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New teacher profiles | April 4, 2019 >>

Maritza Vasquez, a teacher at the Academy for Language and Technology in the Bronx, sees a lot of herself in her 9th-grade immigrant students. She said she’s able to relate “to everything they are feeling” because at one time she felt the same way. “I tell them I was a newcomer myself.”

New teacher articles | March 7, 2019 >>

No matter what grade or subject you teach, there’s a trip destination for you. Here are some tips to help you plan your next field trip.

New teacher diaries | February 7, 2019 >>

I asked my aunt, a former teacher, for her sage advice before I started teaching. Her 40-plus years in education had taught her myriad lessons, many of which she passed on to me. But I still had a lot to learn.

Inside my classroom | February 7, 2019 >>

Before my 9th-grade ELA students read "A Quilt of a Country" by Anna Quindlen, they created personal identity projects.

New teacher articles | January 3, 2019 >>

Gaining tenure is an important milestone for new teachers. There are many steps you can take to prepare for your tenure decision.

Inside my classroom | January 3, 2019 >>

I use my class microphone to engage my students.

New teacher profiles | December 6, 2018 >>

A five-year veteran of Major League Lacrosse, Kieran McArdle is a first-year K–5 physical education teacher at PS 48 in upper Manhattan and the embodiment of what the city’s Department of Education hopes to achieve with PE Works.

Around the UFT | December 6, 2018 >>

New educators in the Bronx’s District 12 had the opportunity to meet each other and their UFT representatives at a meet-and-greet on Oct. 29 at the UFT’s Bronx borough office.

New teacher articles | November 1, 2018 >>

As a new teacher, your colleagues are valuable sources of support as you navigate lesson planning, classroom management and other responsibilities.

News stories | October 4, 2018 >>

With more than 4,000 new hires entering schools in September, the UFT hosted “Get Ready to Launch” open houses in the five borough offices, plus one at union headquarters for new UFT members who work with special-needs students, during the last week of August.

New teacher diaries | October 4, 2018 >>

I couldn’t sleep the night before school. As a third-year teacher and a career changer, I sometimes still can’t believe I’m a special education teacher at the same public high school my daughter once attended.

News stories | September 6, 2018 >>

Hundreds of new teachers will start their school year with up to 50 free books apiece for their classroom, courtesy of the UFT’s book giveaway on Aug. 11.

News stories | September 6, 2018 >>

The UFT extended a welcoming hand to new hires in August as it launched an enrollment drive in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case in June.


New teacher articles | September 6, 2018 >>

As the school year begins, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to care for yourself as much as you care for your new students.


Inside my classroom | September 6, 2018 >>

Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, my classroom door is decorated with my students' dreams of what and who they want to be someday.

Vperspective | September 6, 2018 >>

As in all the Septembers before, thousands of new educators have accepted the challenge to make a difference in the lives of New York City’s public school children.

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 | July 5, 2018 >>

It’s so important to celebrate growth as well as achievement, especially as we work to instill a growth mindset in our kids. This little board is one way I do that.

New teacher articles | June 7, 2018 >>

Your students are dealing with challenges and complex emotions outside the classroom that can affect their learning. IIf you can think of these issues as opportunities to help your students build resilience, you can begin to establish a classroom environment that supports your students’ social and emotional needs as well as their academic ones.

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.

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