Featured Stories

Across New York State, NYSUT members are rising to meet the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.

These are their stories.

retiree webinars

NYSUT offered free, interactive webinars for retirees

NYSUT is offering a weekly series of free, live webinars to help retirees stay engaged, beat loneliness and learn new skills.

For school librarians, it's about all about 'staying connected'

But when the coronavirus pandemic shifted the world on its axis, closing schools, businesses and shops on many continents, school librarians had to begin making all things library available remotely.
saranac lake senior celebration

Teachers are going the extra mile (or 40) for their students

Examples abound around the state of educators going the extra mile to reach out to graduates.
physical education

Binghamton physical education teacher’s exercise videos have surprising reach

“I think the difference is that instead of being in a large setting, a large gymnasium with 40-plus kids, they’re alone in their living room or in their bedrooms,” says Binghamton physical education teacher Melinda Ligeikis. “I really focused on keeping all of the exercises and challenges short, so they could just take five minutes out of their day to be active.”
srp school visit

School-Related Professionals provide crucial safety net for communities during pandemic

School buildings throughout the state have been closed since mid-March, but members of the Albany Public Schools United Employees and Taconic Hills Support Staff Association are still hard at work each day making sure the needs of their students and community are being met. Photo El-Wise Noisette.
nurse appreciation

May 6–12 is National Nurses Week

For National Nurses Week, it’s important for the rest of the population to recognize the hospital and visiting nurses caring for patients with COVID-19 and other illnesses. It’s a time to thank school nurses working at testing sites, in hospitals, or making sure that students are being cared for even though school buildings are not open.
william floyd face shields

Long Island local union's T-shirt fundraiser raises $7,000 for worthy causes

“Our community is socioeconomically disadvantaged, and a lot of families are struggling so we wanted to raise money to help out,” said William Floyd United Teachers president Ron Gross.
teacher appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Week takes on new meaning

This year, the May 4-8 celebration takes on new meaning as educators step up in unprecedented ways to meet their students’ academic and emotional needs.

Skilled counselors tap new technical skills on union webinar

NYSUT’s Social Services department recently hosted a webinar with three experts who provided information on the challenges of telecounseling with students and families.
Lake Placid Education Association Co-President, Kathy Brigg hands a check to Don Morrison,  head of the Wilmington Food Pantry. Photo provided.

North Country locals raise spirits through community outreach

Cold, lengthy bouts of rain and some snow, combined with a pandemic quarantine, might send some people scurrying inside in defeat — but the educators of the North Country are rising up and reaching out.
disaster relief

NYSUT mask donations nearing 200,000

Since the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund began soliciting donations earlier this year to purchase personal protective equipment and other supplies for health care members, more than $90,000 in member donations have flowed into the fund and nearly 200,000 masks have been delivered to professionals in medical facilities hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis.
student visit

Amid crisis, educators are anything but remote

Rochester teacher Marie Rice spent more than an hour on a student’s front porch Easter Sunday, talking through a window to a kindergartner who needed some extra TLC.
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