News & Events

Jul 19

Anne Looser and Megan Moskop are organizing a book club for this summer,
a joint venture for Teachers Unite and MORE members!

We're reading and discussing Police in the Hallways: Discipline in an Urban High School by Kathleen Nolan

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  • We'll meet at noon on July 20th at Megan's apartment (614 W. 138th St).
  • For this first meeting, we'll discuss the Introduction, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2.

Email Megan to let her know you're coming: megan.moskop@gmail.com

May 6

Join us on May 6th, 2016 at Lehman College for the

Transformative Practices & Restorative Justice Conference

A Celebration and A Call to Action

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Celebrate and support the social equity and justice work and efforts of children, youth, and adults who are making a committed effort to create and sustain caring and healthy transformative and restorative learning in homes, neighborhoods, schools and communities.

Workshops by Teachers Unite members and lots of other great orgs! See full program here.

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt

All info and registration here.

May 5

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Teachers Unite is building a movement to end the School-to-Prison Pipeline and dismantle the Prison Industrial Complex. Stand with students and parents and grow this movement with us. Be a TU member!

Read Jason's story, Shana's story, and Kalen's story about why they joined Teachers Unite!

Are you an educator? Membership gives you access to our Growing Fairness film & toolkit as well as monthly members-only bulletins with exciting opportunities, and so much more. Educator, ally, or student: your membership entitles you to a t-shirt & tote bag!

Come meet some TU members in person at our May 5th Happy Hour

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Join us at the launch of the Urban Education & Teacher Unionism Policy Project!

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January 2016: Brooklyn and Bronx RJ School Meetups!

Brooklyn Meetup

Sunset Park High School

Wednesday, January 13th
4:00 to 6:00pm

153 35th Street, Brooklyn
enter on 35th St. between 4th and 5th Ave
D/N/R to 36th Street

Come meet & learn from students, school staff, parents, & community members in Brooklyn public schools who are working to transform their schools through restorative justice practices

Please RSVP at TinyURL.com/BrooklynMeetup

Students, educators, parents, community members—all are welcome! (& there will be pizza!)

Flyer available here.

Bronx Meetup

Bronx Lab School

Thursday, January 14th
4:30 to 6pm

800 East Gun Hill Road
2 to Gun Hill Road

Join a conversation with Bronx Schools about student leadership in restorative justice, and bring questions and challenges to share and discuss from your work growing RJ at your schools

Please RSVP at TinyURL.com/BronxLabMeetup

Students, educators, parents, community members—all are welcome! (& there will be pizza!)

Flyer available here.

Second Annual Full Court Press Against #SchoolPushout

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Eight Teams Compete for 3-on-3 Glory to Raise $15,000 for Teachers Unite

Saturday, December 12th
1pm to 5pm
High School of Fashion Industries

225 West 24th Street in Manhattan
3rd Floor Gym
C / E / 1 / F / M to 23rd St.

Plus Raffle Prizes, Half-Court Shot Contest, Entertainment, & Kids Corner!

Together we can make the 2nd Annual Full Court Press Against #SchoolPushout a huge success! Come cheer on the teams and help us to raise $15,000 for Teachers Unite. The money will go to our work organizing and supporting schools to practice transformative justice & decrease the suspensions that lead young people into the school-to-prison pipeline.

Start your team, check out the competition, RSVP, & donate at www.InvestinSchoolsNotPolice.CauseVox.com

New video! Restorative Justice In Schools: Let’s Do This Right

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If school districts are rethinking discipline, our members--NYC public school educators--want to make sure these "reforms" are done right.

Schools need real resources and support to transform into restorative, just, and inclusive communities.

See our press release here: NYC teachers and students call for investment in Restorative Justice in public education and divestment from school policing—and for teachers to demand action from their unions

Please share the video online along with the photo and social media posts listed below!

The NYC School Safety Budget is almost $500 million A YEAR for policing schools, scanning students, and arresting young people for minor misbehaviors. Think about what kinds of positive supports for students and schools we could be spending this money on. Public schools implementing Restorative Justice need sustainable, multi-year funding for dedicated staff, like full-time RJ coordinators, district-wide coordination, professional development, and youth & parent training and leadership.

Teachers Unite's statement on police in schools
Dignity in Schools Campaign's statement on #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh
• the Youth of Color Statement on School Safety and Gun Violence
• Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York's Blueprint for funding RJ in NYC schools

New Resource for Schools!

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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!

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