Next SATURDAY, Feb. 4th: The State of the Union Conference

NYCoRE members, allies, and supporters (educators, informal educators, parents, concerned individuals), please join NYC rank and file educators at the State of the UNION Conference:


Public education is under attack!

Stand up, fight back!

As educators we are strongest when our voices are united.

That is what a UNION is for.

The UNION makes us strong.


For far too long the leadership of our union, the United Federation of Teachers, along with the national American Federation of Teachers, have been silent, thrown up minimal defenses too little too late, and have even collaborated in the assault on our profession, our students and their families.

It is time to re-imagine our teachers’ union

Imagine. . .

A union with true democracy.

A union where members’ concerns, ideas and opinions form the union identity.

A union that works to educate, organize and mobilize its members in support of public education,

our careers as professionals, and our students, their families and communities.

A union that works to end mayoral control and other racist policies

that have removed the voice of educators and parents from decision making.

A union that works with individual schools to recruit and train chapter leaders and delegates who share this vision.

A union that supports Chapter Leaders in struggles with administrations and in their work to educate and organize members.

Join rank and file union members, and parent and community allies at:

The State of the UNION Conference

Saturday, February 4th, 2012


Come meet other UFT members who want a new kind of union

Learn about the history and functioning of the UFT in workshops facilitated by

rank and file members, union delegates, and fellow teachers



Workshops include:

UFT 101: Introduction to the UFT

Organizing 101: parents and teachers working together–a vision for a community oriented teacher union

The UFT past and present

What is social justice unionism?

What happened to Brown vs. Board of Education: resegregation of our schools

The disappearing Black and Latino Teacher and the deprofessionalization of Teaching

What’s the 1% want with our schools? (Privatization 101)

Mayoral Control vs. A People’s Board of Education

Building your chapter: how do you organize at the school level?

Federal, State and local policy and our schools

What does democracy in our union look like?

Strategy and tactics: after Occupy Wall Street, what’s next for our movement?

Teacher evaluations and transformation school

Conference Info:

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

at the Center for Worker Education

25 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC


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Please register online for the State of the Union Conference:

$10 pre-registration

$15 at the door

Scholarships available, please email

For childcare services at the conference please email Peter Lamphere at


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Action and Exchange Through the Arts (a NYCoRE – New Museum Joint)


How can we use art in the classroom to help us enrich our curriculum?
How can we use art as a tool to connect our students to important issues and engage them in opportunities for dialogue and exchange?



Join New Museum and NYCORE in a FREE special 2-part interactive workshop that introduces teachers to using contemporary art in the classroom. Participants will also work intensively with international New Museum artist Nicolás Paris to explore how art can be used as a platform for discussion and exploration of ideas and have the opportunity to reflect on how to take workshop activities and strategies back into the classroom.


Thursday, February 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the New Museum

Thursday, February 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the New Museum

All participating teachers will be invited for a free tour of the New Museum Triennial “The Ungovernables” after the workshop ends. For more information on this and other exhibitions, see Founded in 1977, the New Museum is located on Bowery at Prince Street and is a leading destination for new art and new ideas. It is Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum.

How do I register?

To register please email Jen at

We encourage participants to sign up for the entire two part series.

Middle School and High School educators are encouraged to apply.

Registration is limited.




Who is Nicolás Paris?

Nicolás Paris is from Bogotá, Colombia. Academically trained in architecture, Paris was a primary school teacher in Meta, Colombia, before pursuing a career as an artist. Paris’s work often draws on pedagogical strategy to incorporate elements of collaboration, dialogue, and exchange in his work, which is oriented around interests in architecture as a model, education as a system, and drawing as a tool. Paris has exhibited around the world and individually in Mexico, Colombia, and Spain. Recent group exhibitions include “Illuminations,” 54th Venice Biennial, Italy (2011) and the upcoming New Museum Triennial “The Ungovernables,” on view February 15, 2012


1.25.12 – Beyond Tolerance Guide Workshop THIS WEDNESDAY

Come out this Wednesday, January 25th to learn more about NYQueer’s Beyond Tolerance Guide and share ideas with other educators!


Teachers and educators often face challenges when considering how to help students think critically about issues of gender and sexuality.  It is often hard to know where to begin, which is one of the reasons Beyond Tolerance: A Resource Guide for Addressing LGTBQI Issues in Schools was created. The Beyond Tolerance Guide is a compilation of resources that can be used to plan whole units, class lessons, club activities, used to provide individual support, or used as a general reference. Check out the first version of the guide in advance here!:
Join NYQueer on Wed Jan 25, 4:30-6:30 at the Bronx Academy of Letters for a workshop where we’ll explore a newly revised version of the guide and discuss which tools and resources are most relevant for us and the young people we work with. New to the guide? Old pro? All are welcome!


4:30- 5:00 Snacks and ice breakers
5:00- 6:00 Guide exploration, question and answer
6:00- 6:30 Share out


Date: Wednesday January 25
Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm
Location: Room 226 @ the Bronx Academy of Letters — 339 Morris Ave Bronx NY (4/5 train at 138th-Grand Concourse or 6 train 138th- 3rd Ave)
Event Contact: Elana Eisen-Markowitz — / 917 737 1839 (cell)
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