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News stories | December 7, 2017 >>

School custodian Luis Diaz is alive today thanks to the heroic efforts of the Building Response Team at co-located PS 83/182 in East Harlem.


News stories | November 2, 2017 >>

The sight of hallways lined with pink balloons and teachers topped with pink wigs can only mean one thing: It’s Pink Day in public schools.

News stories | November 2, 2017 >>

With hurricane season especially brutal this year, schools around the city stepped up to raise money and collect much-needed supplies for victims in Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

News stories | October 5, 2017 >>

As the 2017 school year got under way on Sept. 7, schoolyards and hallways were filled with tears and cheers, questions and answers, hopes and dreams.

Feature stories | September 7, 2017 >>

Brooklyn 8th-graders learn about the civil rights movement through the story of a Bronx woman who left her mark on segregated Alabama when she was about their age.

Feature stories | September 7, 2017 >>

Melissa Calderon, a paraprofessional and lead teacher assistent at Archer Elementary School in the Bronx, is a shining example of the benefits of the new role for teachers, students and paras.

Feature stories | September 7, 2017 >>

Retired teacher's mini museum charts the history of New York City public schools through his treasured collection of notebooks, photographs, classroom fixtures, wooden desks and other priceless memorabilia.

Around the UFT | July 6, 2017 >>

In a first of its kind event, cooperation between educators and administrators in Brooklyn’s District 21 was showcased as a best practice at a Celebration of Collaboration on June 2.

Around the UFT | July 6, 2017 >>

PS 299 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, held its fifth Multi-Cultural Show on June 2, celebrating the borough’s diversity by exploring and embracing various cultures through music, dance and costume.

Feature stories | July 6, 2017 >>

The recently resurrected robotics team at John Adams HS in Ozone Park, Queens, goes to the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition, learning how to work and play together and gaining valuable STEM skills along the way.

Feature stories | July 6, 2017 >>

They say a farmer’s work is never done, and no one knows this better than the students in the agriculture program at John Bowne HS in Flushing, Queens.

Feature stories | June 1, 2017 >>

Bright blue glow-sticks lit up the evening sky as 800 students, parents and community members circled the PS/MS 124 track in South Ozone Park, Queens at the Light It Up Blue Autism Walk on April 28.

Feature stories | June 1, 2017 >>

District 20, in the southwest corner of Brooklyn organized a month-long celebration of the arts as part of the UFT’s #PublicSchoolProud campaign

Learning curve | June 1, 2017 >>

There’s been a seismic shift in the way teachers approach math instruction over the last few decades. Rote memorization of mathematical algorithms — or so-called “drill and kill” instruction — has given way to experiential learning.


Feature stories | June 1, 2017 >>

For two hours, more than120 students danced, sang and read poems and prose that showcased black achievement at PS/IS 45 in Bushwick.

Around the UFT | June 1, 2017 >>

PS 249 in Flatbush saw its gymnasium transformed into a gallery on May 17 as students, teachers and parents celebrated the school’s ninth annual student art exhibition.

Feature stories | June 1, 2017 >>

Eleven computer science seniors at the Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn have won a national award for an app that connects hungry students at their high schools to local restaurants with food to spare. The problem of hunger is a real one for the Park Slope school, where nearly 80 percent of the students qualify for free lunch. 


News stories | June 1, 2017 >>

Public schools lauded, feted and thanked their teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, which was observed this year from May 8 to 12.

Feature stories | May 4, 2017 >>

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

Testimony | April 25, 2017 >>

The UFT submitted testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding sex education, gifted and talented program information and cultural sensitivity.

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