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Feature stories | October 2, 2014 >>

Looking like a brainiac. I’m very fortunate that I live across the park from school so it only takes me 10 minutes to get there. I arrived at about 7:10 and the first thing I do is turn my computers on. We just got new Macs, so I have an old Dell on my desk as well as a new Mac and a scanner — I look like a brainiac sitting in front of my computers.

Feature stories | October 2, 2014 >>

An early start. I got up about 5:30 a.m. and had a cup of coffee right away. On the first day, parents will come in with their children and have questions for the nurse, and sometimes they get there earlier than me. So I like to get in a little earlier than usual to see what’s going on.

Feature stories | September 4, 2014 >>

Using scavenged castoffs, lots of imagination and plenty of hard work, Brownsville Academy HS students, under the guidance of art teacher Susan Tuthill, transformed the school’s art gallery into a fully furnished, ready-to-occupy studio apartment by the school year’s end.

Labor spotlight | September 4, 2014 >>

Campbell Brown is now the face of the campaign to eliminate due process rights for teachers. No one knows for sure who is funding her new organization, the Partnership for Educational Justice, but a portrait is starting to emerge based on Brown’s alliances with right-wing billionaires and political operatives intent on privatizing public education.

Feature stories | September 4, 2014 >>

Tottenville HS's solar car club is about more than fun and racing. The skills that students learn prepare them for careers in green technology.

News | August 7, 2014 >>

More than 60 schools have gotten the green light to innovate on such things as school schedules, student-teacher ratios or teacher evaluations under a new initiative established by the UFT contract.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew, joined by state lawmakers, announced new bipartisan state legislation to increase the diversity of the student body at the city’s eight specialized high schools by not basing admissions exclusively on the performance of an entrance exam.

Around the UFT | June 26, 2014 >>

From a Puerto Rican salsa to an African step dance, cultures around the world were represented at the annual multicultural celebration at PS 299 in Bushwick.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

No one is more acutely aware of the need to change the admissions process to the city’s eight specialized high schools than the educators who work in them.

Feature stories | June 26, 2014 >>

The Safe and Caring program at PS 88 in Ridgewood is helping foster social and emotional development in the students.

Feature stories | June 26, 2014 >>

Thanks to a dynamic physical education teacher and support from the nonprofit running organization New York Road Runners, the Mighty Milers of PS 164 have collectively run almost 36,000 miles since September.

Feature stories | June 26, 2014 >>

In courtyards, in backyards and on rooftops, hundreds of school gardens are in bloom. Tens of thousands of city children are planting seeds and helping them grown into flowers and plants that please the eye, build good health and bring color to schoolyards and communities everywhere.

Feature stories | June 5, 2014 >>

Learning in a 4th-grade class and an 8th-grade math class in two Bensonhurst schools has been transformed by 3D computers.

Around the UFT | June 5, 2014 >>

They didn’t have 80 days, so the students and staff at IS 126 in Astoria went around the world in an evening.

Feature stories | June 5, 2014 >>

PS 30 in East Harlem does not have the shiny frills of Success Academy, which is co-located in its building, but it has strengthened its community with the help of the UFT community learning schools grant, new partners and programs like reading nights.

Around the UFT | June 5, 2014 >>

The mariachi band played, the student chorus sang and the guests danced at PS 95 in Jamaica on May 9 as the school celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Feature stories | June 5, 2014 >>

Members of the Science Olympiad team at JHS 194 in Whitestone, which took home a 2nd-place trophy in this year’s citywide competition, go in depth and research a topic all year.

Around the UFT | June 5, 2014 >>

“We have never felt so appreciated!” Chapter Leader Nancy Wagner was speaking of herself and her PS 71, Ridgewood, colleagues, who enjoyed a week of daily surprises arranged by Principal Indiana Soto throughout Teacher Appreciation Week.

Around the UFT | May 15, 2014 >>

Union leaders joined with educators, parents, students, community leaders and politicians on May 2 to celebrate the success of Long Island City HS students who won five scholarships to the top culinary arts programs of their choice.

Feature stories | May 15, 2014 >>

After an accident he suffered seven years ago left him a quadriplegic, Matthew Valente, a graduate of Michael J. Petrides HS, might have settled for a restricted life in a wheelchair surrounded by sympathetic friends and family. Instead, with the help of his alma mater, he’s fighting back.

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