NEW TO OUR SITE the Springville Faculty Association News page highlights the educational achievements/work of our members. (News items posted in this section starting Sept 2011.)
The Springville Teachers Association and the Kenmore TA organized a social justice workshop in western New York to train teachers about how to develop classroom-ready lesson plans on issues ranging from fair trade, to advocacy, to human rights.
More than 70 K-12 educators learned about NYSUT's Speak Truth to Power curriculum, which provides lesson plans for teachers on how to introduce human rights issues by using the stories of real-life activists such as the Dalai Lama, civil rights pioneer and congressman John Lewis and Czechoslovakian writer, politician and dissident Vaclav Havel.
"This presentation was, hands-down, the best in-service I have ever attended in my 27-year teaching career," said Kenmore TA member Joe Allen.
Other highlights included a conversation with The Dark Side of Chocolate filmmaker Robin Romano, whose movie takes an in-depth look at the use of child labor in the cocoa industry.
December 2011 Issue of NYSUT United (http://www.nysut.org/cps/rde/xchg/nysut/hs.xsl/nysutunited_17344.htm)
Janet Tedesco, grandma, left, Sandy Welty-Ball, mom, Dakoda Ball, student, Dale Ball, dad, Lee Cutler, NYSUT Treasurer, Tim Baumgartner, Robert Valenti, Charlie Houseman, and Angela Ginnitti.
SFA members Tim Baumgartner, Robert Valenti, Charlie Houseman, and Angela Ginnitti spearheaded an amazing sculpture that recognizes those lost on September 11, 2001. The student designed sculpture was unveiled to the entire district on September 10. Learn More About The Project
VOTE/COPE is a statewide political action fund. Participation in COTE/COPE is voluntary; the funde works with a strict focus at both the state and national levels to support public education and protect the our profession. The $2,555.00 collected this year by SFA will help NYSUT continue to be the most influential and successful lobbying group in NY. SFA would like to recognize our members who assisted in organizing/collecting the VOTE/COPE materials, as well as those who distributed the SFA United T-shirts.
CES – Laurie Brown
SES – Mila Clauss, Christina Campbell, Rebecca Szpaicher, Christine Roskow, Betsy Goodridge, Christy Komenda
MS – Amanda Valenti, Ed Bates, Shauna Uonites, Carla Roetzer, Joe Karb
HS – Jen Shearer, Nils Wikman, David Yates
Celebrating the Speak Truth to Power project are, from left, NYSUT president Dick Iannuzzi, Kerry Kennedy, human rights defender Harry Wu, teacher Drew Beiter, NYSUT Secretary-Treasurer Lee Cutler and teachers Ben Higgins and Joe Karb.
Joe Karb and Ben Higgins are passionate ambassadors of the Speak Truth to Power project, a multi-faceted program that brings global human rights violations — and the defenders fighting to stop them — into sharp focus. Read More