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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Teachers Unite Spring Member Drive: How Will YOU Push Back?

April 30, 2015

For the past ten days, we've been sharing the stories of our members who have found in Teachers Unite a space to push back against school pushout, isolation, and burnout, and a place from which to build strong school communities committed to social justice and dignity for all students, parents, and educators.

Join us today!

Here are all the stories in one place:

Nicole's Push for Healthy Schools

Taeko's Push for Idealism

Samantha's Push Back Against Punitive Discipline

Tyler's Push for Youth Power

Eli's Push Back Against Burnout

Becky's Push for Community

Sarah's Push for Critical Thinking

and Miranda's Push Back Against Data-Driven Education "Reform"

Together, we can transform public education. What do YOU most want to push for?

May Day Happy Hour!

Come have a happy hour-priced beer (or seltzer!) and meet Teachers Unite members new and old as we celebrate the end of our Spring Member Drive and the first day of Teacher Appreciation Month!

Friday, May 1st
5-8pm

4th Avenue Pub
76 4th Ave. in Brooklyn
(btw Bergen + St. Marks Pl.)
2/3/4/5/D/N/R/B/Q to Atlantic Ave. / Barclays Ctr.

All are welcome (21+)
Please RSVP here!
Questions? Contact anna {at} teachersunite {dot} net

April 25th: Elementary School Restorative Justice Peer Exchange

What does Restorative Justice look like in elementary school communities? What are the possibilities in elementary schools? Come meet & learn with elementary school educators who are working to transform their schools through restorative justice practices.

Join TU Peer Exchange
Saturday, April 25th
1:30-3:30pm
Location: Neighborhood Preservation Center
232 E 11th Street

Please RSVP here

April 14: Student Safety Act Hearing

Have some thoughts and questions about police arrests, summonses, and scanning in NYC schools?

Join Teachers Unite + Dignity in Schools-NY + the Student Safety Coalition at a

Hearing for the Student Saftey Act
Tuesday, April 14
City Hall, NYC
Begins at 1pm

The Student Safety Act (SSA) requires quarterly reporting by the DOE and NYPD to the City Council on school safety and disciplinary issues, including incidents involving arrests and suspensions of students. Since its enactment in 2011, the SSA has provided policymakers and the public with data to study the impact of disciplinary practices. The enhanced transparency has fueled important conversations and policy changes to keep students in the classroom.

Now, in 2015, amendments are needed to increase data transparency and to ensure the students, parents, advocates, educators and policy makers have a complete picture of New York City’s school discipline practices and their impact on our city’s children. More info in attached PDF!

RSVP: anna@teachersunite.net
Let us know if you’re interested in testifying!


Students, teachers, parents—all are encouraged to attend.

Bronx Restorative Justice Meetup @ Fannie Lou Hamer High School!

Come meet students at Fannie Lou as they present and lead us through their experience in restorative circles in building community and addressing conflict at Fannie Lou. Lets come together to exchange ideas of working to transform our Bronx public schools through restorative justice practices.

Hosted by Fannie Lou Hamer High School
Tuesday, April 28th
4:00 to 6pm
1021 Jennings St., Bronx NY
2 train to Freeman Street
4 / 5 / 6 train to Whitlock Ave

Please RSVP here

Questions email Katie {at} teachersunite {dot} net

All are welcome—school staff, students, parents, community members
& food will be provided!

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