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Having students learn to swim is a foundation of Samarra Community School, a Spanish/English dual language school that opened in September.
Romia Reid, a chemistry teacher at Middle College HS in Long Island City, is a master teacher, one of the new teacher leadership positions created in the 2014 contract, but she says all her teaching ideas come from the other teachers in the school.
Maribeth Whitehouse, who teaches at IS 190 in the Bronx, draws connections for her students between the Triangle fire and the Happly Land Social Club fire 79 years later. It is just one of the many ways that public school teachers have found to teach the Triangle fire to their students.
When time for PD was extended to the rest of the staff as a result of the contract, the staff at PS/IS 121 seized the opportunity to extend their professional learning community dedicated to studying anchor texts.
Teacher Maria Yang came from China to the East-West School for International Studies for one year thanks to a federal government program. She helped the secondary school develop an AP Chinese course and provide students with a deeper cultural understanding of China – and she learned teaching techniques that she will bring back to China.
One 5th-grader stopped some boys from another class from teasing his friend. “I know what to do to be a good friend and person,” he explained.
Thanks to a partnership of First Book and the UFT, each kindergarten through 3rd-grade teacher at Washington Heights Academy received 25 books for each of their classroom libraries. And every single student in those grades will receive six books to keep.
As a math teacher at International Community HS in the South Bronx, Aristides Julmarx Galdones Uy hears a frequent question from skeptical students: “When am I going to use this in the real world?”
Through a combination of research-based programs and targeted intervention strategies, PS 112, a K–2 school in East Harlem, has developed a well-rounded reading curriculum.
Forget what you think you know about math: At the National Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan, it’s not something you work on with pencil and paper.
Theater teacher Lynn Manuell’s theater program for students with autism was narrowly saved from elimination last year when the growth of a Success Academy charter school, with which P 811 is co-located, threatened to jettison her classroom space. Manuell fought to preserve what she saw as a class that provides crucial support for students with special needs.
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“The IUB has helped all of us get to know the children at a more human level,” says Christine Chavez, the principal of PS 45 on Staten Island. “We’re establishing routines and procedures to look at the child in an academic and a social way.” That level of commitment and focus has made PS 45 a model of what can be achieved by participating in the Institute for Understanding Behavior program.
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Writing weakness is common in middle school, but what the School of Integrated Learning is doing about it is not. With the support of PROSE, math and ELA teachers combine forces, share classrooms and co-develop curriculum to help their students become better writers.
Four new teacher leadership positions were made possible by a federal Teacher Incentive Fund grant that supports a career-ladder initiative now operating in 77 high-needs middle schools across the city.
Kingsborough Early College Secondary School’s staff development committee decided to try a different approach to professional learning this year: the creation of small inquiry groups to explore and then try out strategies on topics that the staff had identified in a needs-assessment survey.
Four Brooklyn large high schools decided to do something different this year for Election Day professional development: they pooled their resources so that teachers and paraprofessionals got training in their specific subject areas while meeting colleagues from neighboring schools.
Emma Lazarus HS on the Lower East Side has drawn national attention for its stunning success in teaching English language learners from low-income families. Teachers give students the scaffolding they need to master English at the same time that they tackle difficult high school subjects.
Harvest Collegiate HS is using the PROSE provision in the UFT contract to gain more freedom to veer from tradition this year. This year’s plan is to increase teacher leadership positions and conduct a grand experiment in peer evaluation.
P 352, a District 75 school in Brooklyn, has carved out time in its schedule for teachers and paraprofessionals to receive professional development that truly addresses their needs.
It’s not often that city kids calmly kneel before flowers and count bees and wasps. But the 21 students in Diane Corrigan’s 1st-grade class at PS 179 in Kensington did just that on a class trip to the Gateway National Recreation Area on Jamaica Bay in Queens on Oct. 9.