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English language learners

Around the UFT | November 1, 2018 >>

More than 500 educators attended "cELLebration," the third annual UFT Conference on Effective Instruction for English Language Learners.

Around the UFT | November 1, 2018 >>

The UFT co-sponsored a college fair in the Bronx that helped English langugage learners and recent immigrants navigate the college admissions and financial aid process.

Feature stories | October 4, 2018 >>

Alhassan Susso, who teaches global history at the International Community HS in Mott Haven, has been named the 2019 New York State Teacher of the Year. He draws on his own personal history of overcoming challenges to inspire and motivate his immigrant students.

New teacher diaries | July 5, 2018 >>

When we first met in September, BiBi was an entry-level English language learner and I was a new English as a New Language teacher. BiBi, a 5th-grader, was reluctant to learn, to speak a word of English or even to go over the English alphabet. She wanted to hold on to her home language. I totally understand this. Why should a child be stripped of her identity just because she is in another country? 

Inside my classroom | June 7, 2018 >>

We integrated the first languages of English language learners in our 7th-grade literacy unit on poetry in both integrated co-teaching and general education classes.

News | June 1, 2018 >>

Co-teachers in integrated co-teaching classes and English as a new language teachers who provide standalone and/or integrated instruction have the right to file reorganization grievances if they are programmed to have an unreasonable number of class preparations or multiple different rooms in which they teach. Reorganization grievances must be filed within two days of receiving the program through the chapter leader.   

News stories | March 1, 2018 >>

The State Education Department is creating a task force of teachers of English language learners and other stakeholders to assess and address issues surrounding Part 154, the new state regulations governing English language learner instruction. The advisory group is the direct result of a Jan. 23 meeting, organized by UFT Vice President for Education Evelyn DeJesus, which gathered together 40 teachers from the UFT’s English language learner focus group to discuss their concerns with top city and state officials.

News stories | November 2, 2017 >>

More than 1,200 educators turned out for the union's second annual conference on effective instruction for English language learners, a reflection of the pent-up need for quality professional learning opportunities to help this segment of New York City public school students.

New teacher diaries | July 6, 2017 >>

Antonio was a genuine, square-one beginner when I met him in my English as a New Language class in September. He was on time, seated up straight in the front row, smiling. He had been in this country for just weeks and he was clearly ready to learn. But was I ready to teach him?

New teacher profiles | May 4, 2017 >>

Michael Oeckel, a first-year high school math teacher, employs exaggerated hand motions and expressions and gets students out of their seats to illustrate math concepts to his students who don't speak English.

Learning curve | April 6, 2017 >>

Educators at PS 66 in Richmond Hill, Queens are striving to find the balance between encouraging English language learners to preserve their native language abilities and nurturing them in their burgeoning English skills while educating them alongside their native English-speaking peers.

New teacher diaries | March 2, 2017 >>

Do not tell me my students cannot do math — and don’t let me tell myself that, either.

Feature stories | January 5, 2017 >>

In most classrooms, you’ll find one or two teachers. In Alexandra Hernandez’s classroom, there are 16.

Testimony | December 5, 2016 >>

UFT Vice President for Education Evelyn DeJesus testfied before the New York State Assembly Education Committee regarding current and new methods to support and improve the academic success of English language learner students.

Editorials | December 1, 2016 >>

On a bleak night for progressive politics, there were glimmers of hope at the state level. On Nov. 8, California voters, by an overwhelming 73 percent, lifted a 20-year-old ban on bilingual education.

Feature stories | December 1, 2016 >>

Learning Leaders, the largest organization in New York City dedicated to supporting student success through parental and community involvement, has made an imprint on PS 20 in Flushing, Queens.

News stories | December 1, 2016 >>

The first annual conference for educators of English language learners — ELL Raising — on Saturday, Oct. 29 at union headquarters resembled a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly.

Vperspective | December 1, 2016 >>

The UFT held its first-ever conference focused on teaching English language learners on Oct. 29, but judging from the enthusiasm of the overflow crowd of nearly 800 educators, I am certain it will not be the last.

New teacher profiles | September 8, 2016 >>

After seven years of catering to adults who often acted like children, Alison Fox fled the entertainment industry for the classroom, where she teaches actual children. “Real kindergartners are so much nicer and more rewarding to spend time with,” she says.

News stories | June 2, 2016 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged delegates at the May 18 Delegate Assembly to review their school’s needs from a global perspective when considering school-based options for the coming school year.

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