Union Works: Pre-break update, building survey

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Please take a moment to complete our Building Climate Survey. The survey is anonymous. It came out of conversations we’ve had with members in a number of buildings about communication, practice, and support of the administration. We’d like to hear from each and every one of you. The survey can be found at:  http://goo.gl/forms/h3QEmvkVzB.  Thank you.

As much as we’d like APPR to just go away, it ain’t. Casey and I are meeting today to discuss the next steps in planning for this year and next, which will likely include a waiver extension (delaying any significant changes until next year). In the meantime, teachers will still have to administer SLOs and LATs for this year. Please be thinking about your SLOs (end of the year/course summative assessment) and one (1) LAT (local achievement test ie. unit test, mid-term etc. to be determined by teacher and principal).  If you have any questions, please see your building rep or contact Greg or Jeremie)

We’re on Facebook. We’ve started a private Facebook group to help spread the word about important NYSUT initiatives, the legislative session in Albany, and general news about the WDEA and local schools. You won’t find it if you search Facebook (it’s that super-secret). You’ll have to be invited by a colleague. So find a friend who’s a member of the group and ask them to invite you. Don’t miss out on updates about the budget, upcoming campaigns, and a chance to win prizes.

Planning for the PWP 5K walk/run on April 10th is in full swing. Registration is open, go to PWP5kRun.com to sign up for the April 10th race right here in Westvale.  Last year we raised over $9K for ACS and the Westhill Educational Foundation. We desperately need teacher volunteers, can you help us? We have work to be done after school (distributing postcards for only about 30 minutes) and on race day (lots of fun jobs, a great way to be part of the event if you’re not a walker/runner).  Please join us, let’s make this year even more successful than last.PWP5kRun.com

With your help we can make our union stronger than ever. Enjoy the break. Even though the weather’s been mild, it’s been a long winter.

In unity,

GM

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News and notes on education, labor, politics and the arts from CNY teacher Greg McCrea.
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