April 7, 2016

The power of teacher leadership roles

In a public school system as large and diverse as New York City’s, there is an enormous amount of untapped expertise and creativity among teachers.

March 3, 2016

Our challenge is seeing our role in a broader way

CTE educators face a major challenge: seeing our role in a broader way. We don’t impart only practical skills and knowledge; we also teach math, science, English and the social sciences as we prepare our students for careers. 

February 4, 2016

The union-school connection

These are critical times for all public-sector unions in light of the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court. Perhaps nowhere is occupational mission and the importance of union membership more intertwined than among public school educators.

January 7, 2016

Get your students the services they need

The No. 1 special education issue in schools is pressure to fit students into the programs and services that are available in the school even if the programs and services did not meet the student’s needs.

December 3, 2015

Supporting our new educators

This year, there are 6,000 new teachers throughout the New York City public school system. They need our support in acquiring the tools, resources and strategies they need to be successful.

November 5, 2015

Unify to face Supreme Court threat

Our need for unity has rarely been more important. The U.S. labor movement — including the UFT — is under concerted attack from far-right conservatives who have as their end goal the destruction of unions and the rights we defend.

October 1, 2015

NICE initiative summer boot camps build educators’ expertise

Through the National Industry Certification for Educators, or NICE, initiative, the UFT is providing the professional learning that CTE educators need — and we are doing it ourselves.

September 10, 2015

Education of English learners finally a priority

Chancellor Carmen Fariña has made the education of English language learners a priority. She wants to restore and expand bilingual education.

July 10, 2015

Understanding the whole child

The Positive Learning Collaborative is working with 16 schools to help create classrooms free of bullying, drama and conflict so all children can learn while respecting the humanity of teacher and child. We are already seeing exceptional results. 

June 4, 2015

Two models of innovation and excellence

Our city’s academic high schools are full of creative and innovative teachers committed to providing a varied and rich learning exchange to their students. I was delighted to have the opportunity to recently visit the classrooms of two such teachers.

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