Feature stories

Feature stories | June 2, 2016 >>

Thanks to your union membership, you have a secure job you can count on.
 You cannot lose your job at management's whim.

Feature stories | June 2, 2016 >>

"‘Hamilton’ showed us that history is not all about when someone was born and when they died,” said student Kerryann Moreno, whose U.S. history class attended a free matinee performance of the Broadway powerhouse. “There’s always a story behind it.”


Feature stories | June 2, 2016 >>

The first and only SOLE lab in North America launched in October 2014 at PS 197 in Harlem, where each class goes once a week to the lab in six-week cycles. In the lab, students gather in groups to answer a guiding question of their choice under researcher Natalia Arredondo’s supervision. 

Feature stories | June 2, 2016 >>

There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but when it comes to streams on the eastern seaboard, there aren’t enough trout in the ecosystem. That’s where the 6th-graders of JHS 278 in Marine Park come in.


Feature stories | June 2, 2016 >>

From ice cream socials to balloons to superhero costumes, UFT members around the city found unique ways to commemorate the first citywide celebration of public schools on May 4.

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 >>

You have a contract that defines and defends your rights. Workers without a union have no such protections.

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 >>

Everyone who works hard should have a dignified nd secure retirement. And yet the average U.S. worker, without the backing of a union, faces great uncertainty.

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.”


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