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October 2, 2014

Partners in education: teachers and parents

We now have a chancellor who is committed to creating the space for the necessary conversations and teamwork between educators and parents and, thanks to our new contract, we have at least 40 minutes of every school week to devote to parent engagement. So how do we best engage parents as our allies in the education of their children?

September 4, 2014

Rebuilding the parent-school connection

A new pilot initiative this school year has the potential to reinvigorate the parent-school connection that has become frayed in many of our middle schools.

June 26, 2014

The importance of paid sick days

No one should have to go to work while sick. Whether you’re a nurse, a child care provider, a charter school teacher or any other worker, working while sick is bad for you, your family, your colleagues and those you serve.

June 5, 2014

Exploring the possibilities of consortium schools

The schools in the New York Performance Standards Consortium are raising academic standards while endowing students with a lifelong love of learning, all without relentless test prep. Now that is exciting.

May 15, 2014

Fariña’s vision through the prism of special ed

In this column, Vice President for Education Carmen Alvarez share her thoughts on how the chancellor’s vision can be operationalized in the realm of special education.

April 17, 2014

The challenge of reaching all young learners

Educational equity is a topic that is near and dear to early childhood educators. It is a subject that can never be exhausted, because we can always learn more and do more to spur great educational outcomes in all of our students, regardless of where they start their educational journeys.

March 27, 2014

Bronx school’s environmental center another CTE success story

The Energy Environment Research Center, the brainchild of high school science teacher Nathaniel Wight and his students at the Bronx Design and Construction Academy, is just one example of the great work that CTE educators and their students do in their schools every day.

March 6, 2014

Teaching students to become learners

Teachers instinctively know that helping students develop noncognitive skills — such as self-confidence, perseverance, grit and persistence — contributes to their academic success. New research confirms the vital importance of these skills. 


February 6, 2014

Time is ripe to transform our middle schools

The UFT's new vice president for middle schools introduces himself, describes his passion teaching middle school and says there is an opportunity now in the city to transform middle school education.

January 16, 2014

Solidarity — a commitment to stand together

I am honored to represent you, our union’s approximately 40,000 members who are not employed by the DOE, as the UFT’s first-ever vice president for non-DOE members. Although we are called the United Federation of Teachers, we are a union of professionals and encompass far more than just teachers and other DOE employees.

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