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They were dressed to the nines, in satin and sequins and lace at the Provider Appreciation Awards Ceremony on May 13. The only thing that sparkled more than the outfits was their smiles when they spoke about their “kids.”
It was an upbeat day at the union’s annual Spring Education Conference on May 7 where UFT President Michael Mulgrew assured the more than 1,600 educators in attendance that there is “a changing dynamic in our profession.”
New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa pledged “to make teachers part of the solution” moving forward at an education town hall at the UFT’s 2016 Spring Education Conference.
There was something for everyone in the bustling exhibit hall where conference-goers learned about the wide-ranging student projects and programs underway in career and technical education high schools citywide.
The Food Bank for New York City, which each year helps feed more than a million New Yorkers — including thousands of children — was this year’s recipient of the UFT’s John Dewey Award.
Making math accessible to all students, integrated co-teaching strategies and active learning were among the topics that UFT members explored in workshops offered at this year’s UFT Spring Education Conference.
Testifying on the proposed city budget on May 24, UFT President Michael Mulgrew had a simple request: Help us “make this a better city for our children.” He appealed for additional funding for three programs and initiatives he said could accomplish that: Teacher’s Choice, the Positive Learning Collaborative and Community Learning Schools.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged delegates at the May 18 Delegate Assembly to review their school’s needs from a global perspective when considering school-based options for the coming school year.
“We believe the future is working in teams,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew as he gathered with teacher leaders in Brooklyn's District 16.
The success stories of city PROSE schools were featured at an open house at UFT headquarters on May 24 that drew a crowd of citywide school teams hoping to follow in their footsteps.
Being a school secretary often means doing more than handling payroll, supporting the administration, finding substitute teachers and fielding phone calls. For UFT members like Joslie Byrd of the School for Tourism and Hospitality in the Bronx, it means working in different capacities with the students.
The UFT and the Department of Education have announced an agreement that creates a new position that is the beginning of a professional career ladder for the 24,000 paraprofessionals in New York City public schools. The agreement also provides additional support for paraprofessionals wishing to make the transition to teacher.
An emotional battle rages over the proposed co-location of a charter school at IS 285 Meyer Levin School for the Performing Arts.
David Kazansky, the founder of the UFT's anti-bullying campaign, was the surprise honoree at the annual Be BRAVE Against Bullying Conference on May 6.
School nurses from around the city gathered on May 11 for the union’s annual School Nurses Appreciation Dinner to celebrate their work helping students in the New York City public schools.
Debra Penny has been elected as a new trustee on the Teachers’ Retirement Board.
Changes to the city health plan affecting GHI-CBP and HIP in-service members and retirees who are not Medicare eligible take effect on July 1.
“To appreciate,” according to the dictionary, is to recognize the true worth of someone or something, and that’s exactly what 240 UFT family child-care providers received at the 2016 Provider Appreciation Conference on May 21.
Maxine Webb joined 900 other nurses across the state on May 10 in Albany for Nurses Lobby Day to urge state legislators to support a bill establishing safe staffing standards in hospitals and nursing homes.