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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.

Feature stories | February 4, 2016 >>

Skip the trip to the Galapagos Islands. Instead, plan a trip to Brooklyn to visit Dominica Fiume’s zoology lab at IS 96 Seth Low, one of the UFT’s Community Learning Schools.

Around the UFT | February 4, 2016 >>

Their dance performance at Passages Academy's holiday extravaganza was the latest reason that guidance counselor Adrienne Pritchett-Dames was proud of her nine girls, who come from juvenile detention centers. "They are much, much more than their mistakes," she said.

Feature stories | January 7, 2016 >>

City educators are wagering that a writing program first used at New Dorp HS on Staten Island can produce notable literacy gains among the many high-needs students at Flushing and 13 other struggling high schools in the city’s School Renewal Program.

Around the UFT | January 7, 2016 >>

Soni Persaud stepped into the gym at PS 191 in Floral Park, