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NYSUT's Education & Learning Trust ( provides innovative professional learning for teachers and School-Related Professionals that is affordable and flexible, modeled on best practices and current research-based strategies.

ELT offers a wide variety of learning opportunities that include courses for undergraduate, graduate and in-service credit; college programs that lead to master's degrees; and seminars, both site-based and online, to meet the needs of NYSUT members, whether for professional growth or certification purposes.

As an approved CTLE provider, ELT's courses and seminars can be used toward CTLE hour fulfillment. ELT instructors are the best in their profession.

Union leaders, school district officials and Teacher Center directors have come to depend upon ELT's dynamic instructors over the past 40 years for professional learning of the highest quality. ELT's application-based model and adherence to the principle of "members teaching members" contributes to the success of ELT's offerings.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 from Noon to 3 pm

Speaker: Peter Verdon

NYSUT Regional Staff Director, Suffolk Office  


~ Lombardi’s on the Bay ~

600 S. Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY (631) 654-8970 

For Directions go to: 

$25 per person               Cash bar RSVP October 6th



Download the Reservation form Here



Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017


Day includes — Guided Tours: Alexander Hamiilton Home & Morris Jumel Mansion Narrated TourHamilton’s Harlem’ (w/ Local Guide)

3-course Lunch at Sylvia’s of Harlem (incl.)                                                    Deluxe Motor Coach Transportation

All Taxes & Tips  


Pick up sites:  NYSUT offices – (Rear of Buildings)   

Suffolk: Bus Departs PROMPTLY at 7:30am - 150 Motor Pkwy, Hauppauge 

Nassau: Bus Departs PROMPTLY at 8:00am - 1000 Woodbury Rd, Woodbury


 Checks payable to:  Retiree Council 23

Questions: Call


NYSUT sent out a notice earlier this year regarding the NYSHIP dependent eligibilty audit. The audit was directed strictly to those members with family Empire Plan coverage and who obtain their health coverage through school districts of local governements.

April 15, 2016, was the deadline for participants to submit verifying dependent information to the plan for the purpose of coverage. It was reported yesterday that as of 04/14/16, 26,000 Empire Plan participants had not submitted their dependent verification information. If this information is not submitted, dependents will be removed from


Join fellow RC 23 retires on October 13 and 14 for an exciting overnight trip to Cape May, New Jersey. Journey to the historic, seaside city by luxury motor coach, spend the night at the famous, beachfront Grand Hotel , enjoy a fun filled evening of dinner-theater, tour the victorian homes of Cape May, and visit the Renault Winery in Egg Harbor before heading home on Wednesday. For additional information, download the reservation form here.


The June 2015 issue of NYSTRS' Resource newsletter is now available on the NYSUT website. Download the newsletter (PDF).

In This Issue:

Coming in September: A COLA Increase
Eligible retirees receiving a monthly benefit of any amount from NYSTRS will see a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of 1.0% on the first $18,000 of their annual benefit payment beginning this September, the result of legislation enacted in New York 15 years ago.

NYSTRS Remains a Top-10 Fund
NYSTRS is once again ranked among the top-10 pension funds in the nation according to trade publication Pensions & Investments (P&I).


NYSUT is proud to present the Spring 2015 issue of our quarterly Member Benefits E-Direct electronic newsletter. Click here to view this e-newsletter. The publication includes embedded links that will allow you to learn more about our various endorsed programs & services. We hope that you will find the content useful.
Each issue of this electronic publication is put together with great thought and effort as we strive to ensure that we offer helpful hints and tips to our members -- an added benefit of NYSUT membership provided at no cost to NYSUT members. We want all NYSUT members to know that

NYSUT reported this morning that United Healthcare (UHC) and the 
Carolinas Health Care System (CHS) have reached a contractual agreement, 
resulting in the return of all CHS physicians to The Empire Plan 
network. The effective date will be retroactive to March 1, 2015, 
ensuring that Empire Plan enrollees and dependents do not experience any 
interruption in their network benefits for services received from CHS 
providers. Any questions regarding CHS providers or claims should be 
directed to UHC by calling The Empire Plan at 1-877-7-NYSHIP 
(1-877-769-7447); press or say 1 for the Medical Program


NYSUT Member Benefits has been offering NYSUT members a variety of endorsed insurance, financial, legal, and discount programs for the past 30 years designed to provide a quality product while saving them money.
Click here to go to NYSUT Member Benefits

AFT PLUS Member Benefits


AFT PLUS is the name of the member benefit programs available to AFT members and their families. Many of the programs are provided through Union Privilege, the benefit arm of the AFL-CIO; others are unique to AFT and are coordinated directly through AFT PLUS. Explore the site and learn more about the savings and services available to you as a union member.

Click here to learn more about AFT PLUS Member Benefits.