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July / August 2020:

Pandemic Planning for Distance Learning: Scenarios and Considerations for PreK–12 Education Leaders: This scenario requires all educators, support staff, students, parents, and caregivers to remain nimble in the likelihood that there are quick changes in the way learning is accessed. Scenario A: Brick to Click Learning In scenario A, the ABC school district has decided to resume traditional in-person classes with the flexibility to quickly pivot to distance education in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. The superintendent of ABC worked closely with county government and health officials to monitor the CDC guidance and state education agency guidelines to reopen in phases. Over the course of the summer, all teachers and support staff will receive professional development in online learning, ideally spread out over weeks so that they are not asked to digest and process a whole new way of working in a compressed time frame. While the goal is to return to traditional in-person classes, the expectation of all teachers will be to mirror their classrooms in online learning environments. The likelihood of another rise in infections is relatively high, so this model will allow for a quick pivot to online learning. For example, if the number of cases jumps quickly mid-week, the district would send home instructional materials within 48 hours and then continue learning online the following week. This scenario requires all educators, support staff, students, parents, and caregivers to remain nimble in the likelihood that there are quick changes in the way learning is accessed. Scenario B: Click to Brick Learning In scenario B, the EFG school district has decided to start with online learning and plans to resume traditional in-person classes on a modified basis when safe to do so. The superintendent of EFG worked closely with county government and health officials to assess the situation, but deemed it best to start online and continue monitoring public health before resuming school in-person. Over the course of the summer, all teachers and support staff will receive professional development, ideally spread out over the summer, in how to teach using online learning environments, and professional learning will be ongoing throughout the school year.18 All academic instruction will be conducted online for the duration of the school year, while plans for in-person learning (when safe to resume) will focus on advising and building teacher-student relationships. In-person schedules will allow teachers, support staff, and students to rotate through the buildings following a half-day schedule every day or full-days one to two times per week. In-person classes may not be fully attended, since it will be up to parental and caregiver choice, so teachers and support staff will be expected to maximize their limited time to support students with technology troubleshooting, mental health, social-emotional learning, relationship-building, and special services that are difficult to provide over the internet. This scenario requires all educators, support staff, students, parents, and caregivers to consider online learning the primary method of working towards competency in a grade level and/or content area, while in-person learning is focused on relationship-building and developing non-academic skills. Scenario C: Blended Learning In scenario C, the LMN school district has decided to institute a blended learning model across all schools. Blended learning is a combination of learning that takes place in a school building and in an online environment that can include both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. The leaders of LMN decided on this model because they wanted to offer as regular a school calendar as possible. Over the course of the summer, all teachers and support staff will receive additional professional learning on how to teach using blended learning methods. The LMN school district will work to ensure some uniformity in schedules across the buildings. Schools may consider one of the seven blended learning models (see Instructional Strategy section below), or any combination thereof. Younger learners may benefit from more in-person instruction if possible, whereas older students may be able work more independently in an online setting. For example, students may have one in-person learning day with the rest of the week’s learning completed online. Schools that already work in a blended environment have the capability to quickly move to full online mode if there is an outbreak of COVID-19, because the coursework already lives online within a learning management system (LMS). Brick-and-mortar activities, such as direct instruction, can be moved to video conferencing, and other face-to-face activities can be adapted for an online experience. This scenario requires all educators, support staff, students, parents, and caregivers to consistently approach teaching and learning in two delivery formats—in-person and online. Scenario D: Online Learning In scenario D, the XYZ school district has decided to move all learning experiences and services online through a proactive, purposeful, and systems-based approach. The superintendent of XYZ chose this delivery model to provide flexibility for all stakeholders through both synchronous and asynchronous modalities and to limit any health and safety risks potentially posed by having students and staff reenter school buildings. Professional development is needed to prepare for a structured approach for the 2020–21 academic school year. Over the course of the summer, all teachers and support staff will receive at least two weeks (80 additional hours) of professional learning in online learning. In addition to professional development workshops and training on online pedagogy and the technology tools, the XYZ school district recognizes the value and the power in developing mentoring relationships and learning communities for ongoing continuous knowledge and improvement. Furthermore, the technical infrastructure needs to take an “all-hands-on-deck” approach to provide scalable, secure, and intuitive solutions that support state and federal policies. Because this scenario means that teachers never see their students in person, it requires all educators, support staff, students, parents, and caregivers to find ways to use communication technologies (even phone calls) to pay close attention to the development of each child and ensure that appropriate grade-level growth is happening while learning takes place at a distance. In addition, it may be a scenario that is most appropriate for high schools and middle schools only; requiring younger students to do all work online at home would require an adult to be at home with them, which puts a large burden on working parents. Acknowledgments This resource was developed and written by an instructional designer and two former teachers, one of whom (Kristina Ishmael) is a senior project manager with the Teaching, Learning & Tech team in New America’s Education Policy program. We thank Lisa Guernsey, Elena Silva, and Sabrina Detlef for their editorial support. Our work is made possible through generous grants from our Education Policy program funders. For detailed information about our funding, please visit New America’s Our Funding webpage. The views expressed in this report are those of its authors and do not necessarily represent the views of our funders.

