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Around the UFT | July 6, 2017 >>

The annual Hillcrest HS Spring Festival featured art, music, dance and a parade of elephants — all of them papier-mâché, created by teams of students, for a display called “The Elephant Walk.”

Feature stories | June 1, 2017 >>

Meditation program reaping benefits for students and staff at Bronx HS for Law and Community Service.

News stories | June 1, 2017 >>

Townsend Harris HS, a top-performing Queens school and Banana Kelly HS, a struggling school in the South Bronx, stood side by side as Team High School Award winners at the UFT’s 2017 Academic High Schools Awards Celebration.


News stories | May 4, 2017 >>

Educators, parents and colleagues from a neighboring school gathered in the school library at the Cultural Academy for the Arts and Sciences in East Flatbush, Brooklyn on April 4 to send postcards alerting New Yorkers to vote no to a state constitutional convention when it comes before them on the November ballot.

Around the UFT | April 6, 2017 >>

About 55 7th-graders from neighboring middle schools have been spending busy Saturday mornings at the test-prep program initiated and led by Brooklyn Latin HS teachers to encourage and prepare local students for the challenging entrance exam required for admission

Feature stories | March 2, 2017 >>

Staten Island Technical HS teacher Bianca Brandon, the winner of the Sloan Award for Teaching Science and Mathematics, draws on her experience working for the Chief Medical Examiner's Office to make real-world connections in her forensic science class.

Feature stories | January 5, 2017 >>

Brooklyn Latin HS's growing reputation as a classical international baccalaureate school since its founding in 2006 has made it more difficult for neighborhood students to gain admission. The school is now using the PROSE program to try to reverse that trend.

News | November 30, 2016 >>

With the presidential election behind us and a new president preparing to take office, we don’t know what will change. What we do know is that the future of America does not depend only on the person who sleeps in the master bedroom in the White House. Our nation's future also depends upon dedicated professionals working to bestow the skills, knowledge and confidence in their students, which transforms students into powerful, informed citizens.We know that our commitment to each other, our profession and public education will ensure our city and nation thrive.

Feature stories | October 6, 2016 >>

"I bring the ‘real world’ into my classroom so that students can engage in literacy practices that define their daily lives and future careers,” says Alex Corbitt, a fourth-year teacher at MS 331 in Morris Heights.


News | September 19, 2016 >>

Welcome back from a well-deserved summer break. We enter classrooms and offices to greet our students and help them sort out the division, violence and suffering extant in our city and country. We have the same questions they do, of course. While this set of circumstances is new, the challenges we face are not. Fortunately for us, the things that will bring us power, opportunity and harmony are the same ingredients that make for great unionism.

News stories | July 7, 2016 >>

Many of the nearly 200 students who received the UFT’s Albert Shanker college scholarships have achieved in spite of challenging personal circumstances. That put them in good company at the 47th annual awards ceremony on June 13.


News stories | July 7, 2016 >>

Hope Shing credits Stacy Blair, her French teacher at Essex Street Academy in Manhattan, with helping her believe she can do anything. “She is passionate about what she does and she encouraged me to try things to find my passion.”

News stories | July 7, 2016 >>

Mariah Henry hadn’t seen Paul Turner since she was his middle school English teacher. But she made an impact on his life and he hasn’t forgotten.

Editorials | July 7, 2016 >>

Some of the best high schools in New York City are deficient when it comes to enrolling black and Latino students.

News | June 25, 2016 >>

As educators, we must remember that we are the driving catalyst of our schools. By being organized and unified, we will successfully promote our profession and better working conditions. We will also continue to see student performance improve as we work hard to ensure that our school communities obtain the resources they need and deserve.

News | May 16, 2016 >>

UFT elections, our Academic High School Awards, Open Market Transfer, the Build-a-Better School Contest and upcoming meetings.

News stories | May 5, 2016 >>

Hundreds of supporters cheered and applauded as the UFT paid tribute to outstanding high school educators, union activists and school communities at the union’s second annual Academic High School Awards Recognition Ceremony on April 15.


News | March 30, 2016 >>

Learn more about our Union Loud and Proud campaign, the Academic HS Awards Recognition Ceremony, the UFT's Labor Seder, a high school programming workshop, SBOs and upcoming meetings.

News | February 26, 2016 >>

Learn about the Union Loud and Proud campaign, an upcoming conversation with Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha, our Academic High School Awards Recognition Ceremony, special education and IEP implementation responsibilities, free curriculum resources for teachers, our High School Electronic Media Committee and a student contest for future labor leaders.

Feature stories | February 4, 2016 >>

When Allyson Compton’s 12th-grade students enter her classroom at the HS for Environmental Studies in midtown Manhattan, they become United Nations delegates. What's at stake in the day's session isn't just their grades but the political futures of the countries they represent.

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