With the numerous changes in testing and standards, and to meet the needs of its members, NYSUT has established statewide committees representing the content areas and special areas. The committees are:
- The Arts – Music, Dance, Theater, and Visual Arts
- Career and Technical Education (CTE)
- Early Childhood Education
- Educational Technology
- English Language Arts (ELA)
- English Language Learners (ELL)
- Health, Physical Education and Family & Consumer Sciences (HPEFCS);
- Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
- Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST)
- Social Studies
- Special Education
- Teacher Center
These committees are charged with advising NYSUT on how the union might develop methods to analyze and interpret changes in academic content and assessments; respond to these changes; effectively communicate NYSUT's analysis, interpretation, and response to SED initiatives; and persuade constituent groups and others to identify with and adopt NYSUT's positions and responses. Comments on timely concerns are frequently prepared by the Committee and posted for use by our members. Members serve a three-year term and are appointed by the NYSUT Board of Directors.
The NYSUT Statewide Committees have created informational material related to various subject areas and special topics. These materials are often developed in collaboration with statewide professional organizations or Parent Teacher Association, such as brochures for teachers and parents on Languages Other Than English and Health (LOTE) , Physical Education and Family & Consumer Sciences (HPEFCS) that list suggestions for activities to reinforce these subjects at home. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Committee has been involved with the review of the middle-level technology education and graduation requirements for CTE and advising NYSUT on implementation strategies for CTE and technology education programs for schools and BOCES. Copies of the brochures and fact sheets can be found on the Research and Educational Services web site. If a particular item is not on the web site, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting the item. Please include all contact information.
The ELL Committee has completed a draft fact sheet debunking common myths held about English language learners. The committee is in the process of composing a joint PTA booklet providing ideas about parents of students acquiring English can assist their children in being successful in school. The final document, which the committee is drafting, focuses on the difference between second language acquisition and language disabilities/disorders for students acquiring English as a Second Language.
The Early Childhood Committee recently completed a white paper on the relationships between early childhood education issues and NYSUT's Organizational Frameworks of social justice, educating and organizing.
The Teacher Center Committee developed an advocacy document which was used with the Committee of 100 to describe to legislators the many ways that Teacher Centers support teacher affectedness and provide professional development related to Standards for Professional Development, Mentoring, Teaching and the Common Core State Standards.
Members of The Arts – Music, Dance, Theater, and Visual Arts and the Social Studies Committee have been developing lesson plans on Fair Trade. These lessons are geared for all grade levels and provide instruction in social justice through economics, culture, the arts, science, and policies of the Fair Trade movement. These lessons will be made available on the NYSUT Research and Educational Services web page and will also be linked with the Equal Exchange web site.
Members of the Social Studies Committee have worked with the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, the Val-Kill National Parks Services to produce lessons on the impact that the Roosevelt's had on justice issues during FDR's terms as Governor of New York State and Eleanor's advocacy and champion of social justice throughout her life. These lessons will be made available on the NYSUT Research and Educational Services web page and will also be linked with the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill National Parks Services site.
The Educational Technology Committee reports to NYSUT on policy initiatives that affect NYSUT members such as virtual learning and the use of digital technologies. In fact, a guidance paper developed by the Committee on virtual learning can be found on this website.
The Special Education Committee addresses issues involving the education of students with disabilities.
The NYSUT Statewide Committee for Math Science and Technology (MST) is working on developing a sustainability curriculum resource guide and online resources as a model of integration. The NYSUT Committee for MST is interested in MST and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) literacy integration across the K-12 curriculum and developing MST literacy guidance.