June 2020:

From the New York State Department of Labor Eligibility for unemployment benefits is determined on a case-by-case basis. Your claim will be reviewed to determine if you qualify. Teachers and other school employees generally do not qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits during breaks in the school year or the time between school years or terms. This applies when: They have a contract for a similar job in the next school year or term There is reasonable assurance of a similar job in the next school year or term, after the break. Reasonable assurance exists when an educational institution: Has said it will employ a worker AND Will make a good faith effort to do so AND Offers a salary and benefits similar to the prior job Archbishop   Molloy   celebrates   the   Class   of   2020   with   home   visits Spring is normally a time of great celebration as Archbishop Molloy recognizes the hard work and achievements of our senior class. Unfortunately, this spring has been different for many reasons, and as a result our seniors have seen highly anticipated events canceled or postponed. Archbishop Molloy’s administration, faculty, and staff are committed to celebrating our historic Class of 2020 and recognizing their many accomplishments. On May 21st, administrators, faculty, and staff visited the homes of dozens of seniors to deliver awesome lawn signs! President Richard Karsten ’81 personally made several deliveries. “There were smiles under many of those masks,” said President Karsten. “It was wonderful to see some of our seniors in person after many weeks of distance learning. The Class of 2020 has so much to be proud of. They have overcome many challenges to finish their high school careers strong. We will miss them, but we know they will go on to be great representatives of Molloy at many prestigious colleges this fall.” Christ   the   King   HS   celebrates   class   of   2020   with   drive   through   celebration : This drive-thru celebration at Christ the King High School has been created to recognize the senior class and provide an opportunity to be congratulated by our faculty and staff while receiving graduation attire, a yearbook and a parting graduation gift. Andrea Marissa Auguster Message: “Black Lives Matter is a movement that literally means all lives matter. One life is not more important than the other, but we cannot sit idly by and allow for injustice to continue plaguing our people. Too many black sons, black daughters, black wives, black mothers, black husbands and black fathers have been lost to the infected hands of bigotry, with no end to these atrocities in sight. Supporting Black Lives Matter does not denote that other causes are of less importance. Rather, the Black Lives Matter movement affirms that we need our cries for justice answered also.” Written by: Andrea Marissa Auguster Consultant, Subcommittee on African American Affairs Nazareth   HS   announces   new   principal: Congratulations to Mr. John Amelio, who has been appointed the next Principal of Nazareth Regional High School, effective July 1, 2020. A life-long New York City resident, Mr. Amelio has spent the majority of his career as an educator serving a multitude of roles at private, independent, and parochial schools throughout the city. Cooking with VP Jerry Franza is back! : Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce : Ingredients: 1 lb of spaghetti 3 tbsp. of olive oil 3 cloves of garlic 1 can of anchovy 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper 2 cans of chopped claims in juice, or fresh clams 1 dozen 1 bottle of claim juice 1 tbsp. of minced parsley Steps: 1 . Cook spaghetti with salt water according to directions 2 . Heat oil, garlic, anchovy and red pepper about 1 minute 3 . Add clams and juice 4 . Add all ingredients to the spaghetti and garnish with the parsley Please note, Jerry has served this dish many times at the BOD meetings and it’s great. Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s June 2020 Message: Dear LFA Brothers and Sisters, This historic school year is coming to an end. You are to be commended for the great job you have performed in these past few months. The teaching world we knew of changed in a flash and you made the change to remote lessons and learning possible. It has not been an easy task and it has taken great effort to take on the new role of “remote teacher”. Your untiring dedication to the students was the driving force for your success! We hope that schools will reopen in September. We must keep an open mind, if the new mandates that come down the pike will affect our careers. I can assure you that the Union will be involved and that your delegates will oversee any changes that may be presented by the administration. No unilateral changes by the schools should be made. The Union is ready to negotiate any new modifications to our present contracts, if this pandemic should continue into the new school year. Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi

