NYSUT Social Justice Awards

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  • A Message from NYSUT Vice President Paul Pecorale

    pecoraleThe NYSUT Mission Statement states that, "Through a representative democratic structure, New York State United Teachers improves the professional, economic and personal lives of our members and their families, strengthens the institutions in which they work, and furthers the cause of social justice through the trade union movement."

    In an effort to, "further the cause of social justice through the trade union movement,"" we want to honor those that are true champions of social justice in labor, we want to promote various social justice awards that are relevant to our members and that promote the social justice battles they engage in on a daily basis.

    The most important of those honors that I want to share with you is our very own Ken Kurzweil Social Justice Recognition Award. This award truly defines a NYSUT social justice agenda that supports our mission. See details about that award and others below.

    In Unity,

    Paul Pecorale

  • The Ken Kurzweil Social Justice Recognition Award

    kurzweil awardIs your local committed to social justice? The newly created Ken Kurzweil Social Justice Recognition Award honors locals, chapters and retiree councils that support social justice causes throughout the year. The award is named in honor of Retiree Council 15 member Ken Kurzweil, the former longtime chair of the NYSUT Civil and Human Rights Committee, former president of the Bedford Teachers Association and Science /Computer Science teacher for 35 years.

    SUBMISSION FORM: Online | PDF

    Submission Deadline for 2017 Recognition: March 17, 2017

  • NEA Social Justice Activist Award

    This national award honors every day educators that take extraordinary action to show leadership on social justice issues in and out of the classroom.

    For more information about this award, please visit the Human & Civil Rights section of the NEA website.

  • Additional Social Justice Awards

    Roald Dahl's Miss Honey Social Justice Award

    The Roald Dahl's Miss Honey Social Justice Award is sponsored by Penguin Random House and provides monetary honoring partnerships between school librarians and teachers in teaching social justice that collaborate on a program, unit or event that supports social justice using school library resources. For more information visit the ALA website: www.ala.org/aasl/awards/social-justice

    Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching

    The Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching is a biennial Teaching Tolerance Award that honors five K-12 teachers whose practices exemplify three criteria: prejudice reduction, improvement of intergroup relations, and contribution to equitable school environments. Information about this award can be found on the Teaching Tolerance website: www.tolerance.org

    Teachers 4 Social Justice

    Teachers 4 Social Justice recognizes and celebrates educators that are doing powerful education-based social justice work in their classroom or community. Each year, Teachers 4 Social Justice honors educators that are:

    • A teacher, a paraprofessional, community based educator or after school worker with 3 or more years of experience doing social justice work in their role and,

    • Are engaged in turning social justice philosophy into concrete actions

    For more information about his award please visit: www.t4sj.org