Attention members working in Special Services:
The BTA has been asked to participate in the interview process for the position of Assistant Director of Special Services. Round 1 of virtual interviews are scheduled for Wednesday, May 27th and Friday, May 29th (during the school day).
The BTA has been extended 4 spots, 2 for certified staff and 2 for Aides. If you are interested in participating please let me know by Friday May 15th via email.
You must be available both days and comfortable participating virtually (BOCES will provide release time). Please know if you were recently selected to participate in the principal interviews, you will not be considered as to allow other members the opportunity.
Join Us Center for Professional Development | 5/12/20
When Additional Support Is Needed: Ensuring Student Behavioral Health & Wellness
Hosted by Brandon A. Cruz and Stephanie Marquesano, the harris project, with key partners from The Guidance Center of Westchester and Westchester Jewish Community Services
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the behavioral health and wellness of our students. Everyone is doing their best to maintain connection and offer guidance during these extraordinary times.
The following questions will be answered during this session:
Representatives from two Westchester agencies will share information about the trends they are seeing, details about their youth-serving programs (including LGBTQIA+) and the many ways they continue to support the behavioral health and wellness needs of Westchester students. They also want to hear from you, so there will be time for Q & A.
Audience: Co-Ser 644 members, BOCES Directors, Assistant Supts, Principals, APs, Pupil Personnel, Mental Health Professionals, Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Health Teachers
DATE & TIME
May 12, 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Directions for accessing via Zoom:
Go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81548183674
You will be prompted for our Meeting ID: 815 4818 3674
If you are joining using your smartphone, tap the number on your phone's screen (tap mobile): +16465588656,,81548183674#
If you are joining us from your desk phone, call: +1 646 558 8656
Should you have any questions or encounter difficulty accessing the Zoom meeting, please email Angela Carrasquillo at: email@example.com.
Center for Professional Development & Curriculum Support
450 Mamaroneck Avenue 3rd Floor, Harrison, NY 10528
For more information, please contact Brandon A. Cruz at
At a time when heroes are emerging from every walk of life, it's important to remember the heroes who are there for us every single day.
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to celebrate the amazing teachers who educate our children, nurture our communities, and make all our lives better!
Over the past several weeks, it has become clearer than ever before how valuable and special teachers are to our lives, to our families, and to our communities.
Teachers have heroically adapted to a whole new way of teaching in the face of uncertainty. Teachers have given students a sense of normalcy and routine to help them navigate these extraordinarily difficult times. And teachers have even put their lives and health at risk by going the extra mile to deliver their students the learning materials they need, to help keep them fed, and to volunteer when their communities have needed them.
Every year, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week to acknowledge the commitment and contributions of our dedicated and caring teachers. But this year it means even more.
Take action now to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week by sharing our poster on social media!
On behalf of NYSUT, I want to say THANK YOU to all the teachers across the state for your passion, your dedication, and for making New York better every single day!
We appreciate you.
P.S. Share our poster today, and ask everyone you know to do the same!
Join Us | Week of 5/4/20- 5/8/20
Monday | 5/4/20
Updates from the College Board: AP Exams
Facilitated by Rebecca Kravitz
Supporting Students with Disabilities for Teaching Assistants and Aides
Facilitated by Hollis Dannaham
Wednesday | 5/6/20
Prioritizing Standards to Ensure High-Quality Learning
Facilitated by The Center for Professional Development,
with Special Guest Larry Ainsworth
Friday | 5/8/20
Online Learning for Languages:
Strategies and Practices to Support Communication
Facilitated by Jennifer Eddy
Pre-Recorded Webinars Library:
World Languages for Performance Design Online!
Facilitated by Jennifer Eddy- Click here for Webinar
Speech Language Pathology: Creating IEP-Driven and Motivating Teletherapy:
Facilitated by Dorothy Leone - Click here for Webinar
Virtual Learning in Elementary Schools: Planning for Teaching and Learning for our Young Students
Facilitated by Tracy Tyler - Click here for Webinar
Center for Professional Development & Curriculum Support
450 Mamaroneck Avenue 3rd Floor, Harrison, NY 10528
For more information, please contact Tracy Tyler at
Retiree Webinar Series Expands Offering
Due to popular demand, we have increased the number of people who can register to participate in each of our Retiree Webinar Sessions! If you tried to get into a session that said it was full, try again. We have doubled capacity so that more of our retired members can access these great resources! Click here: https://bit.ly/2XPM4y5 to register!
