Feature stories

Feature stories | May 5, 2016 >>

Boxing was a savior for Femi Guri growing up in war-torn Kosovo. Now 27 and a physical education teacher at PS 65 in the South Bronx, he believes that boxing could be a savior for his students.

Feature stories | May 5, 2016 >>

Working together, 3rd- through 5th-grade chefs at the afternoon family cooking class at PS 37 in Springfield Gardens turned out delicious fish tacos, fluffy brown rice and a crunchy red cabbage salad that tasted as good as it looked.

Feature stories | May 5, 2016 >>

Since becoming a UFT Community Learning School in 2014, PS 1 in Chinatown has been able to deepen its connections with community organizations and launch new ones, all in the name of supporting students and families inside and outside the classroom.

Feature stories | May 5, 2016 >>

A clutch of students from PS 143 in Corona were hunting for microscopic creatures that inhabit the Hudson River, the river into which they will soon be launching their handmade, 10-foot rowboat.

Feature stories | April 7, 2016 >>

The Flying Dragons, a team of English language learners from Lower East Side Prep coached by Henry Ruan, are slaying the opposition in computer robotics competitions.

Feature stories | April 7, 2016 >>

Even after a Jan. 12 blaze gutted his Bronx apartment, his family members escaping with only the clothes on their backs and landing in a Harlem homeless shelter, custodian Ralph Nelson reported to work at his Flushing middle school, just as he had for 39 years.

Feature stories | April 7, 2016 >>

Last school year, our principal at the time was requiring every teacher to give a “Do Now” assignment in each class, then to collect, grade and upload those assignments to an online records system every day.

Feature stories | April 7, 2016 >>

Eyes twinkled behind colorful bejeweled masks as PS 297 students danced the night away on March 11 at the Star Ball. It was a special night touched with magic.

Feature stories | April 7, 2016 >>

Wesly Toussaint is Michael Liegey’s mentor and a fellow history teacher at Metropolitan Diploma Plus HS, a transfer high school in Brownsville. It's a partnership that is enriching to both.

Feature stories | March 3, 2016 >>

I wake up at peace every morning knowing my future is secure because I have a UFT pension and benefits.

Feature stories | March 3, 2016 >>

The archery team at the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism in Brooklyn won last year's state championship under the guidance of coach Udi Hazan.

Feature stories | March 3, 2016 >>

“I feel like I’m making dancers,’’ dance teacher Rashamella Cumbo says of her 4th-graders, most of whom she has taught since kindergarten, at PS 191 near Lincoln Center. But by all accounts, she’s doing much more. 


Feature stories | March 3, 2016 >>

For Patricia Ginestri, it meant the difference between isolation and support. For Cassandra St. Felix, it meant getting her job back. And for Gloria Winograd, it meant life-saving health benefits as she tackled Stage 4 cancer. Read their stories and more.

Feature stories | March 3, 2016 >>

New state regulations governing English language instruction inspired the UFT with the support of the UFT Teacher Center and the District 20 superintendent to create the model, which was launched this year in five District 20 schools that were struggling to support their English language learners.

Feature stories | March 3, 2016 >>

Of the approach that Lincoln HS in Coney Island takes to professional learning, UFT Teacher Center coach Wayne Gagnon says, “We believe the teachers are the gold that we’re mining.”


Feature stories | March 3, 2016 >>

At Scholars’ Academy in Far Rockaway, the teachers have transformed their traditional sports-based gym program into a fitness model that incorporates the use of iPads.

Feature stories | February 4, 2016 >>

When Allyson Compton’s 12th-grade students enter her classroom at the HS for Environmental Studies in midtown Manhattan, they become United Nations delegates. What's at stake in the day's session isn't just their grades but the political futures of the countries they represent.

Feature stories | February 4, 2016 >>

When the English language learners in Carlos Rosello’s 9th-grade class at El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice study literature, it’s total immersion. They perform scenes from the novel or play they’re reading in class.

Feature stories | February 4, 2016 >>

Skip the trip to the Galapagos Islands. Instead, plan a trip to Brooklyn to visit Dominica Fiume’s zoology lab at IS 96 Seth Low, one of the UFT’s Community Learning Schools.

Feature stories | February 4, 2016 >>

A new math workshop helps upper elementary school students explore the relationship between familiar shapes and the unique architecture of the Morgan Library and Museum.

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