On Wednesday, November 8th, Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), will visit Saunders Trades and Technical High School to shine a spotlight on its unique approach to vocational and academic instruction. As part of AFT’s yearlong “Real Solutions for Kids and Communities” campaign, Weingarten will emphasize the need to celebrate educational programs that help students recover and thrive.
The Saunders System
Saunders Trades and Technical High School stands out for its distinctive educational model. The model equips students with both job-ready skills and academic preparation for college. Students have the opportunity to major in one of ten technical, vocational, or occupational programs. They simultaneously participate in academic classes, taking Regents exams, and college prep courses.
The school’s curriculum offers a diverse range of courses such as:
- graphic design
- cosmetology & barbering
- fashion design
- automotive technology
- heating & air conditioning
- construction technology
- biology & chemical technology
- electronic & computer circuitry
This comprehensive approach provides students with a well-rounded education that prepares them for future careers in their chosen fields.
The event details
During her visit, Weingarten will highlight the “Take A Look at Teaching” Program, created by the Yonkers Federation of Teachers. This program encourages current students to consider a career as educators within the district. The goal of is program is to foster a sense of community and dedication to the Yonkers education system.
The event is part of AFT’s ongoing mission to advocate for “Real Solutions for Kids and Communities.” In contrast to the political debates on education, AFT seeks to celebrate programs that provide children with the support and resources they need to thrive in today’s world.
The event at Saunders Trades and Technical High School will be attended by key figures, including Dr. Luis Rodriguez, Interim Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools, Samantha Rosado-Ciriello, President of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers, Dr. Michelle Yazurlo, Assistant Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools, and Mr. Jeremy Rynders, the principal of Saunders Trades and Technical High School.
The visit will take place at 183 Palmer Rd, Yonkers, NY, 10701, starting at 8:30 am.