Around the UFT

February 2, 2017

Japanese contingent visits Curtis HS, Staten Island

The UFT’s Community Learning School Initiative, now in 28 schools citywide, is attracting interest internationally. Curtis HS, a community learning school on Staten Island, played host on Jan. 5 to a delegation of 10 educators and seven students from Tokyo and other parts of Japan.

Parent workshop at PS 154, the Bronx

A ceramics workshop for parents is one way that PS 154 is trying to strengthen the connection of parents to this South Bronx school.

School Secretaries Seminar

At annual seminar, school secretaries get tips on staying stress-free while dealing with difficult personalities.

Research and Service HS students mentor students from PS 5, Brooklyn

Several times a year the teachers at Research and Service HS invite 1st- and 2nd-graders from nearby PS 5 to the school, where the teenage students design and teach lessons and do hands-on projects with the adoring younger students.

January 5, 2017

Family child care providers’ field trip to the Brooklyn Historical Society

More than 50 UFT family child care providers took a step back in time when they visited the Brooklyn Historical Society on Dec. 3.

Passion and Promise celebration for paraprofessionals in District 75 in the Bronx

Hanging on a wall in Eloise Zeller’s home is a plaque that reads “To the mother I never had,” a tribute to a woman who has spent 45 years working with children as a paraprofessional. 

Memorial mural unveiled for student at PS 82, Queens
Demetrius Palmer Jr. had an “infectious joy and love for life,” said Grisel Rodriguez, the principal of PS 82 in Jamaica, Queens. Demetrius, a 4th-grader at the school, accidentally drowned on Aug. 16. Teachers, students and family members gathered in the school’s yard on Nov. 30 to remember Demetrius and unveil a mural in his memory.
UFT Welfare Fund Medical Learning Series

Many breast cancer survivors and their loved ones were among a capacity crowd on Dec. 15 for a presentation on breast cancer research and treatment, part of the UFT Welfare Fund’s Medical Learning Series.

December 1, 2016

Yoobi donates to schools in Brooklyn's District 14

“Nothing is as exciting to kids as a new pencil,” says Karen Rost, the chapter leader at PS 59, a UFT Community Learning School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

New York City Art Teachers Association 2016 conference

The theme of this year's New York City Art Teachers Association's conference was collaboration. “It’s professional development for teachers to get new skills but they also have a chance to make new friends and work with colleagues,” said Joan Davidson, the conference coordinator.

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