News & Events

Mar 5


MAY 8, 2015 at Lehman College

Proposals for workshops due by March 27, 2015 to David Fletcher

Register for the Conference by April 14, 2015

You are warmly invited to facilitate and participate in a series of panels and workshops to discuss and explore the need for and the benefits to be gained from restorative practices being implemented in K-12 schools, undergraduate and graduate schools of education, and community organizations and government agencies.

Mar 5

Thanks to all who came out to the Discipline Code Hearing on Monday, March 2nd.

""If the first thing you want to do is suspend a kid for being insubordinate, where's your responsibility as an educator for building a relationship with that student"- Teachers Unite member Jamaal Bowman speaks at the press conference outside the hearing. More photos here.

Students and teachers, parents, and advocates gave powerful testimony about the need for policy change and more supports for schools to build Restorative Justice.

Read testimony here, here, here, and here from NYC educators.

And check out these two stories in the news featuring Teachers Unite members!

Feb 23


Feb. 25th, Brooklyn Law School, 250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn
March 3rd, College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island
March 5th, Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd, The Bronx
March 10th, PS 69, 77-02 37th Avenue, Queens
March 11th, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 889 10th Avenue, New York

Public Advocate Letitia James is hosting a series of forums about Mayoral Control.

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Have you seen Teachers Unite's report about Mayoral Control? Or our fold-out poster/guide about community engagement under mayoral control?



States spend $5.7 billion a year on the juvenile justice system instead of our schools.

5th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout
October 4-11, 2014

For Immediate Release: September 3, 2014

Contact: Shoshi Chowdhury
Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY)

NYC Students to Start School Without New Discipline Code; Change is Needed this Fall

New York, NY, September 3, 2014 – Tomorrow, 1.1 million NYC students will start school without a new discipline code. Community members and elected officials agree changes are needed to create safer and more supportive schools. The Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York, with the support of 16 City Council members and two state assembly members, is calling on the Department of Education and the de Blasio administration to limit punitive discipline practices and promote positive school climates.

Each year, the DOE suspends thousands of students for minor misbehavior such as insubordination and talking back, infractions that fall under Infraction Code B21 of the DOE’s Discipline Code. While students should be held accountable for their behavior, research has shown that suspensions are ineffective in preventing future behavior problems and can actually increase the likelihood that students get into additional trouble and fall behind in their classroom work. Furthermore, data shows that children of color and those with disabilities are suspended at higher rates for these minor infractions than their peers.

Happy Labor Day! A Year of Growth: Teachers Unite 2013-2014

We've decided to turn the tradition of the Annual Report on its head.

Not exactly sure what Teachers Unite does? Check out our colorful and kinetic Prezi! (Best if viewed in full screen)


We are forever grateful to our fabulous volunteer Miranda Selbst for putting it all together.

Find out what we accomplished in 2013-2014, and start thinking about how you will be a part of Teachers Unite this year. Additional links below!

And, of course, have an exciting and generally kick-ass first week of school!

The School to Prison Pipeline starts in K-5

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Join us for a discussion that kickstarts a community for NYC educators to end overly punitive and racially disproportionate discipline in K-5 schools.

Tuesday, August 26th

4th Avenue Pub
76 4th Ave (btw Bergen and St. Marks)

Subways: 2/3/4/5/B/D/N/Q/R Atlantic-Pacific

Snacks Provided


It's finally here: The Growing Fairness TOOLKIT!

Happy Summertime!

You've seen the film.

You've heard about the workshops.

Now check out the Growing Fairness Toolkit now online!


The Growing Fairness Toolkit features tools and testimonials about implementing restorative justice practices from more than 12 NYC schools, 20 contributors -- and counting! Including original reflections, protocols, lessons plans, sample letters, evaluations, and so much more, the Toolkit is written by the educators who are making a transformational shift away from suspensions and policing in public schools and toward positive accountability, student leadership, and community empowerment.

Check it out now!

& read answers to some Frequently Asked Questions here