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Vperspective | March 6, 2014 >>
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.
Vperspective | February 6, 2014 >>
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.
Vperspective | January 16, 2014 >>
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.
Vperspective | December 19, 2013 >>
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.
Vperspective | November 14, 2013 >>
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.
Vperspective | October 17, 2013 >>
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.
Vperspective | September 26, 2013 >>
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.
Vperspective | September 5, 2013 >>
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.
Vperspective | June 27, 2013 >>
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.
Vperspective | June 13, 2013 >>
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.
Vperspective | May 30, 2013 >>
For any organization to be successful, stability in its workforce, management and philosophy is essential. This is true whether it’s a business, a sports team or a school.
Vperspective | May 16, 2013 >>
The community schools model, which we learned about from our colleagues in Cincinnati, Ohio, is up and running in six pilot schools in New York City. It’s a common-sense approach for the common good, and one that I firmly believe will reduce the barriers to education.
Vperspective | May 2, 2013 >>
The way that the special education reform has been implemented at the school level has hijacked good decision-making for students with disabilities. As high season for annual reviews approaches, now is the time to make sure that the students you serve have strong IEPs with solid program and service recommendations.
Vperspective | April 11, 2013 >>
As high school teachers, we witness our young black and Latino men grappling with external pressures and struggling in school. Will high school really make the difference in their lives? Is it relevant? Many of our students don’t believe so; all too often they concede to low expectations. The Expanded Success Initiative was created to address this challenge.
Vperspective | March 21, 2013 >>
The word on the educational street is evaluation and there are some teachers don’t like the sound of it, some teachers who shun the word, others approach it very cautiously.
Vperspective | February 28, 2013 >>
In New York City, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a margin of 6 to 1. So why haven’t we had a Democratic mayor in more than 20 years?
Vperspective | February 14, 2013 >>
It used to be that when we spoke out about the paths to success that career and technical education opens for all students, and the pitfalls that await if they aren’t job-ready, we stood alone. Now we have allies in business and higher education, and many in the Department of Education, too.
Vperspective | January 31, 2013 >>
The world is unfortunately filled with stress and, much as we would like to shield young children from it, there is no magic wand. This past fall, we shared the trauma inflicted by Hurricane Sandy, which devastated some of our school communities and affected everyone throughout the area in one way or another.
Vperspective | January 17, 2013 >>
The SESIS arbitration decision and award is a great victory and a much-needed boost in a very difficult year. But while the union took the grievance to arbitration, it was you, the members, who made it a success.
Vperspective | December 20, 2012 >>
High school is my spot — it was where I found my inspiration to teach and where the seeds of leadership took root and began to grow. When I reflect on high school at its best, I think of Mr. Larsen, the social studies teacher at my midsized academic high school on Long Island. He piqued our intellectual curiosity and prepared us for higher education.