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Feature stories | September 21, 2016 >>
How 3 educators set the groundwork for another successful school year.
At K280 — a pre-K center affiliated with PS 10 — teachers eschew traditional curriculum in favor of the Reggio Emilia approach to education. “This is what kids should be doing, exploring the world through their lens,” says teacher Sandy Fajgier.
In Angela Fremont's art class at PS 69 in Borough Park, Brooklyn, art, social studies, literacy and science are knitted together.
There was a red carpet, a barbecue and a DJ. Most of all, there was love as four youngsters “stepped up” on Aug. 5 from UFT member and family child care provider Regina Carlton’s Little Lions Early Learn Academy in East New York, Brooklyn.
To find the buried treasure, take the path from Camp I through the shortcut under the water — but be sure to avoid the zombies and the place where you trip on seashells.
I went to Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day, which is a Catholic event that’s held every two to three years where youth from all over the world congregate with the Pope. It’s inspiring to see so many nationalities that share the same faith.
Everything in Yvon Milien’s architecture class at the Brooklyn School for Career Development in Brooklyn is designed and constructed by his students, from the landscapes to the buildings to the miniature artwork inside small-scale models.
The UFT and its partners have distributed more than a quarter of a million free books to New York City children in need through First Book over the past three years.
It’s a Broadway hit with great music that speaks to contemporary ideas of equality and justice — no, not “Hamilton,” but “The Pajama Game.” At PS 100 in Brighton Beach, fifth-graders performed the musical under the direction of the music teacher and the dance teacher, who formed a dynamic tag team.
I ran into a boy who was my student in grade 2 at the UFT’s Thanksgiving meal for homeless students. When I decided to volunteer for the luncheon, I never expected to end up crying. My former student and I recognized each other right away, and he didn’t leave my side all day. It all hit home for me when I saw him there. How sad I was to see him and his family going through a housing crisis.
The outdoor garden at East Village Community School is a magical place, and for several hours each week, it becomes an outdoor classroom for pre-K, kindergarten and 1st-grade students.
Family comes in many forms. And many sizes. Trishana Brown, a 19-year-old high school senior, has one that’s as big as a school community.
Thanks to your union membership, you have a secure job you can count on. You cannot lose your job at management's whim.
"‘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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.