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.

May 7, 2015

Hope for a more orderly lunchroom

As educators, you know that the cafeteria is, without question, a reflection on the tone and climate of a particular school. The DOE has introduced a pilot school lunch program at a handful of schools across the city this year to try to change the culture of the lunchroom. 

April 2, 2015

Opening the doors to literacy

This year, with thousands of new preschool slots for children, it’s more important than ever that we make sure our youngest learners develop the love of reading that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. 
That’s why we jumped at the chance to work with the AFT on a pilot program called Transitioning to Kindergarten.

March 5, 2015

‘NICE’ initiative for CTE

It has been a truly great year for CTE, and there is more to come. The stars are aligned for us, with support plentiful at the city, state and federal levels. Everyone is looking to CTE.

February 5, 2015

Why we organize

Constantly organizing new members is critical to the health of every union, and the UFT is no exception. Unions must either grow or decline; a union that is not expanding is in trouble.

January 8, 2015

My first book

The Astor Foundation grant to develop and support early childhood literacy will be the perfect partner to our already thriving efforts to nurture childhood literacy via our partnership with the AFT and FirstBook.

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