News & Events

Nov 25

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Dignity in Schools-New York is thrilled to release the third installment of our case study series, co-written & edited by Teachers Unite: Building Safe, Supportive and Restorative School Communities in New York City, Vol. III

This case study shares stories from four NYC public schools that are working to move away from punitive discipline and instead creating restorative, just, and inclusive school climates, with or without the support of the Department of Education. The schools profiled each emphasize the need for multi-stakeholder decision-making, creating core values upon which school communities are based, and not shying away from difficult, necessary conversations about race and racism during this shift from punitive to restorative.

Teachers Unite member Nicole Riley, dean at Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School, profiled in the case study, shares the story of her school implementing restorative justice practices over several years. She emphasizes the need for schools to contextualize the this work within a broader struggle to address racism: "Many teachers are unconsciously unaware of their own white privilege and embedded racism. We need to recognize the vast and varied forms of racism that our students face in our society.

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Parents, teachers, and community members discuss action plans for improving school climate at M.S. 22, one of the schools profiled.

Schools and organizations can use the case study to engage teachers and students, parents, administrators, policy-makers, and their elected officials about what it will take to transform schools.

Check out more resources from Teachers Unite here and here. And write to anna [at] teachersunite [dot] net for hard copies of the report!

Nov 17

Join us for a Brooklyn Restorative Justice Schools Meetup!

Featuring a screening of the new short documentary “Circling Justice”

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at Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders
Tuesday, November 17th
4:30 to 6pm
2630 Benson Ave
D to 25th Ave. / N to 86th St. / F to Ave. U

Students, educators, parents, community members—all are welcome!
& There will be pizza.

Please RSVP here.
Questions: email anna [at] teachersunite [dot] net
Flyer attached!

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

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Discipline Code Hearing Recap!

Thanks to all who came out to the Discipline Code Hearing on Monday, March 2nd.

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""If the first thing you want to do is suspend a kid for being insubordinate, where's your responsibility as an educator for building a relationship with that student"- Teachers Unite member Jamaal Bowman speaks at the press conference outside the hearing. More photos here.

Students and teachers, parents, and advocates gave powerful testimony about the need for policy change and more supports for schools to build Restorative Justice.

Read testimony here, here, here, and here from NYC educators.

And check out these two stories in the news featuring Teachers Unite members!

Mayoral Control: Are we stuck with it forever?

EDUCATOR VOICES NEEDED!!!

Feb. 25th, Brooklyn Law School, 250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn
March 3rd, College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island
March 5th, Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd, The Bronx
March 10th, PS 69, 77-02 37th Avenue, Queens
March 11th, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 889 10th Avenue, New York

Public Advocate Letitia James is hosting a series of forums about Mayoral Control.

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Have you seen Teachers Unite's report about Mayoral Control? Or our fold-out poster/guide about community engagement under mayoral control?

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.

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