Video contest powers up students’ drive

I will long remember riding the train to New York City in the spring a year and a half ago, sitting with a group of students from Saratoga BOCES who had just won the first ever Speak Truth to Power video competition. There was Sean in his new aqua-colored dress shirt, and Sarah with her […]

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Kennedy: Changing school culture can end bullying (Washington Post)

NYSUT is proud of its many partnerships with organizations and individuals that share its commitment to social justice issues. Among those partnerships is the union’s strong affiliation with the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, headed by Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of the late senator. NYSUT and the RFK Center worked together to produce […]

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Students stunned at video victory; environment is also a winner

Sitting around a table at Meyers Center BOCES in Saratoga, students, teaching assistants, and teachers were busy crocheting. They weren’t making afghans or shawls– but rather, they were turning plastic into possibility. Little did they know they were also making history. Using plastic bags that many people throw away, students cut them into strips. Each […]

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Lights, camera, action!

Joi Chimera’s question for you is not, “Will you get your students involved?”, but “WHEN will you get your students involved?” Are you looking for a way to help your students become more socially conscious while incorporating the Common Core Learning Standards? The Kenmore TA member suggests the “Speak Truth to Power” video contest. The […]

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Speak Truth to Power lessons in the news

NYSUT’s work made international news on June 1. Here’s a link to story on the Inter Press Service. Their links are a bit outdated, so here’s a direct link to the curriculum. Thanks Joi from Kenmore for alerting us to it.

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The inside scoop on a new video competition

Human rights activist and Shanker award winner Kerry Kennedy gave delegates a scoop Thursday night, sharing the news that NYSUT and the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights will be partnering on a new initiative — a video competition for student filmmakers that will commence in the next academic year.

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More smiling kids


I just received this pic of high school seniors in the Saranac schools. The students were among those statewide participating in the December Speak Truth to Power webinar. All of the schools were eligible for some prizes. Thanks for sending it Elise Beaulieu. Keep standing up and speaking out!

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Coxsackie-Athens students moved by human rights webcast

Jennifer Rios

Students at Coxsackie-Athens High School in rural Greene County were particularly moved Friday – some near tears – when they heard 16-year-old Jessica Rios talk about her life as a migrant farm worker. “Is this what my life will always be like?” she muses in The Harvest, a new documentary by filmmaker U.Roberto Romano that […]

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PHOTOS: Speak Truth to Power webcast

Today’s celebration of International Human Rights Day and the launch of the new Speak Truth to Power human rights curriculum came to classrooms across New York live from Chestnut Ridge Middle School in Spring Valley, New York.

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Lucas Benitez arrives in NY for today’s human rights webcast

Lucas Benitez flew in to Westchester airport yesterday afternoon, bundled up for New York’s frigid weather and noting that it was, remarkably, 38 degrees in Florida: not enough to imperil the tomato crop but still unseasonably cold. At dinner with teachers and fellow unionists he told of a great gain, recently inked, for Immokalee Workers, […]

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