News & Events

Nov 3

An Open Letter to Every Teacher Who Has Told a Student to Put Away a Cell Phone

Dear U.S. Public School Educators,

In the wake of the #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh, in lunchrooms and teachers' lounges across the country, many educators reacted with shock that any teacher would call security for such a commonplace, modern-day classroom struggle as "Put away your cell phone." They questioned why teachers didn't intervene when their number one role is to protect their students. And they expressed the obvious: that teachers should be supported to grow their practice, including classroom management and de-escalation skills, not call police in instances of everyday adolescent behavior.

Read the whole call to action here

Sep 30

The New York City Council passed a set of sweeping reforms to the Student Safety Act that will result in increased data reporting on school discipline practices and their impact on our city’s children. The amendments will require, for the first time, reporting by both the NYPD and the Department of Education on the use of metal detectors, handcuffs and restraints in city schools.

Teachers Unite has been a member of the Student Safety Coalition since its beginning. Teachers Unite's Executive Director, Sally Lee, made a statement at a September 29 press conference celebrating the amendment.

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Sep 28

Did you know? It’s the Dignity in Schools National Week of Action!

There’s no better time to learn what Teachers Unite membership is all about

Educator Social!

Growing Fairness screening + discussion + Food & Drinks + Meet TU Members

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Tuesday, October 6th
5 to 7pm
LGBT Community Center

208 West 13th Street
A / C / 1 / 2 / 3 / L to 8th Ave + 14th St.
21+ / $5 suggested donation
Please RSVP here
Questions: email anna [at] teachersunite [dot] net
Flyer attached

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Monday, March 2nd = Discipline Code Hearing!

You may have seen the Mayor and Chancellor’s announcement on the Discipline Code this week...

Join Teachers Unite and the Dignity in Schools Campaign-NY in calling for and end to racist discipline in New York City:

Monday, March 2
5pm Press Conference
6pm Hearing
High School of Fashion Industries
225 W. 24th Street in Manhattan

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END suspensions for “defying authority”
SUPPORT students before jumping to suspension
FUND Restorative Justice Coordinators and more PD!

Bring students, colleagues, loved ones—All are welcome!

Let us know you’re coming! Interested in testifying?
RSVP = anna@teachersunite.net

"Scientifically and socially we know that adolescents are "supposed" to push boundaries and make poor choices. When a student makes a mistake, it is an opportunity for real teaching and learning. When we suspend kids, we are only making the problem worse, and pushing them further into the school-to-prison-pipeline. Suspended students fall behind in school. Nothing is resolved through suspension, and in fact, the problems just get worse for the student and the school when no real support is given to deal with his or her issues. We must stop punishing students for being teenagers, and give them the support and interventions they need to learn, graduate, and grow into productive and positive citizens.” - TU member Nicole Riley in Dignity in Schools-NY's press release

Bronx Restorative Justice Meetup

Bronx Restorative Justice Meetup
Where: Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists
928 Simpson Street, Bronx NY
Subway 2 to Intervale Ave, 6 to Hunts Point Ave
When: Wednesday, March 4th
4:00 to 6:00pm
All are welcome—school staff, students, parents, & community members
Food will be provided!
RSVP here
Contact: Katie@teachersunite.net

Feb 7: Workshop on Special Education, School Pushout, & Restorative Justice

Students with disabilities comprise 12% of the NYC public school population, yet they receive 30% of suspensions city-wide. Come discuss strategies for ending the #School2Prison Pipeline in Special Ed and building the movement for #RestorativeJustice with all students.

This workshop will highlight Individualized Education Progam (IEP) Meetings as a site where educators can work with students, parents, and other school stakeholders to make all steps of this process more inclusive and restorative.

Saturday, February 7th
1:00 to 3:00 pm
@ Teachers College
Room GDH 279
525 W. 120th Street, NYC
1/A/C/D to 125th St.

All are welcome + Please RSVP Here

& Bring a snack to share!
Flyer attached below.

Media & Storytelling Skill Share

From Press Advisories to Zines!

Come learn skills + strategies from NYC teachers for creating stories with students and messaging our movements. Join us to build a community of educators committed to principled storytelling for ending the #School2Prison Pipeline.

Thursday, January 29th
5-7pm
@ YA-YA Network
224 West 29th Street, 14th Floor
A/C/E/N/Q/R/1/2/3to 34th St.

Please RSVP here!

All are welcome & Bring a snack to share!
Flyer attached below

Register for Teachers Unite's ItAG: Pushing Back Against Pushout: Restorative Approaches to School "Discipline"

Registration is now open for NYCoRE's 2015 Inquiry-to-Action Groups (ItAGs)!
Visit the 2015 ItAG Eventbrite Registration to register today!

Check out the line up below and please see the attached flyer for more detailed information about Teachers Unite's ItAG and the dates, times, facilitators, locations, and registration for all of the 2015 ItAGs. Discounts are available for group and some student registrations. Registration closes Jan. 21st !

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Pushing Back Against Pushout: Restorative Approaches to School “Discipline”
This weekly group will serve as an inquiry into restorative and transformative justice practices, including a look at the history and current political context of this philosophy and practice in schools; a study of particular skill-based practices; and discussion of what implementation can look like in partnership with youth & parents in schools city wide. We encourage current public school educators, students and families to sign up, and no level of RJ experience is necessary.

Facilitators: Tyler Brewster and E.M. / Elana Eisen-Markowitz are both Organizing Council members of Teachers Unite. Tyler has worked as a middle & high school math teacher, a Dean of Student Discipline and a UFT Chapter Leader in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. She is currently a Community Coordinator, with a specific focus on Restorative Practices, at The James Baldwin School for Expeditionary Learning, a transfer high school in Chelsea. E.M. has worked as a high school Social Studies teacher, a part-time Restorative Approaches coordinator and a UFT chapter leader in the South Bronx. This fall, she began teaching at City-As-School, an alternative transfer high school in the West Village. Both Tyler and E.M. have worked in NYC public schools for the past 8 years. Several other members of Teachers Unite will also be supporting facilitation.

Location: James Baldwin School, 351 West 18th Street, Manhattan.
Dates: Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm. Kick off on1/23; sessions following on 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17.

Don't forget to visit the Registration page to REGISTER TODAY!

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