Feature stories

Feature stories | March 5, 2015 >>

One 5th-grader stopped some boys from another class from teasing his friend. “I know what to do to be a good friend and person,” he explained.

Feature stories | March 5, 2015 >>

Teacher Maria Yang came from China to the East-West School for International Studies for one year thanks to a federal government program. She helped the secondary school develop an AP Chinese course and provide students with a deeper cultural understanding of China – and she learned teaching techniques that she will bring back to China.

Feature stories | February 5, 2015 >>

As a math teacher at International Community HS in the South Bronx, Aristides Julmarx Galdones Uy hears a frequent question from skeptical students: “When am I going to use this in the real world?”


Feature stories | February 5, 2015 >>

Through a combination of research-based programs and targeted intervention strategies, PS 112, a K–2 school in East Harlem, has developed a well-rounded reading curriculum.

Feature stories | February 5, 2015 >>

Forget what you think you know about math: At the National Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan, it’s not something you work on with pencil and paper.

Feature stories | February 5, 2015 >>

Theater teacher Lynn Manuell’s theater program for students with autism was narrowly saved from elimination last year when the growth of a Success Academy charter school, with which P 811 is co-located, threatened to jettison her classroom space. Manuell fought to preserve what she saw as a class that provides crucial support for students with special needs.

Feature stories | January 8, 2015 >>

“The IUB has helped all of us get to know the children at a more human level,” says Christine Chavez, the principal of PS 45 on Staten Island. “We’re establishing routines and procedures to look at the child in an academic and a social way.” That level of commitment and focus has made PS 45 a model of what can be achieved by participating in the Institute for Understanding Behavior program. 


Feature stories | January 8, 2015 >>

Writing weakness is common in middle school, but what the School of Integrated Learning is doing about it is not. With the support of PROSE, math and ELA teachers combine forces, share classrooms and co-develop curriculum to help their students become better writers.

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.

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