As news stories that impact our local are published, we will update this area with the national news from the Laborers

International Union of North America

LIUNA Commends Congress for Protecting Workers in the Year-End Spending Bill:

Washington, D.C. (December 19, 2019) - Terry O'Sullivan, General President of LIUNA - the Laborers' Intemational Union of Norff America

— made the following statement today on the year-end spending bill:

LIUNA commends Congress for fully repealing the 40 percent "Cadillac Tax" in the end of year continuing resolution. This historic

agreement is a product of years of advocacy by LIUNA members, our allies and champions in Congress; including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-

CA), Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and the bill's original sponsors: Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) and

Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), who fought at our side, over the course of many years, for this moment.

The hard-working members of LIUNA, in addition to millions of fellow Americans, whose health benefits were at risk, will breathe a sigh of

relief this holiday season.

This victory would not have been possible without the bipartisan leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

Congressional leaders should also be commended for including in the year-end spending resolution a 3.1% pay increase for federal

workers. While we had hoped that members of Congess would come together on a fix for workers with Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

and a responsible multi-employer pension reform proposal, we are pleased to see that provisions to protect the health and pension

benefits of tens of thousands of union coal miners was included. We will continue to work with the House and Senate next year to address

the critical issue of pension reform and TPS.

Click here for a link to the story
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Lay Faculty Association Local 1261 Phone: (718)539-6440 Email: layfacultyassociation1261@gmail.com © 2020 LayFacultyAssociation

News From the LFA and its member

schools:

Thanks to Dan DiPleco, our newsletter editor, the LFA publishes a periodical Newsletter. Click the links below for the most recent and archived newsletters.

LiUNA! News:

Recent News from our

local:

July / August 2020:

