Feature stories

March 2, 2017

She has authenticity down to a science

Staten Island Technical HS teacher Bianca Brandon, the winner of the Sloan Award for Teaching Science and Mathematics, draws on her experience working for the Chief Medical Examiner's Office to make real-world connections in her forensic science class.

Give peace a chance

The students of PS 208 in East Flatbush marched around the city block, holding handmade signs bearing the words and symbols the children had chosen to communicate their hope for a loving world.

Why did the pre-K students cross the road?

Once a week, four PS 147 pre-K classes cross the street to Brooklyn’s Bushwick Public Library for story hour and a different way to focus on literacy.

February 2, 2017

Family para-dise

Sonia Dunkley has been a paraprofessional at PS 9 in the Bronx for 24 years. She loves her job so much that over the years she has told each of her four adult children some version of this: “Try what I’m doing and see if you like it.”

Transgender educators seek respect, fairness for everyone

Outside the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, the words “boy” and “girl” are carved in stone above two entrances. But for many who pass beneath those signs, gender isn’t that simple.

Holding history in their hands

Students attending a workshop at the Sackler Lab at the American Museum of Natural History get to handle cast skulls, measure them and learn techniques to recognize and classify different ape and hominid species that are part of the evolutionary tree of humankind.

Something to crow about

Costumed students from PS 149 ring in the Year of the Rooster with Chinese dignitaries at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

January 5, 2017

Making spirits bright

Christmas came early for the 112 homeless children who gathered at UFT headquarters on Dec. 10 for the annual UFT/Coalition for the Homeless holiday party. 

World travelers

For two days in November, students at PS 151 in Bushwick, Brooklyn traveled the world without leaving their building.

Full STEAM ahead

Two paraprofessionals have developed a variety of clubs focused on math, engineering and technology to help English language learners and students with disabilities at PS 314 in the Bronx. 

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