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Our site should be able to provide you with the Teachers' Association information that you are looking for. Private information will continue to be sent to your home email. Here are the most recent updates:

- A new tab, Retirement Delegate Information, has been added. New info includes:

- 2017 Schedule of Summer PREP Seminars (Don't wait until you are close to retirement to find out what this is all about!)ROCHESTER July 13 (Thursday) August 9 (Wednesday) Lexington Hotel Rochester Airport 911 Brooks Avenue Rochester, NY 14624

- abandoned funds!

- Limits on Reportable Compensation used in Benefit Calculations

- Under the Links tab to the left, you can connect into Hilton's Human Resources Information: 

- NYS Retired Teachers' Association Advance Study in an Educational Field Grant Application 2017 
- Teacher Seniority 2016-17 
- Request for Transfer - Certified 
- Request for Paid Leave Time for Approved Medical Screening 
- Out of District Conference Flow Char 
- Medical Disability Leave Form 
- APPR booklet - revised Jan 2015 
- Application for Intramural Program 
- Request for Out of District Conference Attendance

- DASA Training: New certification requires this training. This is very important! Scroll down for the specific information and sign up soon! They are now taking names for the waiting list. The Links tab can also provide information.

- NYSUT Darien Lake tickets are available for purchase! Select when to go from July 8 - 23. (Links and more information below.)


The DASA trainings we have offered filled to capacity. The Rochester Regional Office will host another 6-hour DASA training on Saturday, June 17, at the Rochester RO, 30 N. Union St., from 9 am to 4 pm. Lunch (pizza) will be provided. Completion of this course fulfills the NYS DASA training requirement for teachers, teaching assistants and paraprofessionals. Capacity for this session is 35 persons, so please register right away. Please share this email with teachers, Teaching Assistants and others who need this training for certification requirements!
Below is the link for the June 17th DASA Training-
They are now taking names for the waiting list.
 
NYSUT's Rochester RO is offering the course at NO COST to members in our region, but advance registration is required. 
 
PLEASE NOTE: For earlier training sessions, some individuals signed up but did not attend and did not notify the Education Learning Trust that they were cancelling. When a member does this, it takes a place away from someone on the waiting list, and it costs the Regional Office for the space that is unfilled. For future trainings, if one of your members does not appear and fails to notify the NYSUT Learning Trust, the regional office intends to bill your local and/or the individual member to recover this cost.
 
Tom Gillett, Regional Staff Director
BE the union! www.nysut.org/unionvalue
NYSUT Rochester Regional Office; 30 N. Union St. Ste 302; Rochester, NY 14607
585-454-5550; (fax) 585-454-7711
 
6-hour Dignity Act: Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention & Intervention (DASA)

Dignity Act: Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention & Intervention
The Dignity Act maintains that it is the policy of the State of New York to afford all students in public schools an environment free of discrimination and harassment (Education Law 10). This interactive and discussion-based program examines harassment, discrimination and bullying as it relates to, but is not limited to, those acts based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, gender or sex. Participants will engage in authentic conversations and reflections about harassment, discrimination and bullying as well as explore the impact of social constructs in their personal and professional lives. This training fulfills the state requirements for six clock hours of coursework or training in the Dignity Act in accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law.


NYSUT Days at Darien Lake are July 8 - 23

Order online or with the attached order form. Tickets are just $20.99 ($21.39 each includes tax). Open the attachments for more information.


Attachments:

 2017 NYSUT
 NYSUT


Not so new, but important information

Be sure to submit your reflection to your walkthrough within five work days. The Danielson rubric and reflection submission are done through www.mylearningplan.com

Important Documents has: What is APPR (from Barb), our contract, and information about TEACH registration

Is your birthday this month?? Here is the link to TEACH website (It would be smart to print out proof that you have done this.)

Check out NYSUT's unclaimed funds page to see if anyone you know is owed money! https://secure.nystrs.org/unclaimedFunds/UnclaimedFunds.aspx

In the works: We are working on a Teachers Sell/Give to Teachers where teachers in our district can give/sell their personal items. We may make a link to a shared document or classroom so it is easier to manage and include photos. If you know of an easy way, please pass it on to Krisann Craney.


Photo Collection
Goal - Have each building submit 50 quality photos with HCSTA members in them from 2016-2017 school year.

Here are the specifics:
  • * Photograph member(s) of HCSTA involved in district related things: instruction, coaching, conducting, leading events, participating in functions, organizing a fundraiser, receiving a reward, volunteering, etc.

  • * Please only one photo per event (Ex. 1 photo from March Madness, or 1 from Empty Bowls, or 1 from a particular science lesson)

  • * Name your photo by telling what it is of.

  • * Drop your photo in the shared Google Drive. Each building has their own folder. (You may need to request access first. I will approve any requests by the end of each work day. If that doesn't work, pop an email to Krisann Craney and you will get your personal access to the folder via an email.)

