News & Events

Jun 29

City Council Funds Teachers Unite + Dignity in Schools Campaign-NY-developed initiative for funding RJ Coordinators in NYC Schools!

Along with the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York, Teachers Unite members have long been advocating for restorative justice coordinators and whole school restorative justice initiatives to be funded by the city. While the Mayor hasn’t funded any restorative justice training or pilot programs for the coming school year, the City Council has agreed to begin to fund restorative justice implementation in 15 schools next year!

"This allocation will support the implementation of a pilot restorative justice program which will change the culture of the chosen 15 schools approach to school disciplinary policies,” the council announced in this budget item (p. 33). No details yet on how schools will be selected. See Dignity in Schools-NY’s statement below and Urban Youth Collaborative’s statement here, and check for updates on our site!

Join Teachers Unite and DSC-NY in applauding the Speaker for this commitment, and help us keep pushing for sustainable resources for ALL schools to implement restorative justice.

Jun 23

Save the dates!

Wednesdays this Summer
4:30 to 6:30 PM
at the LGBT Center
208 W 13 St. in Manhattan
(A/C/E/L/F/M/1 to 14th St.)

Join Teachers Unite members in sharing skills and strategies for growing restorative + transformative justice and building inclusive, democratic NYC schools


Wednesday, July 8th

Scaling Up Restorative Justice in Schools
Facilitated by students + staff from Lyons Community School
Please RSVP here

Wednesday, July 15th
Building Capacity for Restorative Justice with All Members of the School Community
***An intro workshop for restorative justice practices particularly for school stakeholders not always included in the conversation (and DOE trainings) on restorative practices: parents, secretaries, students, paraprofessionals, parent coordinators—all are encouraged to attend!***
Facilitated by Tyler Brewster, James Baldwin School
Please RSVP here

Wednesday, July 22nd
A discussion of Charter School discipline practices
Facilitated by Elleni Ghebremicael and Emmy Bouvier
Please RSVP here

Wednesday, July 29th
Youth Organizing + Storytelling for Social Justice in the Classroom
Facilitated by Becky Del Toro, Sarah Camiscoli, and Mike Schirtzer
Please RSVP here

Wednesday, August 5th
"Tier II" Restorative Justice: Repairing Harm in Schools
Facilitated by Nicole Riley + Staff of E.A.R. West Side High School
Please RSVP here

Wednesday, August 12th
Having the difficult conversation on race & racism with students & school staff
Facilitated by José Alfaro
Please RSVP here

Wednesday, August 19th
Restorative Justice Deaning
Facilitated by Matthew Guldin and Fernando Restrepo
Please RSVP here

May 20

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Teachers Unite's End of The Year Garden BBQ Potluck

Join us in celebrating all the hard work done this year and welcoming new members of Teachers Unite!

Saturday, June 13th
2-4pm

Campos Community Garden
640-644 East 12th Street between Avenues B and C
Alphabet City (Manhattan)

All are welcome: members new and old, families, friends and supporters!

Bring a dish or beverage to share!

Let us know you're coming here

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Media & Storytelling Meetup: November 13th

Join us at Teachers Unite’s first Media & Storytelling Meetup!

Come build a community of educators committed to principled storytelling,
share media tools and skills, and contribute to story-based campaigns for social justice.

Thursday, November 13th
5-7pm

@ Teachers Unite
90 John Street, Suite 308
in Lower Manhattan
2/3/4/5/J/Z/A/C to Fulton

Please rspv: anna@teachersunite.net
Flyer attached
Bring a snack to share!

November Restorative Justice Meetups & Workshops

Teachers Unite is hosting three Restorative Justice Meetups & Workshops in Manhattan and Brooklyn this month!

Please RSVP: anna@teachersunite.net
All are welcome—school staff, students, parents, community members—& food will be provided!
Flyers attached below.

Brooklyn Restorative Justice Meetup

Thursday, November 20th
4:30 to 6pm
Hosted by Brooklyn Frontiers High School

112 Schermerhorn Street
2/3/4/5 to Borough Hall |A/C/F/N/R to Jay St. MetroTech | G to Hoyt Schermerhorn

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Manhattan Restorative Justice Meetup

Monday, November 24th
4:30 to 6pm
Hosted by Lower Manhattan Community Middle School

26 Broadway, 7th Floor Library (entrance at 81 New St.)
4/5 to Bowling Green | N/R to Whitehall | J/Z to Broad | 2/3 to Wall St.

Sign On With Your School Now! End Racist Discipline In NYC

You may have seen Chancellor Fariña’s statement in the Daily News back in Septermber about delaying the release of the 2014-2015 Discipline Code. What’s the hold up?

Young people, parents, and educators know what schools need to create safe communities for all. See statements released in response to the Chancellor from Dignity in Schools and the Urban Youth Collaborative.

YOU CAN TAKE ACTION NOW!

Join the 15 school teams and the MORE Caucus in signing on to this letter demanding systemic changes so that schools have the resources, support, and policy in place to stop the school-to-prison pipeline in NYC.

Are you a member of your UFT Chapter? Parent Association? Student Leadership Council? Restorative Justice team? All of the above? The city needs to hear from people on the ground about what they need to make schools caring communities for all.

Join the list of school teams calling on the DOE to bring systemic change with meaningful community input to school climate and discipline: bit.ly/ZeWiXc

Thank you for taking action.

#EdsResist #SchoolPushout

Breaking the Silence

On October 9th, during the Dignity in Schools National Week of Action, Girls for Gender Equity & the African American Policy Forum held a Town Hall titled #BreakingtheSilence.

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Cis and transgender girls of color testified to a packed house about their experiences with school pushout, incarceration, and other issues they face that are often overlooked by the community. Teachers Unite member Sarah Camiscoli was not able to testify for lack of time, but here is her testimony (you can read the full thing here):

I believe a commitment to wholeness for our schools involves not only addressing the school pushout of young women through zero tolerance policies, suspension, and sexual harassment, but also in addressing the kinds of school push out that are more subtle, sometimes unnamable, and elusive.

In my experience, there is an often-overlooked form of pushout that particularly affects young women of color who attend racially segregated public schools in NYC. This pushout affects young women who are learning English as a second language, and those who receive disability services. The intersection of being a young woman of color, learning English or having a learning disability, and attending a racially segregated public school is an intersectionality that is often unspoken of and, in my experience, can be one of the most menacing in terms of pushout.

Read more here!

Math & Science: Pushing Back Against #School Pushout

Calling Science & Math Teachers!

How can math & science classrooms fight back against school pushout? How are math & science educators creating student-centered, relevant, and restorative learning environments? Join with other teachers interested in sharing resources and building community at the

Science & Math Educator Meetup

Pushing back against #SchoolPushout in our classrooms

Thursday, October 16th
5:30 to 7pm
YA-YA Network
224 W. 29th Street, 14th Floor

A/C/E/N/Q/R/1/2/3to 34th St

All are welcome—bring a snack to share!
Please RSVP: anna@teachersunite.net
Flyer attached

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