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Colleagues,


Today we are launching an initiative to highlight the terrific work that Rochester teachers do every day and to educate the public about the exciting learning opportunities in our public schools. The Rochester Teachers Care video project will highlight exemplary work and dedication of our colleagues in service to our students. Every week for the rest of this school year, and continuing for the next three years, we will release a professionally produced brief video highlighting the work of individual teachers, groups of colleagues, or entire Rochester schools. Supported by a generous grant from our state union, the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), we are working on this exciting project with former local newscaster Robin DeWind and photo-journalist Chris Coffey. Here’s the first installment: Rochester Teachers Care.


In addition to sharing these weekly videos with RTA members through this email list, the segments will be posted on the RTA website, RTA’s FB, Twitter, and also shared through other social media venues. We are partnering with community groups and other local organizations to make this an effective and on-going reminder that there’s much to admire about our heroic teachers and about what is going on in our public schools. 


Please let us know your ideas and suggestions for future segments of the Rochester Teachers Care project. To nominate yourself, another colleague or a group of colleagues, you can email RTA Secretary Aimee Rinere or the Chairperson of RTA’s Public Relations Committee Matt Lavonas . Or just call us at the RTA (585 546 2681).


As we enter what may be a tough few years for public education, we must redouble our efforts to making our schools better and the learning of all our students. At the same time, we must highlight the positive, emphasize the good news, and shed light on the daily heroism of Rochester teachers. It is our hope that the Rochester Teachers Care project will contribute to emulating good practices in our profession and to building greater confidence in our schools.


Adam Urbanski, RTA President