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!

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?

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