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December 1, 2016

Speaking everyone’s language

The UFT held its first-ever conference focused on teaching English language learners on Oct. 29, but judging from the enthusiasm of the overflow crowd of nearly 800 educators, I am certain it will not be the last.

November 3, 2016

Changing role of the IEP teacher

The centrally funded IEP teacher role has been reenvisioned to focus on identifying and addressing learning issues before students are referred for evaluation.

October 6, 2016

When knowledge is power

The key to knowing the difference between a gripe and a grievance is an understanding of our collective-bargaining agreements. It is only then that we truly know our rights.

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.

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