Summer 2011 Issue
June 27, 2011

Short takes

Source: NYSUT United

ELT offers AP training

Looking for convenient and affordable professional development this summer? Register for NYSUT Education and Learning Trust's Advanced Placement Summer Institute, Aug. 8-11 at NYSUT headquarters in Latham.

Offered are four Advanced Placement training courses in biology, calculus, English language and literature and U.S. history; and two pre-Advanced Placement training courses in English and math. Visit for information or registration, through July 22.

Teacher appreciation days

Staples will celebrate teachers during its annual Teacher Appreciation Days in August. On Wednesday, Aug. 17, Staples stores in New York City will host a special event from 9 a.m. to noon. Then on Saturday, Aug. 20, Staples stores throughout the rest of the state will host events from 9 a.m. to noon. Visitors to the store will receive a "goodie bag" with classroom supplies and other special values, while supplies last.

Benefits go paperless

Anyone now signing up for federal benefits has to choose an electronic payment method when applying for benefits. Anyone currently receiving paper checks must switch to electronic payment by March 1, 2013. If you're receiving a benefit electronically now, your payments will continue on the usual payment date. If you're not, this change is a reminder about the importance of signing up as soon as possible for electronic payments.

The Treasury Department has begun a "Go Direct" campaign to provide more information to consumers, from signing up for direct deposit, or another option — registering to receive benefits through a prepaid debit card. All information can be accessed at or by calling 800-333-1795.