Feature stories

Feature stories | February 4, 2016 >>

When Allyson Compton’s 12th-grade students enter her classroom at the HS for Environmental Studies in midtown Manhattan, they become United Nations delegates. What's at stake in the day's session isn't just their grades but the political futures of the countries they represent.

Feature stories | February 4, 2016 >>

When the English language learners in Carlos Rosello’s 9th-grade class at El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice study literature, it’s total immersion. They perform scenes from the novel or play they’re reading in class.

Feature stories | February 4, 2016 >>

Skip the trip to the Galapagos Islands. Instead, plan a trip to Brooklyn to visit Dominica Fiume’s zoology lab at IS 96 Seth Low, one of the UFT’s Community Learning Schools.

Feature stories | February 4, 2016 >>

A new math workshop helps upper elementary school students explore the relationship between familiar shapes and the unique architecture of the Morgan Library and Musuem.

Feature stories | January 7, 2016 >>

When that other iconic winter figure — Queen Elsa — glided into the room at the holiday party thrown by the UFT and the Coalition for the Homeless at union headquarters on Dec. 12, children gasped and cheered as if they had just seen Santa Claus himself.

Feature stories | January 7, 2016 >>

As part of the union’s Passion and Promise in Our Public Schools campaign, teachers, students and parents thank educators who have inspired them, guided them and changed their lives

Feature stories | January 7, 2016 >>

City educators are wagering that a writing program first used at New Dorp HS on Staten Island can produce notable literacy gains among the many high-needs students at Flushing and 13 other struggling high schools in the city’s School Renewal Program.

Feature stories | January 7, 2016 >>

Elizabeth Bonney is willing to try many things to figure out what will help the students in her self-contained special education class at PS 88 in Ridgewood learn — including a monthly visit from Sammy, a therapy dog.

Feature stories | December 3, 2015 >>

The UFT members at Booker T. Washington MS on the Upper West Side have found their voices and discovered new avenues to make them heard with the help of the UFT's new chapter advocacy program.


Feature stories | December 3, 2015 >>

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, 5th-grade teacher Beth Reed at the Brooklyn Arbor School has prepared the lesson: stuffed acorn squash.


Feature stories | December 3, 2015 >>

Dreamyard Preparatory School in the South Bronx opened in 2006, one of six small high schools that opened when the Bloomberg administration closed William Howard Taft HS. Nine years later, this arts-oriented high school is now facing the threat of state receivership. 
The common denominator between the old school and the new is the kind of students it serves.

Feature stories | December 3, 2015 >>

UFT’s five parent conferences, held in each borough in the fall, have a common theme: strengthening the connection between home and school. These five parents share what they most enjoyed, what they will bring back to their school communities and what they can apply to their own family lives from this year’s conferences.

Feature stories | December 3, 2015 >>

Joseph Marschhauser and Norman Ringle have been dear friends for decades. They attended library school together and today both work as librarians at New Utrecht HS in Bensonhurst. Now they have one more thing in common: Marschhauser gave Ringle one of his kidneys.

Feature stories | December 3, 2015 >>

The decibel level was off the charts as 150 children from homeless shelters across the city celebrated Thanksgiving at UFT headquarters on Saturday, Nov. 21, before heading home with new winter jackets, scarves, hats and gloves donated by members and others.

Feature stories | November 5, 2015 >>

Twice each year — for one day in the fall and a week every spring — the students at Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School officially make like their school’s namesake and dedicate themselves to various forms of community service.

Feature stories | November 5, 2015 >>

Teachers at Lyons Community School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn maximize the benefits of their 6-12 school with PROSE.

Feature stories | November 5, 2015 >>

Karen Miller knows what to do when one of her 22 kindergarten students at PS 15 on the Lower East Side comes in sleepy. “I let the child take a nap,” she says. A hungry child can grab a “Breakfast to Go” bag from the cafeteria if he arrives late.

Feature stories | November 5, 2015 >>

The 1st-graders from PS 166 in Astoria played in the dirt, squished the loamy soil through their fingers and grabbed handfuls of gravel as they set about creating individual terrariums.
The fun was all part of a class trip to the Voelker Orth Museum, a bird sanctuary and Victorian home and garden in Flushing.


Feature stories | October 1, 2015 >>

Open School Night on Sept. 17 took place both inside and outside PS 19 in Corona, Queens. Inside, parents met with teachers; outdoors in the yard, there were raffles, dance exhibitions and information booths — the school’s first-ever Community Learning School fair.

Feature stories | October 1, 2015 >>

It’s completely still until dance teacher Michael Kerr, from MS 443 in Sunset Park, strikes the drum and suddenly everyone is in motion. The 6th-grade girls twirl and bend while the boys tentatively reach and arch. 


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