March Issue
March 04, 2014

Freebies: NYSUT celebrates Women's History Month

Source: NYSUT United

women's history posterThe union recognizes Women's History Month in March with a free poster featuring Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an American social activist, abolitionist and leading figure in the early women's rights movement.

Stanton's Declaration of Sentiments, presented at the first women's rights convention in 1848 in Seneca Falls, is often credited with initiating the first organized women's rights and suffrage movements in the United States.

Printable copies are available at or you can order individual copies from NYSUT via email at Reference project number 516_14; include your name and mailing address. Local presidents can request posters in bulk; quantities are limited.

Piano mania

In celebration of Music in Our Schools month, here's a new tool to help music educators keep students on task. The Piano Mania app from JoyTunes allows students to practice the piano with their smartphone or tablet, no wires required. The app includes hundreds of popular songs and allows budding musicians to read sheet music notation and symbols, play melodies in both treble and bass clefs and much more. Visit for more information. For more ideas on celebrating Music in Our Schools Month, visit

A helpful distraction

From comes a free resource for school social workers and other educators. 45 ideas for classroom-friendly fidget toys is available for download. The online booklet is created by Bec Oakley, an autistic parent to two autistic teenage sons. Oakley has spent most of her adult life working in the developmental disabilities field. For more information or to download the booklet, visit

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