Feature stories

Feature stories | December 4, 2014 >>

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.


Feature stories | December 4, 2014 >>

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.

Feature stories | December 4, 2014 >>

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. 


Feature stories | December 4, 2014 >>

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.

Feature stories | November 6, 2014 >>

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.

Feature stories | November 6, 2014 >>

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.

Feature stories | November 6, 2014 >>

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.

Feature stories | October 2, 2014 >>

Looking like a brainiac. I’m very fortunate that I live across the park from school so it only takes me 10 minutes to get there. I arrived at about 7:10 and the first thing I do is turn my computers on. We just got new Macs, so I have an old Dell on my desk as well as a new Mac and a scanner — I look like a brainiac sitting in front of my computers.

Feature stories | October 2, 2014 >>

An early start. I got up about 5:30 a.m. and had a cup of coffee right away. On the first day, parents will come in with their children and have questions for the nurse, and sometimes they get there earlier than me. So I like to get in a little earlier than usual to see what’s going on.

Feature stories | October 2, 2014 >>

Familiar faces. This year I’m a one-to-one paraprofessional in a general education classroom. I had worked with my student the year before so I was already familiar with him and was really looking forward to seeing him again. It was exciting thinking about the new school year and how he might grow this year. When we saw each other, he had a bright smile on his face — it felt really good.

Feature stories | October 2, 2014 >>

In their own words, a paraprofessional, a school nurse and a school secretary recount the challenges and rewards of their opening day of school.

Feature stories | October 2, 2014 >>

This summer, two middle school teachers set out on a project to develop their own curriculum about the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 69 years ago.

Feature stories | October 2, 2014 >>

The hallways of Bayside HS in Queens are a big, churning mass of teenage energy. When 34 students file into María del Pilar García’s AP Spanish class, that energy doesn’t disappear. It’s harnessed.

Feature stories | September 4, 2014 >>

Using scavenged castoffs, lots of imagination and plenty of hard work, Brownsville Academy HS students, under the guidance of art teacher Susan Tuthill, transformed the school’s art gallery into a fully furnished, ready-to-occupy studio apartment by the school year’s end.

Feature stories | September 4, 2014 >>

Tottenville HS's solar car club is about more than fun and racing. The skills that students learn prepare them for careers in green technology.

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.

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