Ergonomics Workshop Offering
(Open to all NYSUT Members and NYSUT Staff)
Tuesday, May 5, 2020; 4 p.m.
NYSUT, in partnership with the Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health, is offering expert advice on remote working and how to set up an efficient and stress-free work area in your home. We are very excited to have this webinar and discussion led by the Selikoff Centers’ Director of Ergonomics and Injury Prevention, Arlette Loeser. Her expertise is vast, and we are thankful to have worked with her to bring this information to you all directly.
The webinar will include a 30-minute presentation followed by Q and A. The presentation will address questions like:
• Why are we aching when working at home?
• Tips for setting up an ergonomic work area
• Best practices while working at home
• Hacks for home-based work areas
• Stretches / CORE exercise
• Stress management
Click here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9097023164255312142 to register! Space is limited so sign up today.
The BTA Executive Board will host a Zoom virtual meeting on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to provide members an opportunity to connect with each other and with us. It is also an opportunity for members to ask questions and share concerns related to distance learning, and other concerns connected to our school closure.
Members ONLY are invited to this forum You must pre-register by Tuesday, April 28, 2020 in order to participate. If you do not pre-register by the deadline, you will not be allowed to join the forum. Click on this link to pre-register:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Members are requested to join the call beginning at 2:45 p.m.. Signing in to the call early will help us to manage the call more efficiently.
Our capacity on the call is limited to a maximum of 100 participants, and registration is based on a first-come basis. The call will not be recorded and will not be available for replay. If we have more than 100 pre-registrations we will offer another virtual meeting.
In the interest of time, during the call please:
To get a balanced perspective, we will purposely seek questions and input from all sites and all subgroups of members. You will be asked to state your name, your position, and your site(s) before you present your question, concern, or comment.
We look forward to seeing/hearing you!
The BTA Executive Board
Virtual Memorial for NYC Fallen Workers Workers' Memorial Day
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 12:00PM
In honor of our member, friend and colleague Carole B. Philogene, the BTA has submitted her name for recognition.
We invite you to join the event.
NYSUT is offering a series of FREE, live webinars to help retirees stay engaged, stay healthy, beat loneliness and learn new skills.
Available to all NYSUT Retirees, the webinars will focus on a range of topics (see graphic below).
The live sessions will give participants the chance to ask questions, and to interact with the presenters and with each other. Sign on a few minutes early for an easy set-up, and have a chance to chat with others before the webinar starts.
Click on the following blue link to register for the webinar(s) of your choice:
After completing registration, participants will receive a confirmation email. Approximately 24 hours before the webinar, a second email with a link will be received, which will allow connection directly to each chosen webinar.
To join a webinar , participants will need to open the email on the scheduled date, and click on the included link at the 2 p.m. start time.
(connecting a few minutes early is recommended)
After you register, a pre-webinar reminder, session handouts and any follow-up materials will also be emailed directly to you. All the webinars will be recorded and posted on the NYSUT Retiree website at a later date.
For a full list of webinar offerings, visit nysut.org/retireewebinars .
These Student Debt Webinars are free to all NYSUT members and offer:
Two webinars are scheduled for next week on Tuesday, April 28 from 4:30-6:00 and on Thursday, April 30 from 6:00-7:30. To register for either session, go to: https://studentloans.nysut.org/webinars.
Every 10 years, Congress must carry out a complete count of every person living in the United States of America. All residents—including non-citizens, children, and seniors alike—are counted. This is the Census.
U.S. Census data is used to allocated over $675 billion in federal funds, including $34 billion in annual Medicaid allocations, billions more in housing assistance, and hundreds of millions to feed hungry children in schools. 132 federal programs use this data to determine the distribution of funds, and Census data is also used to determine our representation in government.
If we are undercounted in the Census, we not only stand to lose tens of billions of dollars in federal funds, but also seats in Congress! And it can't be fixed for another 10 years.
CLICK HERE to fill out your Census form online! It is safe and easy, and every household is required by law to complete a Census survey!
Filling out your Census form is the easiest way for you to improve health care in New York, feed hungry children in our schools, and ensure fair representation in Congress.
Don't wait! Fill out your Census form today!
P.S. Be counted! Take action now to fill out your Census form online!