September 04, 2019

NYSUT announces second round of 'Take a Look at Teaching' summits

Source:  NYSUT Research and Educational Services
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Caption: FILE PHOTO: Participants at the first "Take a Look at Teaching" summit in Syracuse, Oct. 2018. Two summits are scheduled for Fall 2019 in Yonkers (Oct. 3) and Riverhead (Nov. 21). More to come! Photo by El-Wise Noisette.

NYSUT kicks off a second year of Take a Look at Teaching summits Thursday, Oct. 3 in Yonkers in collaboration with the Yonkers Federation of Teachers.

A summit on Long Island is slated for Thursday, Nov. 21 in Riverhead, in partnership with the Riverhead Central Faculty Association and the SUNY Old Westbury UUP chapter.

“We’re excited to return our focus to this important initiative,” said Jolene DiBrango, NYSUT executive vice president. Goals include encouraging more qualified individuals to enter the profession — particularly men and women of color — and elevating the profession. “Teaching is a powerful job, but I don’t think everyone sees it that way — we want to change that perception.”

Previous summits took place in Syracuse, Buffalo, Potsdam, Rochester and Albany.

According to state Education Department findings, New York State faces a looming teacher shortage; enrollment in teacher education programs has fallen by 47 percent since 2009. State officials predict New York will need more than 180,000 new teachers in the next decade, particularly in special education, bilingual education, math and sciences.

Save the Dates

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, 1-3 p.m., Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701. Hosted by Yonkers Federation of Teachers and New York State United Teachers in partnership with the Yonkers Public Schools. [PDF Flyer]

Thursday, Nov. 1


For more information or to RSVP, please contact Greg McCrea at:, 518-213-6000, X6557.

Learn more about NYSUT's "Take a Look at Teaching" initiative at

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