Feature stories

February 7, 2019

Booking stars

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. Just 20 blocks south, at PS 347, the fluorescent lights are just as illuminating when Broadway stars read to students once a month.


Para family trees

Susan O’Rourke, a school secretary at PS 23 on Staten Island, encouraged her three older sisters to become paraprofessionals.

Anthony Sanchez, his wife, Alejandra, and his mother, Juana, are all paraprofessionals in schools in Queens.

Christina Cingari and her daughter, Brianna, are both paraprofessionals who followed in the footsteps of their mother and grandmother, Mary Valva, now retired.

‘It gets better’

In William Green’s AP chemistry classroom at Frederick Douglass Academy III in the South Bronx, every student-teacher interaction is deeply informed by Green’s journey from homelessness to becoming a finalist for the 2019 New York State Teacher of the Year.


Portal to the past

For Bronx 1st-graders from PS 121, a visit to the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in Pelham Bay Park opened a window into the world of the early 19th century, when their borough was still farmland.

Planting seeds of change at Manhattan school

A new community service club at MS 247 in Manhattan is changing the lives of its student members and the people their projects benefit.


‘Money for parks — not for walls’

Students at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills, Queens, who were locked out of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge because of the government shutdown, turned their disappointment into a civics lesson and staged a rally at the shuttered park.

January 3, 2019

Climbing the career ladder

For many low-income workers, the most formidable barrier to higher-paying, more stable jobs is the cost of a college education.
That barrier is scaled by the UFT Paraprofessional Chapter’s career ladder, officially called the Career Training Program, a benefit fought for and won by the UFT in the first DOE-UFT paraprofessional contract in 1969.

One big, happy Insta-fam!

Travelers use Instagram to post pictures of scenery. Foodies use Instagram to post pictures of meals. And increasingly, teachers are using Instagram to post pictures of the work that goes on inside their classrooms.

Making space for differences

What started two years ago as a club for LGBTQ students at IS 187 in Borough Park, Brooklyn, has quickly evolved into a group devoted to self-awareness and social advocacy that promotes tolerance and acceptance of difference.

They’ve got the beat

A new drum line at the East Village Community School in Manhattan allows students to grow and explore through music.

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