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News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

The final week of summer was also the first week of their careers for more than a thousand teachers who participated in New Teacher Week from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2. For the second year, the UFT and the city DOE collaborated to organize the event.


News stories | October 6, 2016 >>
News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

Are you a new teacher looking for proven lesson plans? Are you a veteran educator looking for creative ways to reach students or eager to share your own innovative techniques? Check out the Share My Lesson website.


News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

A majority of new teachers in New York City public schools are satisfied with their teaching experience and plan to continue in their careers, a UFT survey reveals. A significant minority, however, has had a tough time and may leave the profession.

News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

Here are some key points to help teachers prepare for their Initial Planning Conference with their supervisor.

News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

Teacher Union Day, which takes place this year on Sunday, Nov. 6, is a day to honor the inspiring past leaders and celebrate the present leaders who continue in their footsteps.

News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

The UFT is intent this year on adding teeth to a pair of key provisions from the 2014 contract: to reduce excessive paperwork and to make sure the Department of Education provides all educators in core subjects with appropriate curriculum.


News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

Success Acadmy founder Eva Moskowitz demands more public school classroom space, yet a review of public records by the UFT indicates hundreds of seats at her schools remain empty every year as kids leave -- or are pushed out -- and are not replaced.

News stories | September 8, 2016 >>

Students in grades 3-8 in every school district in New York City improved on the state’s Common Core English Language Arts test in 2016, matching the performance of their peers in the rest of the state for the first time.

News stories | September 8, 2016 >>

The UFT sharply criticized state regulations that left the Department of Education little choice but to re-staff six schools that have been deemed “out of time” by the state because they failed to substantively improve after three or more years of intensive support.

News stories | September 8, 2016 >>

The UFT sharply criticized the Department of Education for announcing a ban on suspensions of students in kindergarten through 2nd grade without having a clear citywide plan to address the needs of young students with behavioral problems.

News stories | September 8, 2016 >>

The DOE announced on Aug. 2 that only four New York City public schools appeared on the state’s 2016 list of Persistently Dangerous Schools.


News stories | September 8, 2016 >>

Robert Jackson has had a storied career as a community leader, public school advocate and City Council member. Now he’s running to represent the 31st District in the state Senate. Jackson is one of the candidates that the UFT has endorsed through its state affiliate, NYSUT, in New York’s primary elections on Sept. 13.

News stories | August 4, 2016 >>

When Russell White is confronted by hostile student behavior that threatens to disrupt the classroom, the last thing he wants to do is add fuel to the fire by responding in anger.

News stories | August 4, 2016 >>

“We’re stronger when every child has the chance to live up to his or her potential, and public education gives our kids that chance,’’ Hillary Clinton told the more than 3,000 delegates, including a UFT contingent, at the AFT convention in Minneapolis on July 18.

News stories | August 4, 2016 >>

The new school year is just around the corner and many teachers are ready to stock up on supplies. This year, educators will have more Teacher’s Choice dollars to spend, and thanks to a new UFT partnership with Yoobi, those dollars can go further.

News stories | August 4, 2016 >>

The American Federation of Teachers has relaunched the Share My Lesson website it helped create four years ago. A prominent new feature of the site is a special UFT section created by and for the local’s members.

News stories | August 4, 2016 >>

Sixteen schools have won approval to join the PROSE program, enabling them to rethink old rules and come up with new ways of managing the school day to enhance student learning, professional development and parent engagement.

News stories | July 7, 2016 >>

Many of the nearly 200 students who received the UFT’s Albert Shanker college scholarships have achieved in spite of challenging personal circumstances. That put them in good company at the 47th annual awards ceremony on June 13.


News stories | July 7, 2016 >>

Hope Shing credits Stacy Blair, her French teacher at Essex Street Academy in Manhattan, with helping her believe she can do anything. “She is passionate about what she does and she encouraged me to try things to find my passion.”

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