Pandemic    Planning    for    Distance    Learning:    Scenarios    and Considerations for PreK–12 Education Leaders: This scenario requires all educators, support staff, students, parents, and caregivers to remain nimble in the likelihood that there are quick changes in the way learning is accessed. Scenario A: Brick to Click Learning In scenario A, the ABC school district has decided to resume traditional in-person classes with the flexibility to quickly pivot to distance education in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. The superintendent of ABC worked closely with county government and health officials to monitor the CDC guidance and state education agency guidelines to reopen in phases. Over the course of the summer, all teachers and support staff will receive professional development in online learning, ideally spread out over weeks so that they are not asked to digest and process a whole new way of working in a compressed time frame. While the goal is to return to traditional in-person classes, the expectation of all teachers will be to mirror their classrooms in online learning environments. The likelihood of another rise in infections is relatively high, so this model will allow for a quick pivot to online learning. For example, if the number of cases jumps quickly mid-week, the district would send home instructional materials within 48 hours and then continue learning online the following week. This scenario requires all educators, support staff, students, parents, and caregivers to remain nimble in the likelihood that there are quick changes in the way learning is accessed. Scenario B: Click to Brick Learning In scenario B, the EFG school district has decided to start with online learning and plans to resume traditional in-person classes on a modified basis when safe to do so. The superintendent of EFG worked closely with county government and health officials to assess the situation, but deemed it best to start online and continue monitoring public health before resuming school in- person. Over the course of the summer, all teachers and support staff will receive professional development, ideally spread out over the summer, in how to teach using online learning environments, and professional learning will be ongoing throughout the school year.18 All academic instruction will be conducted online for the duration of the school year, while plans for in-person learning (when safe to resume) will focus on advising and building teacher- student relationships. In-person schedules will allow teachers, support staff, and students to rotate through the buildings following a half-day schedule every day or full-days one to two times per week. In-person classes may not be fully attended, since it will be up to parental and caregiver choice, so teachers and support staff will be expected to maximize their limited time to support students with technology troubleshooting, mental health, social-emotional learning, relationship-building, and special services that are difficult to provide over the internet. This scenario requires all educators, support staff, students, parents, and caregivers to consider online learning the primary method of working towards competency in a grade level and/or content area, while in-person learning is focused on relationship- building and developing non-academic skills. Scenario C: Blended Learning In scenario C, the LMN school district has decided to institute a blended learning model across all schools. Blended learning is a combination of learning that takes place in a school building and in an online environment that can include both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. The leaders of LMN decided on this model because they wanted to offer as regular a school calendar as possible. Over the course of the summer, all teachers and support staff will receive additional professional learning on how to teach using blended learning methods. The LMN school district will work to ensure some uniformity in schedules across the buildings. Schools may consider one of the seven blended learning models (see Instructional Strategy section below), or any combination thereof. Younger learners may benefit from more in-person instruction if possible, whereas older students may be able work more independently in an online setting. For example, students may have one in-person learning day with the rest of the week’s learning completed online. Schools that already work in a blended environment have the capability to quickly move to full online mode if there is an outbreak of COVID-19, because the coursework already lives online within a learning management system (LMS). Brick-and-mortar activities, such as direct instruction, can be moved to video conferencing, and other face- to-face activities can be adapted for an online experience. This scenario requires all educators, support staff, students, parents, and caregivers to consistently approach teaching and learning in two delivery formats—in-person and online. Scenario D: Online Learning In scenario D, the XYZ school district has decided to move all learning experiences and services online through a proactive, purposeful, and systems-based approach. The superintendent of XYZ chose this delivery model to provide flexibility for all stakeholders through both synchronous and asynchronous modalities and to limit any health and safety risks potentially posed by having students and staff reenter school buildings. Professional development is needed to prepare for a structured approach for the 2020–21 academic school year. Over the course of the summer, all teachers and support staff will receive at least two weeks (80 additional hours) of professional learning in online learning. In addition to professional development workshops and training on online pedagogy and the technology tools, the XYZ school district recognizes the value and the power in developing mentoring relationships and learning communities for ongoing continuous knowledge and improvement. Furthermore, the technical infrastructure needs to take an “all-hands-on-deck” approach to provide scalable, secure, and intuitive solutions that support state and federal policies. Because this scenario means that teachers never see their students in person, it requires all educators, support staff, students, parents, and caregivers to find ways to use communication technologies (even phone calls) to pay close attention to the development of each child and ensure that appropriate grade-level growth is happening while learning takes place at a distance. In addition, it may be a scenario that is most appropriate for high schools and middle schools only; requiring younger students to do all work online at home would require an adult to be at home with them, which puts a large burden on working parents. Acknowledgments This resource was developed and written by an instructional designer and two former teachers, one of whom (Kristina Ishmael) is a senior project manager with the Teaching, Learning & Tech team in New America’s Education Policy program. We thank Lisa Guernsey, Elena Silva, and Sabrina Detlef for their editorial support. Our work is made possible through generous grants from our Education Policy program funders. For detailed information about our funding, please visit New America’s Our Funding webpage. The views expressed in this report are those of its authors and do not necessarily represent the views of our funders.

June 2020:

