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News stories | October 6, 2016 >>
The UFT on Sept. 23 launched a new TV ad celebrating the dedication and commitment of New York City educators. The ad, which aired on major broadcast and cable stations in the metropolitan New York area, points out that in these turbulent times, public school educators stay rock steady, forming the bedrock of school communities and helping students achieve success now and throughout their lives.
Feature stories | October 6, 2016 >>
Some wore ear-to-ear smiles, hugging friends and teachers and sharing stories of summer adventures. freedom from homework and brown-bag lunches. Some laughed, others cried. Some were waiting as the doors swung open and others barely cleared the threshold before the late bell.
Everything in Yvon Milien’s architecture class at the Brooklyn School for Career Development in Brooklyn is designed and constructed by his students, from the landscapes to the buildings to the miniature artwork inside small-scale models.
It’s a Broadway hit with great music that speaks to contemporary ideas of equality and justice — no, not “Hamilton,” but “The Pajama Game.” At PS 100 in Brighton Beach, fifth-graders performed the musical under the direction of the music teacher and the dance teacher, who formed a dynamic tag team.
Family comes in many forms. And many sizes. Trishana Brown, a 19-year-old high school senior, has one that’s as big as a school community.
Feature stories | June 2, 2016 >>
"‘Hamilton’ showed us that history is not all about when someone was born and when they died,” said student Kerryann Moreno, whose U.S. history class attended a free matinee performance of the Broadway powerhouse. “There’s always a story behind it.”
Feature stories | June 2, 2016 >>
There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but when it comes to streams on the eastern seaboard, there aren’t enough trout in the ecosystem. That’s where the 6th-graders of JHS 278 in Marine Park come in.
Boxing was a savior for Femi Guri growing up in war-torn Kosovo. Now 27 and a physical education teacher at PS 65 in the South Bronx, he believes that boxing could be a savior for his students.
Working together, 3rd- through 5th-grade chefs at the afternoon family cooking class at PS 37 in Springfield Gardens turned out delicious fish tacos, fluffy brown rice and a crunchy red cabbage salad that tasted as good as it looked.
Since becoming a UFT Community Learning School in 2014, PS 1 in Chinatown has been able to deepen its connections with community organizations and launch new ones, all in the name of supporting students and families inside and outside the classroom.
A clutch of students from PS 143 in Corona were hunting for microscopic creatures that inhabit the Hudson River, the river into which they will soon be launching their handmade, 10-foot rowboat.
The Flying Dragons, a team of English language learners from Lower East Side Prep coached by Henry Ruan, are slaying the opposition in computer robotics competitions.
Around the UFT | April 7, 2016 >>
Lots of serious teaching and testing can, on occasion, silence the silly and stifle small spirits at Bronx Little School.
Eyes twinkled behind colorful bejeweled masks as PS 297 students danced the night away on March 11 at the Star Ball. It was a special night touched with magic.
Wesly Toussaint is Michael Liegey’s mentor and a fellow history teacher at Metropolitan Diploma Plus HS, a transfer high school in Brownsville. It's a partnership that is enriching to both.
The archery team at the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism in Brooklyn won last year's state championship under the guidance of coach Udi Hazan.
“I feel like I’m making dancers,’’ dance teacher Rashamella Cumbo says of her 4th-graders, most of whom she has taught since kindergarten, at PS 191 near Lincoln Center. But by all accounts, she’s doing much more.
New state regulations governing English language instruction inspired the UFT with the support of the UFT Teacher Center and the District 20 superintendent to create the model, which was launched this year in five District 20 schools that were struggling to support their English language learners.
At Scholars’ Academy in Far Rockaway, the teachers have transformed their traditional sports-based gym program into a fitness model that incorporates the use of iPads.
Feature stories | February 4, 2016 >>
When Allyson Compton’s 12th-grade students enter her classroom at the HS for Environmental Studies in midtown Manhattan, they become United Nations delegates. What's at stake in the day's session isn't just their grades but the political futures of the countries they represent.