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early childhood education

Feature stories | July 5, 2018 >>

Science teacher Travis Sloane’s conception of science is “phenomenon-based.” Rather than exploring scientific ideas in isolation, students at PS 267 on the Upper East Side start out by observing real-world phenomena. 
“They look at things that happen on the planet on a regular basis and ask why,” Sloane says. “Then, they conduct investigations and explorations. They’re asking questions to find answers, like real scientists.”


News stories | April 5, 2018 >>

All play has a purpose, author Kristi Mraz told 600 educators at the UFT’s 11th annual Early Childhood Conference on March 17. They began the day at union headquarters in Manhattan by tossing a beach ball around the audience and then settled in for workshops to support the day's theme of “Ready, set, grow!”

Vperspective | April 5, 2018 >>

It’s time to get serious about play. That’s the message of our 2018 UFT Early Childhood Education Conference, which is built on research that shows that play is the way young children learn.

Inside my classroom | April 5, 2018 >>

My 1st-grade English as a new language students create rhyme patterns to mimic Dr. Seuss.

News stories | October 5, 2017 >>

If you spend a lot each month on child care, or your out-of-pocket spending on health care is burdensome, you may be able to save hundreds of dollars a year in federal and Social Security taxes by enrolling in the city’s Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Program.

News stories | October 5, 2017 >>

Parents, shocked by high turnover and minimal wages at their daughter’s Brooklyn preschool went to bat for the beleaguered workers. Now, the UFT is trying to negotiate a first contract.

News stories | June 1, 2017 >>

Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed an ambitious expansion of his popular prekindergarten program to all 3-year-old children in New York City. 


Testimony | May 23, 2017 >>

UFT Assistant Secretary LeRoy Barr testified before the New York State Senate Committee on Children and Families, the Assembly Committee on Children and Families and the Assembly Legislative Task Force on Women’s Issues regarding the creation of a child care availability task force.

Feature stories | May 4, 2017 >>

A Bronx pair perfects the art of co-teaching. What makes their partnership successful?

Teacher to teacher | May 4, 2017 >>

in my inquiry-based pre-K classroom, I have been experimenting with methods of documentation. By documenting their observations, children can begin to “think like scientists.”

Research shows | May 4, 2017 >>

New nationwide studies published in Educational Researcher found that children entering kindergarten and first grade have significantly better academic skills than similar students had 15 to 20 years ago.

Feature stories | April 6, 2017 >>

When students at the District 20 pre-K site at 58th Street in Brooklyn study transportation, they can look out of their classroom windows and watch the ferries, water taxis and barges make their way past the Statue of Liberty in the New York harbor.

News stories | April 6, 2017 >>

The theme of the UFT’s 10th annual Early Childhood Education Conference on March 11 was “Full STEAM Ahead!” encompassing science, technology, engineering, art and math for the youngest learners.

Inside my classroom | April 6, 2017 >>

To align with our social studies lesson on maps and directions, my students and I created a map of our neighborhood.

Feature stories | March 2, 2017 >>

Once a week, four PS 147 pre-K classes cross the street to Brooklyn’s Bushwick Public Library for story hour and a different way to focus on literacy.


Vperspective | January 5, 2017 >>

With homelessness at records high in NYC, public school educators are finding creative ways to help students in need without making them feel marginalized.

Feature stories | September 8, 2016 >>

At K280 — a pre-K center affiliated with PS 10 — teachers eschew traditional curriculum in favor of the Reggio Emilia approach to education. “This is what kids should be doing, exploring the world through their lens,” says teacher Sandy Fajgier. 


News stories | September 8, 2016 >>

The UFT sharply criticized the Department of Education for announcing a ban on suspensions of students in kindergarten through 2nd grade without having a clear citywide plan to address the needs of young students with behavioral problems.

Vperspective | June 2, 2016 >>

Did you know that elementary education is actually the ideal time to introduce students to STEM?

News stories | April 7, 2016 >>

Lissette Rosario didn’t mince words: “I needed this,” she said at the conclusion of a workshop on getting young students involved in class discussions.

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