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News briefs | January 4, 2018 >>

A new report, released on Dec. 14 by the Learning Policy Institute, found that academic outcomes for high-poverty schools can be improved if they become community schools.

Around the UFT | January 4, 2018 >>

Excited children packed the auditorium at PS 196 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to learn about their school’s new hand-painted piano, donated by Sing for Hope, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 17. 

Press releases | December 20, 2017 >>

Children at PS 192 in Manhattan will have access next fall to a variety of new academic, health and social service programs as the school becomes the 29th to join the UFT's Community Learning Schools Initiative.

News stories | November 2, 2017 >>

With hurricane season especially brutal this year, schools around the city stepped up to raise money and collect much-needed supplies for victims in Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Feature stories | October 5, 2017 >>

Meet a school counselor, a community school director and a 2nd-grade special education teacher as they kick off the new school year.

Feature stories | October 5, 2017 >>

Allison Brown’s job is to help coordinate the school’s access to resources and partnerships that address our students’ needs. She got the ball rolling on opening day.

News stories | July 6, 2017 >>

Teacher’s Choice received a 63.5 percent increase in the final city budget, passed on June 6, bringing funding for the City Council’s popular program that reimburses educators for out-of-pocket spending on classroom supplies back up to its pre-recession high of more than $20 million.

News stories | June 1, 2017 >>

The UFT’s legislative breakfast on May 18 provided a forum for union leaders to make the case to 35 City Council members for city funding for the union’s education programs and initiatives.

News stories | June 1, 2017 >>

Mayor Bill de Blasio, joined by UFT President Michael Mulgrew, has announced that 69 additional schools will enter the city’s community schools program in September.

Around the UFT | June 1, 2017 >>

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of a new school-based health clinic on May 11 at the Community Health Academy of the Heights, one of the UFT’s 28 Community Learning Schools.

Around the UFT | May 4, 2017 >>

“From four-year-olds to grandmothers, they learned in the morning, got into teams, decided what service could be provided or problem solved, made an app, honed their presentations and presented on stage to judges,” says Community School Director Kate Thomas of the hackathon at Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School in Brownsville.

Around the UFT | March 2, 2017 >>

Sometimes it’s easier to solve problems when you collaborate. Four UFT community learning schools in the Bronx are doing just that.

Around the UFT | February 2, 2017 >>

The UFT’s Community Learning School Initiative, now in 28 schools citywide, is attracting interest internationally. Curtis HS, a community learning school on Staten Island, played host on Jan. 5 to a delegation of 10 educators and seven students from Tokyo and other parts of Japan.

Around the UFT | December 1, 2016 >>

“Nothing is as exciting to kids as a new pencil,” says Karen Rost, the chapter leader at PS 59, a UFT Community Learning School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

The UFT’s Community Learning Schools Initiative is reporting academic gains with the schools that have been part of the four-year-old initiative the longest showing the most improvement. The Community Health Academy of the Heights in Manhattan is a prime example.

Press releases | September 7, 2016 >>

The UFT began its Community Learning Schools Initiative in 2012 as a way to help schools overcome the academic, social and emotional barriers that poverty creates for too many New York City students. Four years later, UFT Community Learning Schools (CLS) are helping students succeed, with the schools in the CLS initiative the longest showing the most academic growth.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

When Gotham Professional Arts Academy resource coordinator Allison Brown learned that the nonprofit Rebuilding Together NYC organizes corporate volunteer days to help renovate low-income homes and schools throughout the city, she knew the perfect recipient: her own high school.

News stories | July 7, 2016 >>

A 27.5 percent increase in funding for Teacher’s Choice, the UFT’s top budget priority, was secured for the 2016-2017 fiscal year after an intense lobbying campaign by members on social media and by union leaders at Council meetings and hearings.

News stories | June 2, 2016 >>

Testifying on the proposed city budget on May 24, UFT President Michael Mulgrew had a simple request: Help us “make this a better city for our children.” He appealed for additional funding for three programs and initiatives he said could accomplish that: Teacher’s Choice, the Positive Learning Collaborative and Community Learning Schools.

Research shows | June 2, 2016 >>

Providing immigrant children, including those who are English language learners, with services and supports through a community school program raises student achievement in both math and reading, according to new research.

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