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  • LAST UPDATED: November 22, 2014

    Topics on the this page:

    1. Rep Council Meeting Update - Revised
    2. Take 5 minutes to send an email to the Board of Regents to voice your concerns
    3. Annual Toy Drive
    4. WINTER COAT DRIVE
    5. Rockland Teacher Institute November Schedule
    6. High-achieving teacher sues state over evaluation labeling her ‘ineffective’
    7. Meeting Schedule Open Discussion Regarding YOUR Contract
    8. Member Appreciation Month is coming!
    9. Minutes

    Rep Council Meeting Update REVISED

    Training at the Local Action Project led to the creation of the Open Forum at monthly Rep Council meetings. The LAP team wanted to focus on increasing member engagement and created this venue two years ago to bring the members voices to the governing body.

    With great pride we see members coming to share concerns and to express their needs. Several members have expressed their desire to be part of the process but were prohibited to attend due to a conflict of the scheduled meeting time and the end of their work day. The Representative Council overwhelmingly approved a change in the meeting time for the Open Forum from 3:30 to 3:40.

    Members will be given time to address the Rep Council at the beginning of each meeting held in Building 10 on the second Thursday of the month at 3:40 during the Open Forum. Members will be allotted up to 5 minutes to speak on issues of concern and relevance to the governing body.

    The Rep Council will assist members in accessing the appropriate venues to address their concerns. Upon the conclusion of the Open Forum members will be excused from the meeting. Elected and appointed representatives will remain for the monthly Rep Council meeting. Each representative signs a confidentiality agreement annually to assure that member rights and union strategies are not compromised by conversation outside of the closed meeting.

    We look forward to seeing you at many of the union's functions and thank you for taking the time to be part of the solution.

    In solidarity,
    Deb


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    Dear Board of Regents:

     

    I write to ask that you reject the proposed amendments that would force New York schools to administer standalone field tests. See Memo from Ken Wagner,

    http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2014/November2014/1114p12d2.pdf

    (“Wagner Memo”).

    As you know, testing time in NY has increased dramatically for our children over the past several years.  Requiring yet another mandatory test especially one that doesn’t benefit the student or the school on top of 79 hours of already mandated testing, is simply not acceptable to NY parents.

    In addition, stand- alone field tests don’t produce good data. In 2013, Ken Wagner, of the NY Dept. of Education, explained why the data is problematic: “Mr. Wagner said the state would prefer to eliminate standalone field tests. The tests can be statistically unreliable, he said, since children are not as motivated if they know the exam has no consequences.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/education/to-sharpen-student-testing-another-round-of-tests.html

    In an about face, Mr. Wagner, author of the current memo urging mandated standalone field tests, now says this plan will help develop “fair and valid future State tests.”  Nothing is given in support of this 180 degree turnaround.

    A more reliable approach is embedding all field test questions in the actual tests that count. But New York’s limited printing system is apparently an impediment to this. As test creator Pearson explains, “New York has a printing press in the Department of Education where they’re printing all the tests through the state printing office. The limitations of that process limit the amount of content that can be tried out during the live administrations of the tests that count. That is a big limitation and it’s the reason why there has to be a separate field test.”

    http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2012/06/08 /qa-testing-company-head-defends-controversial-exams/

    New York needs to acquire greater capability printing technology, rather than force hundreds of thousands of school children to sit for more standardized exams, and miss even more valuable instruction time.  In conclusion, I ask that you reject these proposed amendments immediately, and not move them forward for further discussion, comment and voting.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    A Concerned New York Educational Stakeholder

     

    Reject the proposed amendments that would force New
    York schools to administer stand alone field tests.

    We write to ask that you reject the proposed amendments that would force New York schools to administer stand alone field tests.

    As you know, testing time in NY has increased dramatically for our children over the past several years. Requiring yet another mandatory test especially one that doesn't benefit the student or the school on top of 79 hours of already mandated testing, is simply not acceptable to NY parents.

    In addition, stand-alone field tests don't produce good data. In 2013, Ken Wagner, of the NY Dept. of Education, explained why the data is problematic: "Mr. Wagner said the state would prefer to eliminate stand alone field tests. The tests can be statistically unreliable, he said, since children are not as motivated if they know the exam has no consequences."

