News & Events

Jan 13

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.

Dec 12

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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

Dec 10

#InvestinSchoolsNotPolice

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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Teachers Unite on Melissa Harris-Perry! #NerdLand

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Teachers Unite member Tyler Brewster appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on Saturday, August 8th to talk about restorative justice, school discipline disparities, and police in schools.

Watch both segments of the conversation here and here.

Congrats to Power U Center for Social Change in Miami for this victory highlighted in this segment. We are proud that Tyler could comment on realities of education in response to our Dignity in Schools Campaign partner's achievement! Who are we? DSC!

Victory! City Council Allocates $2.4 Million for Restorative Justice Pilot

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.

TU Summer Peer Exchanges

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

Join us on June 13th: Garden BBQ Potluck!

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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

New Publication!: The Disappearance of Black and Latino Teachers in New York City

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Appreciating teachers means that we fully understand not only the forces that pushout educators, but how the pushout of Black and Latino/a educators impacts all of us.

The New York Times recently asked the question "Where Are the Teachers of Color?" Meanwhile, Brittany Cooper wrote about the significance of this issue in Salon, noting: "An attack on Black teachers is an attack on Black children, Black families, and Black communities."

Teachers Unite is proud to present "The Disappearance of Black and Latino Teachers in New York City," a research collaboration of NYC public school teachers, research students, and professors from New York University and the City University of New York convened by Teachers Unite.

While it is generally acknowledged that more Black and Latina/o teachers are needed in New York City, the fact that the DOE is hiring fewer and fewer of these teachers is less well known. Alarming data in our report include the following:
-Although nearly 70% of NYC public school students are Black and Latina/o, only 34% of teachers are Black and Latina/o.
-New hires of Black and Latina/o teachers are declining dramatically
-Growing racial and economic inequality makes it more difficult for low income Black and Latina/o students to become teachers in NYC.

Read the report to learn more! Come talk with us about it at the June 4th Bronx Educator Conference!

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