member of the Hancock Teachers Association, and I have spent weeks trying to find 30 uninterrupted minutes for an interview about her students performing at Carnegie Hall.  Thank goodness for a school holiday, so now the plan is to talk Monday morning. Dozens of [...]

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Yorktown Congress of Teachers stands up, speaks out

Congrats to the Yorktown Congress of Teachers, led by Sean Kennedy. The local has a great website that you can check out. They do a lot for the community, recently raising $2,612 for their local food bank. (Update, make that a whopping $6,000 because after the members raised nearly $3,000 by donating tips they earned [...]

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Technical difficulties

Hi folks! Our host for this blog has upgraded some systems. We were unable to access the site Thursday or Friday morning and it appears that two of the recent posts have disappeared, as well as all comments to blog posts since Aug. 10. We are working with them to fix this. The purpose of [...]

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If the media is the message, I’m not listening

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Sabrina Stevens Shupe is a self-described teacher-turned-activist who has become one of the nation’s most articulate and thoughtful young voices in the conversation about so-called education reform. Shupe is a former elementary teacher in the Denver area and a member of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, an NEA affiliate. She was one of the organizers [...]

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NYSUT’s Phil Cleary in the news

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Our national union leaders are not giving up the fight to restore jobs, and neither is Phil Cleary. Phil teaches preschool students with disabilities in the North Syracuse school system. He’s on his way to Washington D.C. to be part of an effort of labor and community activists trying to get information out about the [...]

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