From the New York State Department of Labor   Eligibility for unemployment benefits is determined on a case-by- case basis. Your claim will be reviewed to determine if you qualify. Teachers and other school employees generally do not qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits during breaks in the school year or the time between school years or terms. This applies when: They have a contract for a similar job in the next school year or term There is reasonable assurance of a similar job in the next school year or term, after the break. Reasonable assurance exists when an educational institution: Has said it will employ a worker AND Will make a good faith effort to do so AND Offers a salary and benefits similar to the prior job Archbishop   Molloy   celebrates   the   Class   of   2020   with   home visits Spring is normally a time of great celebration as Archbishop Molloy recognizes the hard work and achievements of our senior class. Unfortunately, this spring has been different for many reasons, and as a result our seniors have seen highly anticipated events canceled or postponed. Archbishop Molloy’s administration, faculty, and staff are committed to celebrating our historic Class of 2020 and recognizing their many accomplishments. On May 21st, administrators, faculty, and staff visited the homes of dozens of seniors to deliver awesome lawn signs! President Richard Karsten ’81 personally made several deliveries. “There were smiles under many of those masks,” said President Karsten. “It was wonderful to see some of our seniors in person after many weeks of distance learning. The Class of 2020 has so much to be proud of. They have overcome many challenges to finish their high school careers strong. We will miss them, but we know they will go on to be great representatives of Molloy at many prestigious colleges this fall.” Christ   the   King   HS   celebrates   class   of   2020   with   drive   through celebration : This drive-thru celebration at Christ the King High School has been created to recognize the senior class and provide an opportunity to be congratulated by our faculty and staff while receiving graduation attire, a yearbook and a parting graduation gift. Andrea Marissa Auguster Message: “Black Lives Matter is a movement that literally means all lives matter. One life is not more important than the other, but we cannot sit idly by and allow for injustice to continue plaguing our people. Too many black sons, black daughters, black wives, black mothers, black husbands and black fathers have been lost to the infected hands of bigotry, with no end to these atrocities in sight. Supporting Black Lives Matter does not denote that other causes are of less importance. Rather, the Black Lives Matter movement affirms that we need our cries for justice answered also.” Written   by:   Andrea   Marissa   Auguster   Consultant,   Subcommittee on African American Affairs Nazareth   HS   announces   new   principal: Congratulations to Mr. John Amelio, who has been appointed the next Principal of Nazareth Regional High School, effective July 1, 2020. A life-long New York City resident, Mr. Amelio has spent the majority of his career as an educator serving a multitude of roles at private, independent, and parochial schools throughout the city. Cooking with VP Jerry Franza is back! : Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce : Ingredients: 1 lb of spaghetti 3 tbsp. of olive oil 3 cloves of garlic 1 can of anchovy 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper 2 cans of chopped claims in juice, or fresh clams 1 dozen 1 bottle of claim juice 1 tbsp. of minced parsley Steps: 1 . Cook spaghetti with salt water according to directions 2 . Heat oil, garlic, anchovy and red pepper about 1 minute 3 . Add clams and juice 4 . Add all ingredients to the spaghetti and garnish with the parsley Please note, Jerry has served this dish many times at the BOD meetings and it’s great. Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s June 2020 Message: Dear LFA Brothers and Sisters, This historic school year is coming to an end. You are to be commended for the great job you have performed in these past few months. The teaching world we knew of changed in a flash and you made the change to remote lessons and learning possible. It has not been an easy task and it has taken great effort to take on the new role of “remote teacher”. Your untiring dedication to the students was the driving force for your success! We hope that schools will reopen in September. We must keep an open mind, if the new mandates that come down the pike will affect our careers. I can assure you that the Union will be involved and that your delegates will oversee any changes that may be presented by the administration. No unilateral changes by the schools should be made. The Union is ready to negotiate any new modifications to our present contracts, if this pandemic should continue into the new school year. Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi

As news stories that impact our local are published, we will

update this area with the national news from the Laborers

International Union of North America

LIUNA Commends Congress for Protecting Workers in the

Year-End Spending Bill:

Washington, D.C. (December 19, 2019) - Terry O'Sullivan, General

President of LIUNA - the Laborers' Intemational Union of Norff

America — made the following statement today on the year-end

spending bill:

LIUNA commends Congress for fully repealing the 40 percent

"Cadillac Tax" in the end of year continuing resolution. This

historic agreement is a product of years of advocacy by LIUNA

members, our allies and champions in Congress; including

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and

the bill's original sponsors: Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and

Mike Rounds (R-SD) and

Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), who

fought at our side, over the course of many years, for this

moment.

The hard-working members of LIUNA, in addition to millions of

fellow Americans, whose health benefits were at risk, will breathe

a sigh of relief this holiday season.

This victory would not have been possible without the bipartisan

leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY),

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck

Schumer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

Congressional leaders should also be commended for including

in the year-end spending resolution a 3.1% pay increase for

federal workers. While we had hoped that members of Congess

would come together on a fix for workers with Temporary

Protected Status (TPS) and a responsible multi-employer pension

reform proposal, we are pleased to see that provisions to protect

the health and pension benefits of tens of thousands of union

coal miners was included. We will continue to work with the

House and Senate next year to address the critical issue of

pension reform and TPS.

Click here for a link to the story