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.

December 19, 2013

Working for future of city’s high schools

Amid all the upheaval in high schools over the past 12 years, there are success stories that support a different vision. I invite you to consider how the Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School in East Flatbush advances teaching and learning and shared voice.

November 14, 2013

A new model for confronting challenging student behavior

With the encouragement and full support of President Mulgrew, I approached the Department of Education and Cornell University with a proposal to create a consortium to provide schools with a systemic and research-based approach to understanding, assessing and supporting positive student behavior.

October 17, 2013

Stay true to your profession

I’m not against assessments, but we can’t let our efforts targeted toward a test get in the way of igniting that spark of learning in our students. The teachers I meet are staying true to their mission and bringing education to life for their students by adapting the new demands to what they know works.

September 26, 2013

Building the CTE of the future

The UFT will, in partnership with the AFT’s Albert Shanker Institute, be co-hosting a conference that will bring together CTE educators, experts and industry partners on Oct. 10 and 11 to map out our vision for the future of career and technical education.

September 5, 2013

Still fighting for justice & equality

I and thousands of others traveled to Washington D.C. on August 24 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, but we also wanted to remind the nation that the dreams that animated the original marchers — jobs, justice and freedom — are still, 50 years later, just that, dreams for many in our country.

June 27, 2013

Leading with professional learning

Typically, at this time of year the recipe for my final column would contain the usual ingredients: a large measure of looking back on the school year seasoned with a few tablespoons on how to keep one’s pedagogical skills from wilting during the summer months. But the items on the menu for the end of this school year are so varied and full of promise (and challenge) that I am reluctant to even declare this school year will close.

June 13, 2013

Helping to shape the future byteaching code

Girls Who Code is a great idea that will benefit our children, our communities and our economy. But, as its founder Reshma Saujani has said, it won’t succeed if we don’t have enough educators prepared to make it a reality.

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