News & Events

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

Mar 19

Join Teachers Unite members at our NYCoRE Conference Workshop!

Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the James Baldwin School
351 West 18th Street in Manhattan
Register Here

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TU's workshop is from 2-3:30 pm in Room 320:

Not Just a Suspension Alternative: The Roots of Restorative Justice in Schools
Teachers Unite members will share ideas and practices learned in our ITAG: Not Just a Suspension Alternative: Tracing the Cultural and Philosophical Roots of Restorative Justice. This winter, our ITAG examined a different text each week, tracing the history and philosophy of RJ in order to ground participants in the theory and particular contexts behind the often challenging practices schools are trying out. Through focusing on the political and cultural roots of restorative justice, we hope to deepen and ground our understanding of our own practice in schools as well as city-wide and national advocacy for RJ in schools.

See the whole schedule for the day here.

And come by the TU Table to say hello throughout the day & pick up resources!

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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!

Brooklyn Restorative Justice Schools Meetup

Join us for a Brooklyn Restorative Justice Schools Meetup!

Featuring a screening of the new short documentary “Circling Justice”

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at Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders
Tuesday, November 17th
4:30 to 6pm
2630 Benson Ave
D to 25th Ave. / N to 86th St. / F to Ave. U

Students, educators, parents, community members—all are welcome!
& There will be pizza.

Please RSVP here.
Questions: email anna [at] teachersunite [dot] net
Flyer attached!

Our Open Letter in Huffington Post

An Open Letter to Every Teacher Who Has Told a Student to Put Away a Cell Phone

Dear U.S. Public School Educators,

In the wake of the #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh, in lunchrooms and teachers' lounges across the country, many educators reacted with shock that any teacher would call security for such a commonplace, modern-day classroom struggle as "Put away your cell phone." They questioned why teachers didn't intervene when their number one role is to protect their students. And they expressed the obvious: that teachers should be supported to grow their practice, including classroom management and de-escalation skills, not call police in instances of everyday adolescent behavior.

Read the whole call to action here

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