    In an about face, Mr. Wagner, author of the current memo urging mandated stand alone field tests, now says this plan will help develop "fair and valid future State tests." Nothing is given in support of this 180 degree turnaround.

    So, we’re asking you to take 5 minutes to send an email to the Board of Regents to voice your concerns.

    1. Use these addresses to paste the letter on the left to help have our voice heard.

    RegentsOffice@nysed.gov
    Regent.Tisch@nysed.gov
    Regent.Bottar@nysed.gov
    Regent.Bennett@nysed.gov
    Regent.Dawson@nysed.gov
    Regent.Phillips@nysed.gov
    Regent.Tallon@nysed.gov
    Regent.Tilles@nysed.gov
    Regent.Bendit@nysed.gov
    Regent.Rosa@nysed.gov
    Regent.Young@nysed.gov
    Regent.Cea@nysed.gov
    Regent.Norwood@nysed.gov
    Regent.Cashin@nysed.gov
    Regent.Cottrell@nysed.gov
    Regent.Brown@nysed.gov
    Regent.Finn@nysed.gov


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    November 11th – December 11th

    New unwrapped toys for children of all ages.

    You can give donations to your building rep. or place in designated drop off locations

    • Kaplan Bldg. 9
    • Hilltop

    Toys will be donated to People To People for their JOY STORE

    • board games
    • building toys
    • sports equipment
    • journals
    • scrapbooks
    • craft kits
    • action figures
    • dolls
    • musical toys
    • educational toys
    • books, etc.

    If you have any questions please contact
    Elena Temple
    845-627-4800 or
    etemple@rboces.org

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    WINTER COAT DRIVE

    • When: November 3rd till February 28th
    • Needed: New or gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves for all ages.
    • For Who: Coats will be distributed to B.O.C.E.S. families in need
    • Where to donate: You can give donations to your building rep.
    • Where to pick up a coat: Joan Raynor at the Family Resource Center

     

    If you have any questions please contact
    Elena Temple
    845-627-4800 or
    etemple@rboces.org

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    High-achieving teacher sues state over evaluation labeling her ‘ineffective’

    Sheri G. Lederman has been teaching for 17 years as a fourth-grade teacher  in New York’s Great Neck Public School district. Her students consistently  outperform state averages on math and English standardized tests, and  Thomas Dolan, the superintendent of Great Neck schools, signed an affidavit saying “her record is flawless” and that “she is highly regarded as an educator.”

    Yet somehow, when Lederman received her 2013-14 evaluation, which is based in part on student standardized test scores, she was rated as “ineffective.” Now she has sued state officials over the method they used to make this determination in an action that could affect New York’s controversial teacher evaluation system

    READ MORE

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    Meeting Schedule

    Open Discussion Regarding YOUR
    Contract

    • Monday November 10th @ 2:30PM in the
      River View HS Community Room in BERC

    • Monday November 24th @ 3:00PM in the
      Hilltop Library

    • Monday November 24th @ 3:30PM in the
      Kaplan Cafeteria

    • Tuesday November 25th @ 2:30PM on the
      Main Campus Building 3 Multi-Purpose Room

    • Tuesday November 25th @ 4:00PM on the
      Main Campus Building 10

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    Member Appreciation Month is coming!


    In celebration of the NYSUT membership and in recognition of all you do to make our union strong, NYSUT Member Benefits is teaming up with its endorsed program providers for a special month-long event in February 2015.

    Member Appreciation Month will include a series of special prize drawings for items donated by our endorsed program providers. To be eligible for these drawings, you simply need to be a member of our voluntary MAP Alert email service (if you are currently reading this, don't worry as you're already a MAP Alert member!) or sign up by January 31, 2015.

    Prize drawings for Member Appreciation Month will be held daily, with the winners announced exclusively on the Member Benefits website throughout the month of February. We encourage you to spread the word about this celebration to your family, friends and colleagues that are NYSUT members. And best of luck!

    More information will be available about this special event on the Member Benefits website at memberbenefits.nysut.org in the coming weeks!

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