News & Events

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.

Jan 13

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.

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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?

May Day Happy Hour!

Come have a happy hour-priced beer (or seltzer!) and meet Teachers Unite members new and old as we celebrate the end of our Spring Member Drive and the first day of Teacher Appreciation Month!

Friday, May 1st
5-8pm

4th Avenue Pub
76 4th Ave. in Brooklyn
(btw Bergen + St. Marks Pl.)
2/3/4/5/D/N/R/B/Q to Atlantic Ave. / Barclays Ctr.

All are welcome (21+)
Please RSVP here!
Questions? Contact anna {at} teachersunite {dot} net

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