2121 member Ann Fontanella receives International ESOL Teacher of the Year Award

Ann F awardOur own CCSF ESL instructor and AFT 2121 Downtown Campus Precinct Representative Ann Fontanella received the International TESOL Teacher of the Year award, the highest honor given by this organization of 12,000 educators representing 156 countries. This award recognizes the exceptional work, service and dedication of outstanding ESOL instructors at all levels.

In conjunction with the award, presented in Portland, OR in late March, Ann gave a well-received presentation that described her work in developing and teaching courses that promote engagement and community leadership skills in her students.

Ann was also honored by Cambridge University Press at a dinner in which she was presented with a Wonder Woman crown and outfit. Ann is truly a Wonder Woman in her tireless commitment to her students and to the fight to keep City College open and accessible to our entire community. We’re inspired to have Ann’s positive energy, creativity, and enthusiasm, and pleased to see her so widely recognized.

Congratulations, Ann!image (1)

Posted in Members, News

San Mateo Trustees: Further scrutiny for ACCJC


The San Mateo Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously passed this resolution on March 26, 2014. They will be sending it to their fellow Trustees in the 71 other Community College districts in the state, the State Chancellor’s office, the ACCJC, and the U.S. Department of Education. Thank you to AFT Local 1493!

“WHEREAS, sanctions imposed by ACCJC are rarely based on the actual quality of education and student services delivered by an institution or the adequacy of instruction delivered by its faculty…”

Posted in Accreditation, News, Support for AFT 2121, CCSF

Join the conversation with Micah Uetrich, author of “Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity”

Micah-Uetrich-3.27.14Thursday, March 27th at 6:30pm
CCSF Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Ave
Multi-Use Building, Room 140

The Chicago Teachers Union strike was the most important domestic labor struggle so far this century. In the age of austerity, when the public sector is under attack, Chicago teachers fought back — and won. Strike for America is the story of this movement and how it triumphed.

“An indispensable account … Uetricht explains why the struggle of teachers in Chicago should matter to all of us.” – Liza Featherstone

Posted in Events, News

Counseling faculty raise concerns

Financial Aid letterWednesday morning, over 35 academic counselors from throughout City College’s counseling departments met to organize to have a voice in their workplace.

The counselors in Financial Aid recently sent a letter of concern to Chancellor Tyler about the leadership of the Vice Chancellor of Student Development (pdf). Unfortunately, the problems outlined in this letter affect not only the Financial Aid office, but counselors throughout Student Development. CCSF counselors are united in advocating for their students and their profession.

Posted in Members, Solidarity

Priorities: Fact or Science Fiction?

By Alisa Messer

As a science fiction fan, I have sometimes likened what is happening to our City College of late to terraforming, or reforming a planet and obliterating cultures.

Reading texts about far-off planets helps me think about our situation, with so many complex perspectives and mismatched priorities. The basic plot: colonists arrive from another planet, incapable of recognizing that there is already intelligent life here, already a culture with value and meaning for the inhabitants. The invaders can’t see that: they can only see uncouth and unruly heathens. Read more ›

Posted in President's message, Union Action newsletter

March 2014 Union Action now available

March-2014page3Look for it in your campus mailbox or read it as an online magazine or download the pdf (3.09 MB).

Posted in News, Union Action newsletter

Finally an updated Check Your Check!

Posted in News, Pay

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