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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.
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.
In Helen Chan’s full-day prekindergarten classroom at the Children’s Workshop School in the East Village, as in any high-quality pre-K program, learning and play are deeply intertwined. Through a curriculum that combines early academic skills with social, emotional and physical learning activities, pre-K helps children build the knowledge they’ll need for kindergarten.
Third-grade students from PS 117 in Briarwood conclude one writing unit with a celebration of their “published” work at a local bookstore.
Beatriz Cordoba from PS 212 in Gravesend, Brooklyn officially teaches theater. But with an eclectic background in art, dance, music, theater and stage combat, she combines all her expertise into a unique program she has dubbed “dramarts.”
In the second of a series of blog posts for edwize, Patrick Nau, a teacher at PS 369 in the Bronx, reflects upon his training with the Institute for Understanding Behavior and how he will apply what he has learned to his classroom and school.
Kindergartners from PS/MS 207 in Howard Beach took a class trip to the 300-year-old Queens County Farm on Jan. 23. The students were in the midst of a literacy unit comparing present and past, and the children had come to the farm to witness some of those changes firsthand.
Richard Berman, a public relations executive with a history of helping corporations bash the labor movement, has unleashed a campaign to smear the American Federation of Teachers and its president, Randi Weingarten.
On Staten Island, community is tightly woven, hard-won and strongly protected. At Curtis HS on the island’s north shore, one of the UFT’s six original Community Learning Schools, community is on prominent display.
It was a teeth-chattering, bone-chilling day at the beach for the Federation of Nurses/UFT members who participated in the Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day, an annual tradition that dates back to 1903.
I teach technology and social studies to students in pre-K through 5th grade at PS 369 in the Bronx. It’s a high-needs neighborhood — there are homeless shelters nearby and there’s a large immigrant population. I have bilingual students and special education students in my classes.
Eleanor Terry has a contagioius enthusiasm for math. The Brooklyn high school teacher assigns math projects relevant to students' lives and interests, from conducting voter exit polls to calculating potential college loan payments.
Feature stories | December 19, 2013 >>
Twenty-six high schools in New York City are part of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, which receives state waivers exempting students from nearly all Regents exams. The exemption means more than an absence of tests, say teachers and administrators. It changes everything.
It isn’t every day that ghouls, witches and the Bride of Frankenstein come together at the UFT, but they did on Sunday, Oct. 27, when UFT members and staff in the Bronx transformed their borough office for the ninth straight year into a Halloween horror show for the enjoyment of kids and parents alike.
Shari Rothfeld, a District 75 high school at In-Tech Academy in the Bronx, was only 31 years when she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in October, 2012. When Rothfeld’s colleagues found out that she would need to miss many days of work for treatment, they stepped up to donate their sick days.
It could be a scene from any one of countless neighborhood delis or lunch counters across the city, but the employees here are 12 students in the culinary arts program located at PS 177 in Fresh Meadows, Queens, a K-12 school in District 75 for special-needs students.
Feature stories | October 17, 2013 >>
Scientists can tell us all about how dominant and recessive genes determine the color of our eyes, but they haven’t yet isolated the teaching gene. To accomplish that, they need to focus on the three members of a teaching family at Brooklyn’s PS 335 who carry that dominant gene.
Feature stories | October 17, 2013 >>
Professional musicians and performers from Rosie’s Theater Kids introduce students from PS 34 in the East Village to American musical theater by teaching them the dance routines and songs of the genre. The program begins with the class trip to see Matilda.
Feature stories | September 26, 2013 >>
How they set the groundwork for another successful school year