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Feature stories | May 7, 2015 >>

This school year, with the new time set aside in the UFT-DOE contract for parent engagement, educators at PS 17 in Astoria have been able to take their efforts to the next level.

Feature stories | April 2, 2015 >>

Having students learn to swim is a foundation of Samarra Community School, a Spanish/English dual language school that opened in September.

Around the UFT | April 2, 2015 >>

The pre-K through 2nd-grade students at PS 158 in East New York, Brooklyn, had never been to a birthday party quite like the one they attended at their school on March 2 — a celebration of Dr.Seuss’ birthday as part of the annual nationwide Read Across America event.

Feature stories | April 2, 2015 >>

Maribeth Whitehouse, who teaches at IS 190 in the Bronx, draws connections for her students between the Triangle fire and the Happly Land Social Club fire 79 years later. It is just one of the many ways that public school teachers have found to teach the Triangle fire to their students.

Around the UFT | March 5, 2015 >>

For the past 12 years, members and friends of the UFT African-American Heritage Committee have gathered to mark Black History Month and to honor those who exemplify the group’s ideals.

Feature stories | March 5, 2015 >>

Teacher Maria Yang came from China to the East-West School for International Studies for one year thanks to a federal government program. She helped the secondary school develop an AP Chinese course and provide students with a deeper cultural understanding of China – and she learned teaching techniques that she will bring back to China.

Around the UFT | March 5, 2015 >>

Most of the 900 students at PS/MS 46 hadn’t a clue that the gentle, grandfatherly guy in a baseball cap at their Harlem school was a superstar sports hero.

Feature stories | March 5, 2015 >>

One 5th-grader stopped some boys from another class from teasing his friend. “I know what to do to be a good friend and person,” he explained.

Around the UFT | March 5, 2015 >>

Smiles were a bit brighter on Feb. 6 for 150 students from three schools in Brooklyn’s District 23 who went to the dental clinic for Brookdale University Hospital’s Give Kids a Smile Day.

Around the UFT | March 5, 2015 >>

A packed auditorium of parents, community members and friends cheered on the 12 public school teams from across the city competing in the high-energy step competition at PS/MS 147 in Cambria Heights, Queens.

News stories | January 8, 2015 >>

The MyLibraryNYC program, a partnership of the city's three public library systems, 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.

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