News & Events

Mar 16

What should NYC be spending on #RestorativeJustice?
What do YOU want to tell the Mayor about Investing in #SchoolsNotPolice?

Join Teachers Unite and the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York at the

City Council Preliminary Education Budget Hearing

Wednesday, March 16th
City Hall, Lower Manhattan

Public Testimony Starting at 1pm
Flyer here.

Join students, parents, and educators in calling for greater investment and sustainable funding for:
• Restorative Justice Coordinators on staff at schools
• Student and Parent Training and Leadership
• District-Wide Coordination
• Professional Development

RSVP here
& Learn more here

What do YOU want to tell the Mayor about Investing in Schools, Not Police?
Share your thoughts in our brief survey here

Restorative Justice is not a trendy new buzzword or a policy mandate from above. It is a reflective, cultural shift that takes years for schools to fully integrate. Let's invest in our public schools by respecting their choices for how to best shift school climate. What if the mayor's budget allocated $20 million to school site staffing, youth and parent leadership, as well as professional development and coordination? We demand that the mayor's budget do this right and kickstart something inspiring, something that lasts.

Mar 10

Join a conversation with educators, students, and parents (all are welcome!) about implementing Restorative Justice in NYC schools. Bring questions & challenges to share and discuss from your work growing RJ at your schools!

Thursday, March 10th in the Bronx:

Cornerstone Academy for Social Action (CASA) Middle School
5:00 to 6:30pm
3441 Steenwick Ave.
5 to Eastchester Dyre Ave.

There will be pizza. Flyer here.
RSVP at TinyURL.com/CASAmeetup

Thursday, March 17th in Manhattan

The James Baldwin School
4:30 to 6pm
351 W. 18th Street
L/A/C/E/2/3 to14th Street / 8th Ave.

There will be pizza. Flyer here.
RSVP at TinyURL.com/BaldwinMeetup

Mar 8

What do YOU want to tell the Mayor about Investing in Schools, Not Police?
Share your thoughts in our brief survey here: tinyurl.com/SchoolsNotPolice

TU members and our partners in the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) have spent over a decade in the movement against zero tolerance, metal detectors, and increased policing in schools.

In his preliminary budget released in January, Mayor de Blasio proposed nearly $45 million for positive school safety resources. When it comes to the criminalization of students, the political tide is turning thanks to committed, grassroots organizing.

But shouldn't this money go to... schools?

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Schools have long been asking for the capacity to hire a Restorative Justice Coordinator on staff to support student and family leadership, professional development, and community involvement. These are key to sustainable and meaningful positive shifts in school culture.

However, 88% of the school climate package funds a piecemeal continuation of professional development training by unaccountable private vendors rather than going to schools through a coordinated plan.

Our members know too well how ineffective programs can be when run by those disconnected from a school 's community. The assumption that those outside of public schools are educational "experts" has given rise to a host of destructive reforms. With this in mind, Teachers Unite members and DSC-NY provided the Mayor and Chancellor with a blueprint for successfully supporting Restorative Justice in schools from the bottom up.

As we state in our video message, Restorative Justice is not a trendy new buzzword or a policy mandate from above. It is a reflective, cultural shift that takes years for schools to learn. Let's invest in our public schools by respecting their choices for how to best shift school climate.

What if the mayor's budget allocated $20 million to school site staffing, youth and parent leadership, as well as professional development and coordination? We demand that the mayor's budget do this right and kickstart something inspiring, something that lasts.

What do YOU want to tell the Mayor about Investing in Schools, Not Police?
Share your thoughts in our brief survey here: tinyurl.com/SchoolsNotPolice

Make Your Voice Heard! Join Teachers Unite and DSC-NY at the Education Budget Hearing on Wednesday, March 16th. For more info, write to info [at] teachersunite [dot] net.

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Amendments passed on Student Safety Act!

The New York City Council passed a set of sweeping reforms to the Student Safety Act that will result in increased data reporting on school discipline practices and their impact on our city’s children. The amendments will require, for the first time, reporting by both the NYPD and the Department of Education on the use of metal detectors, handcuffs and restraints in city schools.

Teachers Unite has been a member of the Student Safety Coalition since its beginning. Teachers Unite's Executive Director, Sally Lee, made a statement at a September 29 press conference celebrating the amendment.

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Educator Social for Dignity in Schools Week of Action!

Did you know? It’s the Dignity in Schools National Week of Action!

There’s no better time to learn what Teachers Unite membership is all about

Educator Social!

Growing Fairness screening + discussion + Food & Drinks + Meet TU Members

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Tuesday, October 6th
5 to 7pm
LGBT Community Center

208 West 13th Street
A / C / 1 / 2 / 3 / L to 8th Ave + 14th St.
21+ / $5 suggested donation
Please RSVP here
Questions: email anna [at] teachersunite [dot] net
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Teachers Unite on Melissa Harris-Perry! #NerdLand

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Teachers Unite member Tyler Brewster appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on Saturday, August 8th to talk about restorative justice, school discipline disparities, and police in schools.

Watch both segments of the conversation here and here.

Congrats to Power U Center for Social Change in Miami for this victory highlighted in this segment. We are proud that Tyler could comment on realities of education in response to our Dignity in Schools Campaign partner's achievement! Who are we? DSC!

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

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