News & Events

Dec 10

#InvestinSchoolsNotPolice

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

Nov 25

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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!

Nov 17

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!

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Restorative Justice in Schools of Ed Conference: May 8th

RESTORATIVE PRACTICES CONFERENCE FOR SCHOOLS OF EDUCATION, K12 SCHOOLS, and COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS


MAY 8, 2015 at Lehman College

Proposals for workshops due by March 27, 2015 to David Fletcher david.fletcher@lehman.cuny.edu

Register for the Conference by April 14, 2015

You are warmly invited to facilitate and participate in a series of panels and workshops to discuss and explore the need for and the benefits to be gained from restorative practices being implemented in K-12 schools, undergraduate and graduate schools of education, and community organizations and government agencies.

Discipline Code Hearing Recap!

Thanks to all who came out to the Discipline Code Hearing on Monday, March 2nd.

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""If the first thing you want to do is suspend a kid for being insubordinate, where's your responsibility as an educator for building a relationship with that student"- Teachers Unite member Jamaal Bowman speaks at the press conference outside the hearing. More photos here.

Students and teachers, parents, and advocates gave powerful testimony about the need for policy change and more supports for schools to build Restorative Justice.

Read testimony here, here, here, and here from NYC educators.

And check out these two stories in the news featuring Teachers Unite members!

Mayoral Control: Are we stuck with it forever?

EDUCATOR VOICES NEEDED!!!

Feb. 25th, Brooklyn Law School, 250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn
March 3rd, College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island
March 5th, Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd, The Bronx
March 10th, PS 69, 77-02 37th Avenue, Queens
March 11th, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 889 10th Avenue, New York

Public Advocate Letitia James is hosting a series of forums about Mayoral Control.

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Have you seen Teachers Unite's report about Mayoral Control? Or our fold-out poster/guide about community engagement under mayoral control?

Monday, March 2nd = Discipline Code Hearing!

You may have seen the Mayor and Chancellor’s announcement on the Discipline Code this week...

Join Teachers Unite and the Dignity in Schools Campaign-NY in calling for and end to racist discipline in New York City:

Monday, March 2
5pm Press Conference
6pm Hearing
High School of Fashion Industries
225 W. 24th Street in Manhattan

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END suspensions for “defying authority”
SUPPORT students before jumping to suspension
FUND Restorative Justice Coordinators and more PD!

Bring students, colleagues, loved ones—All are welcome!

Let us know you’re coming! Interested in testifying?
RSVP = anna@teachersunite.net

"Scientifically and socially we know that adolescents are "supposed" to push boundaries and make poor choices. When a student makes a mistake, it is an opportunity for real teaching and learning. When we suspend kids, we are only making the problem worse, and pushing them further into the school-to-prison-pipeline. Suspended students fall behind in school. Nothing is resolved through suspension, and in fact, the problems just get worse for the student and the school when no real support is given to deal with his or her issues. We must stop punishing students for being teenagers, and give them the support and interventions they need to learn, graduate, and grow into productive and positive citizens.” - TU member Nicole Riley in Dignity in Schools-NY's press release

Bronx Restorative Justice Meetup

Bronx Restorative Justice Meetup
Where: Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists
928 Simpson Street, Bronx NY
Subway 2 to Intervale Ave, 6 to Hunts Point Ave
When: Wednesday, March 4th
4:00 to 6:00pm
All are welcome—school staff, students, parents, & community members
Food will be provided!
RSVP here
Contact: Katie@teachersunite.net

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