Feb 7: Workshop on Special Education, School Pushout, & Restorative Justice

Students with disabilities comprise 12% of the NYC public school population, yet they receive 30% of suspensions city-wide. Come discuss strategies for ending the #School2Prison Pipeline in Special Ed and building the movement for #RestorativeJustice with all students.

Saturday, February 7th
1:00 to 3:00 pm
@ Teachers College
Room TBA
525 W. 120th Street, NYC
1 | A | B | C | D to 125th St.

All are welcome + Please RSVP Here

& Bring a snack to share!
Flyer attached below.

Media & Storytelling Skill Share

From Press Advisories to Zines!

Come learn skills + strategies from NYC teachers for creating stories with students and messaging our movements. Join us to build a community of educators committed to principled storytelling for ending the #School2Prison Pipeline.

Thursday, January 29th
5-7pm
@ YA-YA Network
224 West 29th Street, 14th Floor
A/C/E/N/Q/R/1/2/3to 34th St.

Please RSVP here!

All are welcome & Bring a snack to share!
Flyer attached below

Register for Teachers Unite's ItAG: Pushing Back Against Pushout: Restorative Approaches to School "Discipline"

Registration is now open for NYCoRE's 2015 Inquiry-to-Action Groups (ItAGs)!
Visit the 2015 ItAG Eventbrite Registration to register today!

Check out the line up below and please see the attached flyer for more detailed information about Teachers Unite's ItAG and the dates, times, facilitators, locations, and registration for all of the 2015 ItAGs. Discounts are available for group and some student registrations. Registration closes Jan. 21st !

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Pushing Back Against Pushout: Restorative Approaches to School “Discipline”
This weekly group will serve as an inquiry into restorative and transformative justice practices, including a look at the history and current political context of this philosophy and practice in schools; a study of particular skill-based practices; and discussion of what implementation can look like in partnership with youth & parents in schools city wide. We encourage current public school educators, students and families to sign up, and no level of RJ experience is necessary.

Facilitators: Tyler Brewster and E.M. / Elana Eisen-Markowitz are both Organizing Council members of Teachers Unite. Tyler has worked as a middle & high school math teacher, a Dean of Student Discipline and a UFT Chapter Leader in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. She is currently a Community Coordinator, with a specific focus on Restorative Practices, at The James Baldwin School for Expeditionary Learning, a transfer high school in Chelsea. E.M. has worked as a high school Social Studies teacher, a part-time Restorative Approaches coordinator and a UFT chapter leader in the South Bronx. This fall, she began teaching at City-As-School, an alternative transfer high school in the West Village. Both Tyler and E.M. have worked in NYC public schools for the past 8 years. Several other members of Teachers Unite will also be supporting facilitation.

Location: James Baldwin School, 351 West 18th Street, Manhattan.
Dates: Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm. Kick off on1/23; sessions following on 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17.

Don't forget to visit the Registration page to REGISTER TODAY!

Join the FULL COURT PRESS Against #SchoolPushout

Help us raise $10,000 to help 50 schools practice transformative justice this year and decrease the suspensions that lead young people to the School to Prison Pipeline.

In a series of 3-on-3 half-court games, teams of educators and supporters will be dribbling, jumping, fast breaking champions in the pursuit of transformed public schools and empowered student voices.
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Saturday, December 13th
2-6pm
Manny Cantor Center

197 East Broadway in Manhattan

Donate at teachersunite.causevox.com

RSVP on Facebook!
Bring your friends and family on December 13th
Volunteer at the event – email Katie@teachersunite.net for information
Spread the Word (flyer attached below!)

Thank you!!!

November 11th Press Conference: #EndB21: An Educator's Perspective

On November 11th Teachers Unite joined the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York for a rally on the steps of Tweed Courthouse to call on the Mayor and Chancellor to make changes to the Discipline Code, including removing suspension as an option for "defying authority" and provide resources and support to schools to implement restorative justice approaches.

Teachers Unite member Tyler Brewster spoke alongside students from the Urban Youth Collaborative. Below is an excerpt from her speech. Read the full thing here: http://bit.ly/1oHdEHP

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Read the full thing here: http://bit.ly/1oHdEHP

Restorative justice isn’t just an idea. I have been on the ground and in the trenches and seen it in action! I know that restorative practices work. It’s so much more than “going soft” on the kids. To be restorative does not mean to abandon all structure and “take it easy” on our students. Instead it serves to empower our students and strengthen the bonds of the community. It pushes students to be accountable and teaches them the skills they need to resolve conflict and repair harms. It encourages a sense of responsibility and it holds the potential for saving our future from the juvenile justice system.

... Whenever I speak on this topic, a particular student comes to mind. Let’s call him Student A. Now, Student A. had been to the school’s SAVE room so many times we could have named it after him. He had also been suspended countless times, and he had even been arrested. It was rather apparent that these traditionally punitive methods were not working. Each time he returned from a removal, he was angrier, more jaded. One day, it dawned on me: I had to do something different. Why not have a conversation with Student A.? Ask him about his needs, his goals in life. Help him develop a plan. A plan so that when he stumbled—because that’s what students are supposed to do—we as educators would be there to pick him up—because that’s what educators are supposed to do. So I did, and it was one of the most powerful and positive experiences of my career. I could immediately sense he was shocked anyone had given him the time of day. He told me, and I quote, he was used to being treated like a problem, so he acted like one.

Now I know some of you are waiting for the fairytale ending to this story, the one where I tell you Student A. never got in trouble again. But restorative approaches are not magic tricks. It’s a process, a journey, a way of life. So what about Student A.? Well, he still has his struggles, but he attends school regularly now and even wears a uniform. He has now begun to shift his view of what school is and is now able to see education and the places it can take him as a real possibility for himself. While that may seem insignificant to some, to me that is a huge success.

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