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News stories | January 8, 2015 >>

The New York Public Library’s MyLibrary program delivers class sets of the same book and collections of age-appropriate books on a single topic — all for free — to 550 participating schools in all five boroughs.

Feature stories | January 8, 2015 >>

“The IUB has helped all of us get to know the children at a more human level,” says Christine Chavez, the principal of PS 45 on Staten Island. “We’re establishing routines and procedures to look at the child in an academic and a social way.” That level of commitment and focus has made PS 45 a model of what can be achieved by participating in the Institute for Understanding Behavior program. 


Feature stories | January 8, 2015 >>

Writing weakness is common in middle school, but what the School of Integrated Learning is doing about it is not. With the support of PROSE, math and ELA teachers combine forces, share classrooms and co-develop curriculum to help their students become better writers.

Around the UFT | January 8, 2015 >>

School custodian Bill Post was determined that his union, Local 891, would grant the students at PS 188 in Coney Island the kind of holiday that all kids deserve. Each year, the union chooses a needy school and throws a party for its students. This year, the gifts came to PS 188, one of the UFT's Community Learning Schools.

News | December 17, 2014 >>

Know your rights about lesson plans and consultation committees; the middle school division's Thanksgiving luncheon and annual conference; cancel your subscription to Time Magazine.

Inside my classroom | December 4, 2014 >>

The Histogram wall in my social studies classroom is a play on Instagram.

Feature stories | December 4, 2014 >>

Four new teacher leadership positions were made possible by a federal Teacher Incentive Fund grant that supports a career-ladder initiative now operating in 77 high-needs middle schools across the city.


Around the UFT | December 4, 2014 >>

Everyone at PS 196 in the Bronx took part in raising an extraordinary $8,000 in the school’s third annual Cancer Walkathon on Oct. 22.

Feature stories | December 4, 2014 >>

Emma Lazarus HS on the Lower East Side has drawn national attention for its stunning success in teaching English language learners from low-income families. Teachers give students the scaffolding they need to master English at the same time that they tackle difficult high school subjects.

News stories | November 6, 2014 >>

In front of a packed auditorium of students and teachers at Cardozo on Oct. 23, Ron Naclerio, the school's longtime basketball coach, met for the first time Martin Luther King III, the son of the man his father had saved.

Feature stories | November 6, 2014 >>

It’s not often that city kids calmly kneel before flowers and count bees and wasps. But the 21 students in Diane Corrigan’s 1st-grade class at PS 179 in Kensington did just that on a class trip to the Gateway National Recreation Area on Jamaica Bay in Queens on Oct. 9.

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.

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