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Learning curve | April 5, 2018 >>

Physical education is changing. In 2015, the Department of Education announced a multiyear, multimillion dollar initiative known as PE Works, which seeks to transform the concept of gym class from a place where kids pelt each other with dodgeballs to “an important academic subject that teaches students to be physically active, work as a team and set fitness goals that can last a lifetime.”


Feature stories | March 1, 2018 >>

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Betsy DeVos’ appointment on Feb. 7, UFT members across New York City celebrated their public schools during National Public School week Feb. 5-9. Many used the hashtag #PublicSchoolProud on social media to show off pictures of their celebrations.


Feature stories | March 1, 2018 >>

When tragedy struck, one Brooklyn family found out they could count on a school community.

Feature stories | February 1, 2018 >>

Hundreds of families in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, had a chance to stock up on new clothes thanks to a trio of hard-working educators at IS 220 and Primary, an online kids clothing company.

Around the UFT | January 4, 2018 >>

Students learned the value of cultural diversity and respect at a multicultural celebration at the District 20 Pre-K site at Bay 11th Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, on Oct. 26.

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.

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