Feature stories

Feature stories | June 26, 2014 >>

The Safe and Caring program at PS 88 in Ridgewood is helping foster social and emotional development in the students.

Feature stories | June 26, 2014 >>

Thanks to a dynamic physical education teacher and support from the nonprofit running organization New York Road Runners, the Mighty Milers of PS 164 have collectively run almost 36,000 miles since September.

Feature stories | June 26, 2014 >>

In courtyards, in backyards and on rooftops, hundreds of school gardens are in bloom. Tens of thousands of city children are planting seeds and helping them grown into flowers and plants that please the eye, build good health and bring color to schoolyards and communities everywhere.

Feature stories | June 5, 2014 >>

Learning in a 4th-grade class and an 8th-grade math class in two Bensonhurst schools has been transformed by 3D computers.

Feature stories | June 5, 2014 >>

PS 30 in East Harlem does not have the shiny frills of Success Academy, which is co-located in its building, but it has strengthened its community with the help of the UFT community learning schools grant, new partners and programs like reading nights.

Feature stories | June 5, 2014 >>

Members of the Science Olympiad team at JHS 194 in Whitestone, which took home a 2nd-place trophy in this year’s citywide competition, go in depth and research a topic all year.

Feature stories | May 15, 2014 >>

In the third blog post by Patrick Nau, a teacher at PS 369 in the South Bronx about his experiences with the Institute for Understanding Behavior, Nau talks about applying the strategies he’s learned to help students who act out. “The goal is to help the student cope with his emotions and think about a better way to resolve the situation next time,” he writes.

Feature stories | May 15, 2014 >>

Habeeb Hussaini — one of 11 guidance counselors at Hillcrest HS in Jamaica — uses magic tricks and myriad other strategies to connect with the nearly 200 at-risk students. “It’s all about building rapport and getting them to trust me,” he says.

Feature stories | May 15, 2014 >>

After an accident he suffered seven years ago left him a quadriplegic, Matthew Valente, a graduate of Michael J. Petrides HS, might have settled for a restricted life in a wheelchair surrounded by sympathetic friends and family. Instead, with the help of his alma mater, he’s fighting back.

Feature stories | May 15, 2014 >>

For proof that the influence of a great teacher can last a lifetime, look no further than Sandra Mittelman, who retired in 2012 after teaching English at Russell Sage JHS in Forest Hills for 21 years.

Feature stories | April 17, 2014 >>

Schuylerville Preparatory HS, a brand-new, unscreened school in the Westchester Square area of the Bronx, offers its predominantly Hispanic students a classical education that the school’s educators hope will hone critical thinking and cultivate students who are able to develop facts into arguments and convey those arguments persuasively and clearly.

Feature stories | April 17, 2014 >>

A pink-clad dynamo of a teacher, Vera Fried inspired students to think differently. They never forgot -- one just put her in his Hollywood movie.

Feature stories | April 17, 2014 >>

Chancellor Carmen Fariña singled out the dual-language program at PS 178 in Washington Heights as a model that should be replicated in more New York City schools.

Feature stories | March 27, 2014 >>

Teachers’ answers to the UFT‘s comprehensive, random-sample survey of their work lives and professional views, conducted just before he left office, show just how low teacher morale has fallen and how grueling teachers’ working conditions have become.

Feature stories | March 27, 2014 >>

In Tom Sangiorgi’s chemistry class at Townsend Harris HS in Flushing, Queens, chemistry isn’t just something students learn — it’s something they experience.

Feature stories | March 27, 2014 >>

With hands covering their eyes and appeals for “no peeking” and “don’t ruin the surprise,” 1st-graders from PS 62 in Richmond Hill shrieked with glee when they opened their classroom door and found brightly colored tables and chairs instead of their dreary, old, scratched desks.

Feature stories | March 27, 2014 >>

We sign a check, address a letter or leave a note and never think twice about the complexity of what we have just done. Yet for some children, handwriting is a skill that may take years to master. Occupational therapists working with these children describe handwriting as one of the most challenging and complex skills to develop.

Feature stories | March 27, 2014 >>

Puppies bring out the little kid in everyone, it seems. But one afterschool program is showing that puppies can also awaken something else: leadership and self-confidence in girls. That’s the ambitious agenda of Unleashed at the Clinton MS for Artists and Writers near Hudson Yards in Manhattan.

Feature stories | March 6, 2014 >>

A chance encounter at the bowling alley led to the surprising friendship between a high school senior and an 11-year-old boy with Down syndrome. The senior became the younger boy’s personal bowling coach, modeling himself after his own coach at Abraham Lincoln HS in Brooklyn.

Feature stories | March 6, 2014 >>

Nestled close to his 5th-grade mentor Timothy, 1st-grader Noah concentrates hard as he sounds out the words in his book, “Blackbird’s Nest.” The pair is part of PS/IS 206's Reading Mentors program, created by literacy coach Ali Giordano.

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