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Queens high school defends title

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Advertising Week poster competition

Six proud seniors gather around their first prize poster.Six proud seniors — (seated, from left) Diandra Duncan and Zoe Berman and (standing, from left) Marquise Moore, Agyei Duggan, Wesley Jacobs and Khemraj Ramnauth — gather around their first-prize poster warning “Once it’s out there, it’s out there.”

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PS 14, the Bronx

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The president visits...

Mulgrew addresses the staff.Miller PhotographyMulgrew addresses the staff.

At an early-morning visit to the Bronx’s PS 14 to hear first-hand about and sort out issues that members have at the school, UFT President Michael Mulgrew met with nearly 60 UFTers in the filled-to-bursting faculty lounge on Oct. 26. Discussion covered a range of issues, from local school irritants and problems with administrators to prospects for better state and city funding of public schools and the importance of voting for and electing supporters of the union and education on Election Day.

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Tasty lessons at CookShop Orientation

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30th annual Art Education Conference

UFT President Michael Mulgrew helps prep the apple salad under the direction of Cara Metz

At the Nov. 4 session, UFT President Michael Mulgrew helps prep the apple salad under the direction of former chef Carrie Hildebrand, CookShop’s site coordinator, as teachers who will be bringing the program to their classrooms look on. More photos >>

Millie Peguero Pat Arnow

Millie Peguero

It was Saturday, but alarm clocks went off anyway for more than 1,000 teachers who attended a CookShop Orientation session on Oct. 23 at UFT headquarters in preparation for the hands-on nutrition education programs they will initiate in January.

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Honoring an icon

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30th annual Art Education Conference

Honoring an icon - 2Miller PhotographyImmersed in one of the more than two dozen workshops on tap are Gloria Truppi of Brooklyn’s PS 124, Jill Cannon of Mott Hall HS in Manhattan and Mike Colonna of Brooklyn’s MS 442.

Members of the New York City Art Teachers Association/UFT were serenaded when Peter Yarrow of the folk singing group Peter, Paul and Mary was honored with the Artist of the Year Award at the group’s 30th annual Art Education Conference.

“He got his ideas across about the importance of the arts just by singing and playing his guitar,” association President Joan Davidson said of Yarrow, a political and education activist.

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Making a ‘World of Difference’

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Foreign language teachers’ Annual Professional Conference

Rosa Riccio Pietanza (front, left), leads an exercise. Miller Photography/Ken Brown

Rosa Riccio Pietanza (front, left), coordinator for partnership schools at New York University, leads an exercise in the “Incorporating Process Drama into the LOTE Classroom” workshop.

Dr. Antonio Benetti, Lucrezia Lindia, and George Altomare. Miller Photography/Ken Brown

Also at the event, George Altomare (right), UFT Professional Committees liaison, presents an Italian Heritage and Culture Month poster to Dr. Antonio Benetti, director of education of the Italian Consulate, and Lucrezia Lindia, president of the Italian Teachers Association.

Conference Chairperson Karen Cooper, a Teacher Opportunity Program Scholar Miller Photography/Ken Brown

Conference Chairperson Karen Cooper, a Teacher Opportunity Program Scholar.

The thirteenth all-day Annual Professional Conference of the New York City Association of Foreign Language Teachers/UFT, attended by more than 300 members and featuring around two dozen varied and valuable pedagogical and cultural workshops, was held at union headquarters on Oct. 30. This year’s theme was “LOTE (Languages Other Than English) Makes a World of Difference.” Focusing on meeting the needs of and engaging future as well as present teachers, the workshops covered a host of themes, including some new ones related to technology.

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Making a difference — one stitch at a time — at Brooklyn school

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“There’s a sense of excitement at the school in helping someone a little less fo“There’s a sense of excitement at the school in helping someone a little less fortunate than we are,” said parent coordinator Fatimah Muhammad.

 

Learning from their teachers how to roll up their sleeves and open their hearts, kids are doing good works at Frederick Douglass Academy VIII in Brooklyn.

Twice a week after school a group of 40 students, several teachers and a few parents get together at this small community service-learning school and hold a kind of joyful urban sewing bee, making sleeping bags for the city’s homeless.

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Learning on the menu at Queens School’s new kitchen

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Members from the Queens PS 107 family gather for the grand opening of the school Members from the Queens PS 107 family gather for the grand opening of the school’s Special Education Community Kitchen. Joining staff, kids and the volunteer Home Depot crew are Principal James Phair (sixth from left) with (from left, following Phair) head carpenter Ray Garcia, Special Education Coordinator Jane Turetzky and Toys R Us Director and Principal for the Day Michael Goldstein, and UFT Queens District 25 Representative Joe Kessler (third from right).
Paraprofessional Branka Krsikapa painted the kitchen mural during her summer vac Paraprofessional Branka Krsikapa painted the kitchen mural during her summer vacation.

The new  Special Education Community Kitchen at PS 107 in Queens, which had its grand opening on Nov. 3, is one New York eatery destined for success.

It already has its devotees and will continue to for generations at the school, which is so lauded for inclusion and academic excellence that parents of special-needs kids pick up and move to the school’s Flushing neighborhood just to be within its zone.

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Delivering method through entertainment

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I Will Graduate Day

One of the drum lines performs at I Will Graduate Day Bruce Cotler

One of the drum lines performs.

Darlene Shockness, parent coordinator at PS 753, and Abdelmonem Saed Ahmed Bruce Cotler

Darlene Shockness, parent coordinator at PS 753 in Brooklyn, and Abdelmonem Saed Ahmed, an English as a second language teacher at the school, at the event.

UFT Vice President for CTE Sterling Roberson Bruce Cotler

UFT Vice President for Career and Technical Education High Schools Sterling Roberson.

The 4-year-old Entertainers 4 Education Alliance, committed to impressing upon young people the importance of education, held its second annual I Will Graduate Day celebration at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Oct. 26. The cornerstone event in the group’s national I Will Graduate campaign brought together pop icons and educators to speak with at-risk youth about the importance of staying in school. “We utilize pop culture, the things kids love, to send out our message about the importance of education,” Executive Director Tonya Lewis said.

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A day to honor superheroes

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The Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan was packed with some 1,200 UFT activists on Nov. 7 for the union’s annual Teacher Union Day celebration. The event, which this year took place 50 years to the day of the historic first strike by UFT members, is a chance for the union to honor its own for their many important contributions to New York City public school education. Among those honored were AFT President Randi Weingarten, who received the Charles Cogen Award as well as a Superman-inspired UFT T-shirt from UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

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Preparing for the challenges ahead

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Election Day PD

Cara Metz

Keynote speaker John-Michael Keyes, of the “I Love U Guys” Foundation, embraces family worker Daniel Goodine, who lost two children to gun
violence in New York at the UFT’s Election Day Citywide Safety Symposium.

Bruce Cotler

Vincent Luppino, of Toyota Motors, instructs automotive technology teachers in a CTE workshop on the “controller area network” at the Center for Automotive Education and Training in Whitestone, Queens. The workshop was one of many held for CTE teachers across the city on Election Day.

Cara Metz

Inez Cruz, a UFT delegate from PS 255 in Queens, asks DOE representatives what the department is doing to combat gun violence in city schools.

“If it can happen, it will eventually happen here,” John-Michael Keyes, whose 16-year-old daughter was killed in a 2006 school shooting in Bailey, Colo., warned a packed audience of more than 800 public school educators, administrators and safety personnel during an emotionally charged plenary at UFT headquarters on Nov. 2.

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