Member Benefits May/June 2017

Click on the NYSUT Member Benefits tab on the left for previous opportunities as well.


PREP Summer Schedule

Delegate News
Issue No. 2017-4

May 2017

The following information was recently provided to NYSTRS' participating employers. 

Summer 2017 Schedule of PREP Seminars

No matter how far along you are in your career, careful financial and retirement planning are critical. NYSTRS’Pension & Retirement Education Program (PREP) is designed to help members of all ages accomplish that. Members can tailor PREP to fit their needs by staying for the entire seminar (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) or just those modules that help them the most: NYSTRS benefits; financial planning; Social Security; estate planning; retirement—a new beginning; and, the retirement process.

PREP seminars are free, and sessions are held throughout the year across the state. Our summer 2017 PREP schedule is now available on the Retirement Planning > Pension & Retirement Education Programpage of our website at NYSTRS.org. Please share this information with your staff as soon as possible so those wishing to attend can register before slots are filled. Instructions for making reservations, which will be accepted in the order they are received, are included on the schedule.

An electronic version of this Administrative Bulletin, complete with the schedule, is also available on the Employers > Administrative Bulletins page of our website.

Members interested in attending a benefits consultation can also do so year-round. At these one-on-one meetings, staff review the retirement process, explain payment options and provide members with benefit estimates for their target retirement dates. Our summer 2017 consultation schedule is available on the Retirement Planning > Benefits Consultations page of our website.

An archive of Delegate News issued since 2005 is found on our website.


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Delegate News 2017-6

Delegate News    Issue No. 2017-6  May 2017The following information was recently provided to NYSTRS' participating employers. 

Assistance Needed in Finding Owners of Funds

Thanks in part to assistance provided by you and your employees, since June 30, 2015 more than 3,200 individuals or estates received unclaimed funds from NYSTRS. The System was able to close out more than 75% of its Unclaimed Accounts as a result.

However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. NYSTRS still holds more than $16.7 million in its Abandoned Accounts Fund. Your help is needed in locating the owners of these funds.

What can I do to help?

Tell your active and retired employees about these funds and direct them to NYSTRS.org. Instruct them to click theUnclaimed Funds link at the bottom of any page. They’ll be redirected to a page where they can search two separate lists: Abandoned Accounts and Unclaimed Accounts. Searches can be by last name or last known teaching location.

Employers are also encouraged to search the databases for former employees. Choose “Last-Known Teaching Location” in the “Search by” dropdown menu and enter the name of your school.

What if I see a name I recognize?

If you see people you know and are able to contact them or their families, encourage them to call us at (800) 348-7298, Ext. 6090.

Is there a time limit for claiming funds?

No. Whether unclaimed or abandoned, these funds may be claimed at any time by the former member, or his or her beneficiary or estate.

Thank you for your help reuniting past members and their forgotten funds.

An archive of Delegate News issued since 2005 is found on our website.


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Delegate News 2017-5

Delegate News            Issue No. 2017-5        May 2017

The following information was recently provided to NYSTRS' participating employers. 

Limits on Reportable Compensation
Used in Benefit Calculations


Members with a Date of Membership on or After July 1, 1996 –
Tiers 4 and 5

Section 401(a)(17) of the Internal Revenue Code limits the amount of annual compensation that can be used in computing benefits for System members with a membership date on or after July 1, 1996. As advised in Administrative Bulletin 2016-7, the limit for the 2016-17 school year was $265,000.

The IRS limit for the 2017-18 school year will be $270,000.

During the 2017-18 school year, please cease applicable mandatory contributions for all members with a date of membership on or after July 1, 1996 who have an annual base pay rate greater than $270,000 or whose actual or expected earnings will exceed that figure.

Members with a Date of Membership on or After April 1, 2012 –
Tier 6

For Tier 6 members, in accordance with Retirement and Social Security Law Section 601(l), any wages earned during a school year in excess of the New York State governor’s annual salary (currently $179,000) are excluded from pension calculations.

As such, for all members with a date of membership on or after April 1, 2012, please do not deduct employee contributions once the pensionable earnings limit of $179,000 is reached.

All Members

The earnings limits described above do not impact the reporting of salary or service credit. Even if the above limits are exceeded, you must continue to report all salary paid and days worked. Any earnings reported in excess of the appropriate limits will be adjusted at year-end, as will contributions.

We will continue to notify you when IRS limits are adjusted for increases in the cost-of-living index. Likewise, we will notify you if the governor’s salary changes. Changes in either will affect when deductions for employee contributions should cease.

Please call our Employer Reporting Unit at (800) 348-7298, Ext. 6220 with notifications or if you have any questions on this topic.

An archive of Delegate News issued since 2005 is found on our website.


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