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Feature stories | April 17, 2014 >>

Schuylerville Preparatory HS, a brand-new, unscreened school in the Westchester Square area of the Bronx, offers its predominantly Hispanic students a classical education that the school’s educators hope will hone critical thinking and cultivate students who are able to develop facts into arguments and convey those arguments persuasively and clearly.

News stories | March 27, 2014 >>

The city’s plan to deliver high-quality after-school programs in every middle school in the 2014-2015 school year goes beyond providing a place for a child to get homework assistance, according to a report released by the Mayor’s Office on March 3. The plan envisions an extension of the learning day with art, music, literacy and other programs.

Feature stories | March 27, 2014 >>

Puppies bring out the little kid in everyone, it seems. But one afterschool program is showing that puppies can also awaken something else: leadership and self-confidence in girls. That’s the ambitious agenda of Unleashed at the Clinton MS for Artists and Writers near Hudson Yards in Manhattan.

News stories | March 6, 2014 >>

A 12-year-old autistic boy who went missing on Jan. 30 before arriving at his Queens school was found because of the quick detective work of school staff.

Around the UFT | March 6, 2014 >>

When the teachers, staff and parents of PS 69 in Jackson Heights learned about the typhoon in the Philippines in November, they sprung into action. The total donated to the UFT Disaster Relief Fund: $4,742.

Feature stories | March 6, 2014 >>

In Helen Chan’s full-day prekindergarten classroom at the Children’s Workshop School in the East Village, as in any high-quality pre-K program, learning and play are deeply intertwined. Through a curriculum that combines early academic skills with social, emotional and physical learning activities, pre-K helps children build the knowledge they’ll need for kindergarten.

Around the UFT | February 6, 2014 >>

With colorful costumes and poised performances, students at PS 203 in Oakland Gardens, Queens, welcomed in the Year of the Horse at the school’s annual Lunar New Year celebration on Jan. 24.

Around the UFT | February 6, 2014 >>

More than 100 staff members of PS 45 in Staten Island attended a meeting on Jan. 27 with the staff of the Institute for Understanding Behavior, a consortium of the New York City Department of Education and the UFT.

Feature stories | January 16, 2014 >>

On Staten Island, community is tightly woven, hard-won and strongly protected. At Curtis HS on the island’s north shore, one of the UFT’s six original Community Learning Schools, community is on prominent display.

Around the UFT | January 16, 2014 >>

Students at PS 123 in Brooklyn were not happy about the conditions in the basement of their 100-year-old building, where they spend their recess and lunch time.

Feature stories | January 16, 2014 >>

I teach technology and social studies to students in pre-K through 5th grade at PS 369 in the Bronx. It’s a high-needs neighborhood — there are homeless shelters nearby and there’s a large immigrant population. I have bilingual students and special education students in my classes.

Around the UFT | January 16, 2014 >>

MS 224 in the Bronx is known as the Science School for Exploration and Discovery.

Feature stories | January 16, 2014 >>

Eleanor Terry has a contagioius enthusiasm for math. The Brooklyn high school teacher assigns math projects relevant to students' lives and interests, from conducting voter exit polls to calculating potential college loan payments.

News stories | December 19, 2013 >>

It’s no trifle cooking an $8,000 white truffle, but the students and staff at Manhattan’s Food and Finance HS were up to the challenge.

Feature stories | December 19, 2013 >>

Twenty-six high schools in New York City are part of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, which receives state waivers exempting students from nearly all Regents exams. The exemption means more than an absence of tests, say teachers and administrators. It changes everything.

News stories | December 19, 2013 >>

Bryan Stromer, then a senior at the NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies in Chelsea, had a brainstorm: What if they could get students to embrace their differences — the very things that may have been the cause of teasing throughout their lives? From that seed, the anti-bullying campaign Own It! was born.

Around the UFT | December 19, 2013 >>

Forty teachers at Midwood HS in Brooklyn rallied on behalf of one of their former colleagues on Nov. 27 by volunteering to have mouth swabs taken in search of a bone marrow match.

Around the UFT | December 19, 2013 >>

At the launch of a partnership between District 23 and Brookdale Hospital, 77 students from PS 156 and IS 392 in Brooklyn received dental examinations.

News stories | November 14, 2013 >>

Walk through the hallways at PS/MS 105 in Far Rockaway and you would never suspect that anything terrible had happened here. Yet just one year ago, this large K-8 school was among the hardest-hit by Hurricane Sandy and is still, in fact, in the process of rebuilding from the storm.

Around the UFT | November 14, 2013 >>

Flowers bloomed and spirits brightened on Oct. 26 at PS 197 in Far Rockaway, where students, families and staff teamed up with Chelsea Clinton and the Clinton Foundation to breathe much-needed life back into the school grounds after Hurricane Sandy tore through the neighborhood last year.

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