The CSA Political Action Committee’s Bi-Monthly PAC Meeting will convene next Wednesday, September 18 (40 Rector Street) in Founders Hall from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.
We will be joined by special guest Jamaal Bowman, one of our very own CSA members running for Congress.
A light dinner will be served at 5pm and our program will follow soon after.
If you are a PAC member and interested in attending, kindly RSVP to our political team at email@example.com.
The City Needs To Bargain With Us In Good Faith
We Are Fighting For Ourselves And Our Students By Mark Cannizzaro
Chancellor Carranza’s glowing rhetoric about school leaders in recent P-Weeklies is discordant and incongruous with the inertia that he, Mayor de Blasio, and their teams have been bringing to the bargaining table. We have been out there fighting all summer for a fair contract that addresses your working conditions, salaries, benefits, school safety and ultimately, helps our students. The fact that the city and the DOE are allowing you to return to your buildings without a contract is disrespectful. For most of the negotiations, our energy has been met with a frustrating inaction that belies his flattering verbiage. Here is the chancellor: “Being a principal is one of the most rewarding careers, and it is also one of the most complex and challenging in our society. You are the difference makers, the leaders, the dreamers, and the doers. You make joyful learning happen, and you expand the worlds of what is possible for the children we serve.”
Excuse me? There is a total disconnect between these words and what is happening at the table. To say nothing about your impossible workload, which despite promises continues to expand.
Remember when the chancellor solicited your input on the mountains of paperwork that you are expected to climb from dawn to dusk, when you need to be focusing on culture, climate and instruction? At the start of the last school year, he vowed to take things off your plate and then said that yet another “task force” would address the issue. By June, the task force hadn’t even been convened. Today, you look up and see an even higher mountain of paper.
This brings me to the so called “streamlined” CEP that the DOE rolled out, against CSA’s recommendation, in May, when everyone was distracted. As we predicted, there were major problems. Navigating the portal was cumbersome, drop-down menus weren’t working properly, and printing a hard copy of completed work was impossible. After hours online, many of you discovered that the entire plan had been erased. The decision to move forward with this CEP suggests complete indifference to you.
In too many ways, the chancellor’s listening tour amounted to nothing. No reduction in unnecessary paperwork, no changes to FSF, an inept rollout of a poorly constructed CEP, and no new resources to effectively implement the proposed changes to important Chancellor’s Regulations A-831 and A-832.
As school leaders, your beginning of the year planning time is essential to a safe opening. So last year, when principals were pulled from their buildings twice during the first week back, we voiced concern and were subsequently promised that it wouldn’t happen again. However, you were instead directed to plan and conduct new teacher training on August 27. I’m sure that each of you had set up ongoing new teacher support anyway and this level of micromanagement is inconsiderate of those prior – and likely more effective – plans.
Why is it that this famously progressive administration has not been honoring you in the day-to-day or in negotiations? Don’t they understand that you have done everything that has been asked of you despite the obstacles they place in your way? Do they not know, deep down, that the improvements in test scores and graduation rates they tout were earned on your backs? Perhaps, they simply underestimate our strength and resolve.
It’s worth noting that other unions as well have been frustrated in their negotiations with the city. CSA is certainly not alone in facing a city government that claims to be pro-union but in practice is frequently unsupportive of the people who do the hard work of making the city function.
When CSA wins a contract that is worthy of you, it will be thanks to you. You will exhibit the same tenacity you brought to the 2014 negotiation, when the administration tried to withhold lump sum retroactive pay from our members who had been promoted from teaching positions. They called them “leavers” and refused to honor their service. But as CSA members, you stood up for them and won.
This was no small victory for unity, but the war, as it turned out, wasn’t entirely over. Later, the City decided to save nickels by denying any lump sum retroactive payments to the families of CSA members who had passed away while in active service to the students in this city. They viewed them as the ultimate “leavers.” It was outrageous and disgraceful.
Now, as you can see from our news story, we won this victory. And we are going to go on to win others.
If I have to go public about the stumbling blocks to the new contract, I will do so when the time is right. I know I can count on you to make your voices heard through letters and calls to elected officials, in the media, and on the steps of City Hall. I know that you will continue to honor your commitment to students everyday by always acting in their best interest, and I also know that you won’t be shy about demanding that the chancellor live up to his words: “I have kept my focus fixed on you, the school leaders who are on the ground every day driving equity and excellence throughout our 1,800 schools.”
You will make sure he does the right thing.
CSA Conference Registration Opens
Registration for the CSA Conference on Saturday, November 9th is now open. This year, registration is fully online for all members – those in active DOE service, our ECE Directors and Retiree Chapter members. Just click here and then follow the drop-down menu to follow the proper registration path. As you’ll see, you can register for other members as you register yourself. If you have questions about the registration process, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Presentations at the CSA Conference
Why not share the good news about your school with your CSA colleagues? Have you developed an innovative strategy to serve a special needs population? Want to share the latest research and provide a practical application to a school or office? Then become a presenter at the CSA Conference on Saturday, November 9th. To fill out an application online, click here for the main page, and as you register, choose “Member” from the Registration Category drop-down menu and “CSA Member Presenter” from the Registration Type drop-down menu. Deadline for submission is Friday, September 20. If you have questions about the registration process for CSA presenters, email email@example.com
CSA and ELI are pleased to announce that Dr. Marc Brackett will deliver a keynote presentation on Monday, September 16th at 8:30am at the High School of Fashion Industries. His new book, Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive will be delivered to every school throughout New York City. Click here to register. Principals are encouraged to bring teachers and guidance counselors. All non-CSA members can register here.
Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University. He is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by nearly 2,000 pre-K through high schools across the United States and in other countries. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). As a researcher for over 20 years, Brackett has focused on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He has published 125 scholarly articles and received numerous awards and accolades for his work in this area. He also consults regularly with corporations, such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Google on integrating the principles of emotional intelligence into employee training and product design.
CSA is pleased to announce that Linda Cliatt-Wayman, author of “Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard: Finding Your Purpose and Putting It To Work,” will serve as the keynote speaker at the 52nd CSA Leadership Conference on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Linda Cliatt-Wayman is a passionate education advocate with an unwavering belief in the potential of all children. Her leadership as a high school principal in North Philadelphia has been featured by TED, ABC World News Tonight, and Nightline.
Cliatt-Wayman grew up in poverty in North Philadelphia, where she experienced firsthand the injustice perpetrated against poor students in their education. She has dedicated her career and her life to ending that injustice and helping students succeed in school and beyond. She spent 20 years as a special education teacher before becoming principal of FitzSimons High School in 2003. Cliatt-Wayman led a successful turnaround of FitzSimons as well as The Young Women’s Leadership School at Rhodes High School. She then spent two years as Philadelphia’s Assistant Superintendent of High Schools, directly overseeing all of the district’s 52 high schools. When her two former schools were merged with a third high school, Strawberry Mansion, Cliatt-Wayman knew she had to step in to lead the merged school as principal; her and her team once again worked to prove what is possible for low-income children.
Cliatt-Wayman was named a finalist for the 2016 Global Teacher Prize and her many other awards and honors include the Partners for Civic Pride Maneto Award, the Philadelphia Magazine Trailblazer Award, and the United States Department of Justice Award. Her May 2015 TED Talk has been viewed over a million times and been subtitled in 21 different languages. After 32 years in public schools, Cliatt-Wayman now uses her voice and skills to advocate for justice in education for children in poverty full-time. She is the founder and Principal/CEO of CurrentlyTrending, a nonprofit that helps students escape poverty by providing them with direct coaching, resources, and support to graduate high school and lead a life of purpose.
Registration for CSA’s 52nd Annual Leadership Conference will open soon, so please look for details in an upcoming Member Update.
Calling all CSA members, family and friends to march in the 2019 Labor Day Parade on Saturday, Sept. 7th. This year’s parade provides a valuable opportunity to display our union’s incredible strength and solidarity as we continue to work diligently on your behalf to negotiate a fair contract for all members. We hope to have our largest turnout yet, and we thank you in advance for your critical support. Before the Labor Day Parade, you may also join us for the Labor Mass at 8:30 a.m. which will be held at The Cathedral of Saint Patrick (Fifth Ave. at 51st Street.)
For more information and to register, please click here.
Each June CSA gives out scholarships to a high school senior in each of the five boroughs. Over the past several years we have been able to do so because people like you understand the need to support our New York City youth.
In order to raise funds for this year’s scholarships, we will host our 4th Annual CSA Scholarship Fund Golf Outing on Monday, October 14th (Columbus Day) at the Dyker Beach Park Golf Course (1030 86th Street & 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY). To download a registration form, click here.
For additional information or to donate items for our raffle, please email Erminia Claudio at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 823-2025.
We look forward to your anticipated support in this most worthwhile fundraiser!
Earlier today New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced her resignation. She will serve through August.
“The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators thanks Commissioner MaryEllen Elia for her outstanding service to the students and educators of New York State,” said CSA President Mark Cannizzaro. “She has accomplished a great deal throughout her distinguished career in public education and, most importantly, has positively impacted countless lives. On behalf of the school leaders of New York City, we thank her for her partnership, guidance and leadership, and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
CSA is pleased to announce the dates for the 2019 New Member Receptions this fall.
Last year’s receptions were a tremendous success and we hope for an even greater turnout this year. We will be announcing locations and other key information in member updates throughout the summer and when the school year begins, so please save the dates and check back in for more information.
Bronx (Districts 7, 9, 10) – Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Bronx (Districts 8, 11, 12) – Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Brooklyn North – Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Brooklyn South – Monday, October 7, 2019
Brooklyn HS – Thursday, October 10, 2019
Manhattan – Thursday, October 24, 2019
Queens North – Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Queens South – Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Staten Island – Thursday, October 3, 2019
CSA’s Veterans’ Council and the Retiree Chapter have voted to support and participate in the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation 5K Walk/Run.
On September 11, 2001, Firefighter Stephen Gerard Sukker, age 34, who was assigned to Brooklyn’s Squad 1, had just finished his shift and was on his way to play golf with his brothers when he got word over his scanner of a plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Stephen drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed for security purposes. Determined to carry out his duty, he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others.
Run. Walk. Honor. The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk in New York is held, each year, on the last Sunday of September, the 29th this year. What began with 1,500 people in 2002 is now considered by many to be one of the top 5K runs in America.
The event pays homage to the 343 FDNY firefighters, 71 law enforcement officers, and thousands of civilians who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Proceeds from the event support the Foundation’s programs, including those benefitting first responders, and build smart homes for those catastrophically injured service members. They also pay off mortgages, so surviving families need not worry where they will live.
CSA has set up a homepage if you wish to donate or register for the event: https://www.crowdrise.com/csarunsasone. Due to the generosity of CSA’s RC, the first 35 military Veterans who register will be paid for. If you plan on participating, contact Mark Brodsky (email@example.com) for a code and a link to register.