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The Teacher Center partnered with the Center for Arts Education and the National Jazz Museum to help teachers learn creative ways to inspire and educate students who are English language learners. “Sunday morning is a tough time, but I saw teachers engaged, excited and participating fully in the workshops,” said Ann Archer, a Spanish teacher in the Bronx.
Eighty-eight very proud child care providers completed training for their national accreditation from the National Association for Family Child Care in a festive graduation ceremony held at the UFT’s lower Manhattan headquarters on Dec. 6.
Ninth- and 10th-graders from career and technical education public schools across the city searched for answers to their futures during the two-day Big Apple Classic STEM-Ed Leadership Summit co-sponsored by the UFT on Dec. 6–7.
School custodian Bill Post was determined that his union, Local 891, would grant the students at PS 188 in Coney Island the kind of holiday that all kids deserve. Each year, the union chooses a needy school and throws a party for its students. This year, the gifts came to PS 188, one of the UFT's Community Learning Schools.
Annual mammograms and early detection can lead to the best outcomes for breast cancer treatment, the deputy physician-in-chief and director of breast cancer programs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan told the nearly 100 who attended the annual breast cancer workshop at UFT headquarters.
Art educators caught up with her colleagues and gleaned ideas to take back to their schools at Artworks 2014, the 34th annual NYCATA conference on Oct. 25.
For the 15th straight year, members of the UFT Veterans Committee took part in the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11. “The crowds love the vets,” UFT Veterans Committee Chair John Garvey said. The only downer, he added, was “that the governor vetoed a pension legislation bill.”
Myrna Connolly’s kindergarten students at PS 25 in the South Bronx gingerly sampled the seaweed but decided they liked the carrot wrap sushi that chef Tracy Griffith had prepared for them much better during her visit on Nov. 18.
For one glorious night, Shirley Nieves pushed aside her pain and reveled in a circle of friends, family and former colleagues from PS 96 in East Harlem, who threw the beloved teacher a Halloween fundraiser for a lifesaving double lung transplant.
Everyone at PS 196 in the Bronx took part in raising an extraordinary $8,000 in the school’s third annual Cancer Walkathon on Oct. 22.
A downtown Brooklyn street was renamed on Oct. 25 in honor of Jon Kest, the founder of the organizing group New York Communities for Change and a friend and adviser to the UFT. Kest died of cancer in 2012
Colleagues, family and friends of Simeonette Mapes, a social studies teacher who helped found the School for the Classics in Brooklyn, gathered on Sept. 27 at a Staten Island street corner which was renamed in her honor during an intimate ceremony.
Students and staff at PS 43 in Far Rockaway celebrated winning the $20,000 grand prize in the citywide Build a Better School Contest during a celebration in the auditorium on Oct. 11.
UFT Italian American Heritage Committee members celebrated Italian Heritage and Culture Month on Oct. 17 at UFT headquarters with a focus on Italian American sports legends in America.
UFT members from schools in the Bronx had fun while raising $450 to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at the third annual Zumba class fundraiser on Oct. 2.
Diabetes has become a major epidemic in the United States, which is why the UFT Welfare Fund chose to hold a workshop on the disease and how to prevent it.
A team of members of the Federation of Nurses/UFT joined 50,000 other marchers for the first time in the annual Walk to Defeat ALS — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease — at East Meadow, Long Island, on Sept. 20.
At their first School Leadership Team meeting of the year on Sept. 9, parents, staff and students at East Harlem’s PS 206 got to brainstorm parent engagement ideas with UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.
Hundreds of UFT members marched up Fifth Avenue for the 132nd Labor Day Parade on Sept. 6. As in years past, retirees — including founding UFT member Leo Hoenig — joined in-service members in the march.