Feature stories

Feature stories | April 17, 2014 >>

Schuylerville Preparatory HS, a brand-new, unscreened school in the Westchester Square area of the Bronx, offers its predominantly Hispanic students a classical education that the school’s educators hope will hone critical thinking and cultivate students who are able to develop facts into arguments and convey those arguments persuasively and clearly.

Feature stories | April 17, 2014 >>

A pink-clad dynamo of a teacher, Vera Fried inspired students to think differently. They never forgot -- one just put her in his Hollywood movie.

Feature stories | April 17, 2014 >>

Chancellor Carmen Fariña singled out the dual-language program at PS 178 in Washington Heights as a model that should be replicated in more New York City schools.

Feature stories | March 27, 2014 >>

Teachers’ answers to the UFT‘s comprehensive, random-sample survey of their work lives and professional views, conducted just before he left office, show just how low teacher morale has fallen and how grueling teachers’ working conditions have become.

Feature stories | March 27, 2014 >>

In Tom Sangiorgi’s chemistry class at Townsend Harris HS in Flushing, Queens, chemistry isn’t just something students learn — it’s something they experience.

Feature stories | March 27, 2014 >>

With hands covering their eyes and appeals for “no peeking” and “don’t ruin the surprise,” 1st-graders from PS 62 in Richmond Hill shrieked with glee when they opened their classroom door and found brightly colored tables and chairs instead of their dreary, old, scratched desks.

Feature stories | March 27, 2014 >>

We sign a check, address a letter or leave a note and never think twice about the complexity of what we have just done. Yet for some children, handwriting is a skill that may take years to master. Occupational therapists working with these children describe handwriting as one of the most challenging and complex skills to develop.

Feature stories | March 27, 2014 >>

Puppies bring out the little kid in everyone, it seems. But one afterschool program is showing that puppies can also awaken something else: leadership and self-confidence in girls. That’s the ambitious agenda of Unleashed at the Clinton MS for Artists and Writers near Hudson Yards in Manhattan.

Feature stories | March 6, 2014 >>

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.

Feature stories | March 6, 2014 >>

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.

Feature stories | March 6, 2014 >>

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.

Feature stories | February 6, 2014 >>

Third-grade students from PS 117 in Briarwood conclude one writing unit with a celebration of their “published” work at a local bookstore.

Feature stories | February 6, 2014 >>

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.”

Feature stories | February 6, 2014 >>

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.

Feature stories | February 6, 2014 >>

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.

Feature stories | February 6, 2014 >>

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.

Feature stories | January 16, 2014 >>

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.

Feature stories | January 16, 2014 >>

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.

Feature stories | January 16, 2014 >>

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.

Feature stories | January 16, 2014 >>

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.

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