New teacher articles

August 13, 2009

Staying informed

Where can you go to find news and information that affect you and your teaching career? Two good places to start are the union’s Web site,, and its biweekly newspaper, the New York Teacher.

New teachers grow their skills at UFT Summer Series

Scores of new teachers accepted the UFT’s invitation to its 2009 Summer Series, designed to bring teachers in their first three years on the job together and to introduce them to the city’s local treasures, in this case the four borough botanical gardens.

UFT Teacher Center helps teachers help kids

The UFT Teacher Center models the kind of professional development programs that deepen teachers’ content knowledge, enhance their pedagogical skills and enable them to become the best teachers they can be at every stage in their careers.

June 29, 2009

‘The UFT reps have my back’
From discussing unionism to how many cups of coffee it takes to fill out Individualized Education Programs, there was a lot of information sharing and camaraderie at a lively informal meeting of new teachers at the UFT Brooklyn office.

June 4, 2009

Year-end evaluations: what they mean to you
For most newer teachers, the “Annual Professional Performance Review” — better known as the year-end evaluation — is nothing to worry about.
Maintain professional files at home
Taking the steps to set up such files early in your career will save you time and aggravation at those moments, throughout your teaching life, when you need to submit records to qualify for credentials, extra pay and other benefits.

May 7, 2009

Still have state requirements to fulfill?

Even if you are facing imminent deadlines, you may be able to fulfill your state certification requirements in the weeks ahead.

January 22, 2009

Especially for high school teachers

High schools with semi-annual reorganization face a few special situations at this time of year. Here are some things to keep in mind as you transition from the fall to the spring semester.

October 9, 2008

This union works with parents

The union’s award-winning Dial-A-Teacher program offers homework help to students and parents. With more than 1 million calls, it has become a national model for homework help.

Open School Week: Time to reach out to parents

If you are looking to strengthen the home-school partnership, you’ll have a good opportunity soon.

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