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The NYSUT Retiree Council is sponsoring two workshops on Pre-retirement. They will be conducted on Tuesday, October 22 and Wednesday, November 6 from 5:00-7:00 at the NYSUT Regional office in Tarrytown.
One workshop covers investments, Social Security, and Medicare. There will be a speaker on maximizing retirement income. The other workshop will be on getting your legal house in order. Michael Heffernan of Merkin and Gordon will be the presenter. There will also be a presentation on the Retirement System.
Cost for both workshops is $20 for a single person and $30 for couples. There is a limit of thirty people; you must reserve by October 15. The money collected will be used by the retiree council for purchasing school supplies for needy Westchester students. David Katz has the form to complete and submit. Let David Katz know if you are interested.
What's Up with Our Members this Summer?
Here's Joe Donaldson and his bride, Jessica, posing with his favorite BTA Elementary School Liaison, Maryellen Mullin! I'm sure if you ask him, he'll show you pictures of the honeymoon in Hawaii (no, Maryellen didn't go to Hawaii with them).
Retiree Tom Rooney with his new grandson Bryan Thomas!
Megan Figueroa and Christine Dowd enjoying a beautiful summer night.
Cassie Sullivan did a 75-mile bike ride.
Victor Maxwell among the Moai.
Dana Landesman and Denise Napolitano showing off their muscles.
Karen Green and family at Chicago's Wrigley Field.
Dianne Aronson and sons enjoying the beach.
Hi there, Donna Bianco!
Noreen Herber and her son, Tommy, visited their summer house (Hearst Castle) on the West Coast.
Judy Visoky took some time off her Alaska cruise to get a little big closer to the water.
A very happy Sonya Greaves celebrating her sister's wedding (no, that's not her sister).
Meg Weiss enjoying sunset on the beach! She does not look like she's ready for summer's end.
That's beautiful Silver Lake in the background of this picture taken at Camp Chipinaw, where BTA retirees Jeff Zuckerman and Clare Gorman came to visit (my wife Melissa and I work there). We're posing with former BTA member Tom Witmer, who now lives in Massachusetts, but travels to Chipinaw in the summertime to drive the waterski boat.
Lee DiTullio in a selfie with four presidents and two daughters.
A beautiful picture of Virginia Gentile.
Gene and Linda Orsenigo - I don't know where they are, but I love pictures of Gene and Linda!
Karen Coons hiking on Prospect Mountain.
Greg DiStefano at the Santa Monica Pier.
Lissi Alcivar has a night on the town.
Jenn Zopp - no caption needed.
Stacy Bilgoray on a cool morning at Camp Nabby.
Janice Alers and family. What beautiful people!
"I see London, I see France..." Toby Gillen and her girls in London on their way to Paris.
Retirement looks good on Margo Lorber, doesn't it! Here she is at Cote d'Azur!
Here's Karen Rotach at her new school in Essex, Vermont. We'll miss her around here.
Sara Payne enjoying some time with her family in Massachusetts.
Jenn Rosenzweig's foot at the end of June.
There's Frank Viggiani enjoying a coffee drink in the Philippines. Not a bad view!
What else would you expect Sharon Slote to do in the summertime?
Katherine Bryce enjoying Lake Placid.
Anthony Angotta at CitiField.
Pam Simpson and Lindsey Blackhurst in Umbria, Italy. With a view like that, no wonder they're smiling!
Vicki Winter in Martha's Vinyard - she looks so relaxed!
Tim Curran, a beard, and a happy family picture.
The summer edition of NYSUT United had many great articles highlighting the successes of your union in battling under-thought policies and practices in New York State.
There were a few articles about the One Voice United Rally in Albany and the many different groups who gathered in support of public education - teachers, parents, retirees, students, activists, principals, superintendents, college and university staff, community leaders...
There were also a couple of articles on recent events where the professional voice of the teachers' union prevailed:
Also from AFT
This is interesting reading...
AFT president Randi Weingarten teaming up with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The article appeared in the March 25th Edition of New Republic (that's where the link above goes), and was reprinted in the AFT's American Educator.
Their concern is that states (such as New York), in their efforts to hold teachers accountable for student success, are "doing evaluation quickly instead of doing it right."
So, they've listed the important elements of high-quality teacher development and evaluation.
I Found this Interesting - From AFT
This article was in AFT's magazine American Educator. It compares different kinds of charts used by teachers and finds that the simpler, less embellished ones are more conducive to learning and understanding with young students. A little counter-intuitive, maybe, but interesting.
Please let me know of important happenings in the lives of BTA members, so that I can print them in the BTA NEWS from time to time.