News & Events

May 20

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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!

Apr 30

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?

Apr 21

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

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Happy Hour FUNdraiser November 7th

Come kick off our Fall FUNdraiser

Help schools practice transformative justice* and end the suspensions that increase students’ chances of dropping out or being incarcerated

Fall HAPPY HOUR FUNdraiser
Friday, November 7th
5 to 8pm
at Dive Bar

732 Amsterdam Ave @ 96th Street
1/2/3/B/C to 96th

$15 for a sweet Teachers Unite wristband = happy hour prices all evening!
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All are welcome (21+)

Let us know you’re coming!
RSVP: anna@teachersunite.net
Or on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ylFnhD

* Transformative justice is a philosophy that looks at what harm was done, and focuses on how to best repair that harm by giving the victim of the conflict and the community in which the conflict happened a voice and a role in the process of achieving justice.

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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
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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!

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