News & Events

Mar 19

Join Teachers Unite members at our NYCoRE Conference Workshop!

Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the James Baldwin School
351 West 18th Street in Manhattan
Register Here

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TU's workshop is from 2-3:30 pm in Room 320:

Not Just a Suspension Alternative: The Roots of Restorative Justice in Schools
Teachers Unite members will share ideas and practices learned in our ITAG: Not Just a Suspension Alternative: Tracing the Cultural and Philosophical Roots of Restorative Justice. This winter, our ITAG examined a different text each week, tracing the history and philosophy of RJ in order to ground participants in the theory and particular contexts behind the often challenging practices schools are trying out. Through focusing on the political and cultural roots of restorative justice, we hope to deepen and ground our understanding of our own practice in schools as well as city-wide and national advocacy for RJ in schools.

See the whole schedule for the day here.

And come by the TU Table to say hello throughout the day & pick up resources!

Mar 16

What should NYC be spending on #RestorativeJustice?
What do YOU want to tell the Mayor about Investing in #SchoolsNotPolice?

Join Teachers Unite and the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York at the

City Council Preliminary Education Budget Hearing

Wednesday, March 16th
City Hall, Lower Manhattan

Public Testimony Starting at 1pm
Flyer here.

Join students, parents, and educators in calling for greater investment and sustainable funding for:
• Restorative Justice Coordinators on staff at schools
• Student and Parent Training and Leadership
• District-Wide Coordination
• Professional Development

RSVP here
& Learn more here

What do YOU want to tell the Mayor about Investing in Schools, Not Police?
Share your thoughts in our brief survey here

Restorative Justice is not a trendy new buzzword or a policy mandate from above. It is a reflective, cultural shift that takes years for schools to fully integrate. Let's invest in our public schools by respecting their choices for how to best shift school climate. What if the mayor's budget allocated $20 million to school site staffing, youth and parent leadership, as well as professional development and coordination? We demand that the mayor's budget do this right and kickstart something inspiring, something that lasts.

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Mayor Allocates $$$ For School Climate: Let's Do This Right!

What do YOU want to tell the Mayor about Investing in Schools, Not Police?
Share your thoughts in our brief survey here: tinyurl.com/SchoolsNotPolice

TU members and our partners in the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) have spent over a decade in the movement against zero tolerance, metal detectors, and increased policing in schools.

In his preliminary budget released in January, Mayor de Blasio proposed nearly $45 million for positive school safety resources. When it comes to the criminalization of students, the political tide is turning thanks to committed, grassroots organizing.

But shouldn't this money go to... schools?

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Schools have long been asking for the capacity to hire a Restorative Justice Coordinator on staff to support student and family leadership, professional development, and community involvement. These are key to sustainable and meaningful positive shifts in school culture.

However, 88% of the school climate package funds a piecemeal continuation of professional development training by unaccountable private vendors rather than going to schools through a coordinated plan.

Our members know too well how ineffective programs can be when run by those disconnected from a school 's community. The assumption that those outside of public schools are educational "experts" has given rise to a host of destructive reforms. With this in mind, Teachers Unite members and DSC-NY provided the Mayor and Chancellor with a blueprint for successfully supporting Restorative Justice in schools from the bottom up.

As we state in our video message, Restorative Justice is not a trendy new buzzword or a policy mandate from above. It is a reflective, cultural shift that takes years for schools to learn. Let's invest in our public schools by respecting their choices for how to best shift school climate.

What if the mayor's budget allocated $20 million to school site staffing, youth and parent leadership, as well as professional development and coordination? We demand that the mayor's budget do this right and kickstart something inspiring, something that lasts.

What do YOU want to tell the Mayor about Investing in Schools, Not Police?
Share your thoughts in our brief survey here: tinyurl.com/SchoolsNotPolice

Make Your Voice Heard! Join Teachers Unite and DSC-NY at the Education Budget Hearing on Wednesday, March 16th. For more info, write to info [at] teachersunite [dot] net.

Join us at the launch of the Urban Education & Teacher Unionism Policy Project!

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January 2016: Brooklyn and Bronx RJ School Meetups!

Brooklyn Meetup

Sunset Park High School

Wednesday, January 13th
4:00 to 6:00pm

153 35th Street, Brooklyn
enter on 35th St. between 4th and 5th Ave
D/N/R to 36th Street

Come meet & learn from students, school staff, parents, & community members in Brooklyn public schools who are working to transform their schools through restorative justice practices

Please RSVP at TinyURL.com/BrooklynMeetup

Students, educators, parents, community members—all are welcome! (& there will be pizza!)

Flyer available here.

Bronx Meetup

Bronx Lab School

Thursday, January 14th
4:30 to 6pm

800 East Gun Hill Road
2 to Gun Hill Road

Join a conversation with Bronx Schools about student leadership in restorative justice, and bring questions and challenges to share and discuss from your work growing RJ at your schools

Please RSVP at TinyURL.com/BronxLabMeetup

Students, educators, parents, community members—all are welcome! (& there will be pizza!)

Flyer available here.

Second Annual Full Court Press Against #SchoolPushout

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Eight Teams Compete for 3-on-3 Glory to Raise $15,000 for Teachers Unite

Saturday, December 12th
1pm to 5pm
High School of Fashion Industries

225 West 24th Street in Manhattan
3rd Floor Gym
C / E / 1 / F / M to 23rd St.

Plus Raffle Prizes, Half-Court Shot Contest, Entertainment, & Kids Corner!

Together we can make the 2nd Annual Full Court Press Against #SchoolPushout a huge success! Come cheer on the teams and help us to raise $15,000 for Teachers Unite. The money will go to our work organizing and supporting schools to practice transformative justice & decrease the suspensions that lead young people into the school-to-prison pipeline.

Start your team, check out the competition, RSVP, & donate at www.InvestinSchoolsNotPolice.CauseVox.com

New video! Restorative Justice In Schools: Let’s Do This Right

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If school districts are rethinking discipline, our members--NYC public school educators--want to make sure these "reforms" are done right.

Schools need real resources and support to transform into restorative, just, and inclusive communities.

See our press release here: NYC teachers and students call for investment in Restorative Justice in public education and divestment from school policing—and for teachers to demand action from their unions

Please share the video online along with the photo and social media posts listed below!

The NYC School Safety Budget is almost $500 million A YEAR for policing schools, scanning students, and arresting young people for minor misbehaviors. Think about what kinds of positive supports for students and schools we could be spending this money on. Public schools implementing Restorative Justice need sustainable, multi-year funding for dedicated staff, like full-time RJ coordinators, district-wide coordination, professional development, and youth & parent training and leadership.

Teachers Unite's statement on police in schools
Dignity in Schools Campaign's statement on #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh
• the Youth of Color Statement on School Safety and Gun Violence
• Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York's Blueprint for funding RJ in NYC schools

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