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May 4, 2017

What is an American?

What is the definition of “American”? According to Merriam-Webster, an American is “a native or inhabitant of any of the United States.” Unfortunately, too many residents of this country do not define “American” this way.

April 6, 2017

‘Consent education’ can’t be neglected

Our young adults deserve safe and healthy environments within their schools and within their relationships. Raising awareness and educating our students about consent become critical if we are to combat sexual violence.

March 2, 2017

CTE power to the rescue

LIC HS's culinary arts program is an example of how Career and Technical Education programs keep students engaged and interested in school and prepare them for high-skill, high-wage careers and life after high school.

February 2, 2017

Union must step up to protect workers

The new year brings new concerns as right-to-work laws and other anti-worker measures spread across the nation and the threats to our members’ rights multiply.

January 5, 2017

Educating our homeless students

With homelessness at records high in NYC, public school educators are finding creative ways to help students in need without making them feel marginalized.

December 1, 2016

Speaking everyone’s language

The UFT held its first-ever conference focused on teaching English language learners on Oct. 29, but judging from the enthusiasm of the overflow crowd of nearly 800 educators, I am certain it will not be the last.

November 3, 2016

Changing role of the IEP teacher

The centrally funded IEP teacher role has been reenvisioned to focus on identifying and addressing learning issues before students are referred for evaluation.

October 6, 2016

When knowledge is power

The key to knowing the difference between a gripe and a grievance is an understanding of our collective-bargaining agreements. It is only then that we truly know our rights.

September 8, 2016

Learning from current events

We can’t ignore the passions inflamed or the anxiety triggered by this summer’s world and national events for our students. As high school educators, we can provide a safe space for our students to explore these incidents.

July 7, 2016

Safeguarding our union’s legacy

Let’s make sure that when we leave our legacy, the next generation has a clear understanding of what’s important and why, so it can protect that legacy and build on it.

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