Vperspective | February 4, 2016 >>

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.

Vperspective | January 7, 2016 >>

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.

Vperspective | December 3, 2015 >>

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.

Vperspective | November 5, 2015 >>

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.

Vperspective | October 1, 2015 >>

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.

Vperspective | September 10, 2015 >>

Chancellor Carmen Fariña has made the education of English language learners a priority. She wants to restore and expand bilingual education.

Vperspective | July 10, 2015 >>

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. 

Vperspective | June 4, 2015 >>

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.

Vperspective | May 7, 2015 >>

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. 

Vperspective | April 2, 2015 >>

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.

Vperspective | March 5, 2015 >>

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.

Vperspective | February 5, 2015 >>

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.

Vperspective | January 8, 2015 >>

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.

Vperspective | December 4, 2014 >>

"As long as there are students at this school, we are here to teach them." This is the sentiment echoed by educators at the 15 high schools citywide that are phasing out.

Vperspective | November 6, 2014 >>

Our new contract provides welcome time for professional development, parent engagement and other professional work. Now how best to use it? The ASD Nest program offers a valuable model.

Vperspective | October 2, 2014 >>

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?

Vperspective | September 4, 2014 >>

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.

Vperspective | June 26, 2014 >>

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.

Vperspective | June 5, 2014 >>

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.

Vperspective | May 15, 2014 >>

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.

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