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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.

June 2, 2016

STEAM subjects and early learners

Did you know that elementary education is actually the ideal time to introduce students to STEM?

May 5, 2016

Removing barriers between policy & practice

When the complex, new state regulations governing English language learner instruction caused such turmoil in New York City public schools this fall, I set about immediately to create a working group of classroom teachers to examine the issues and offer solutions.

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.

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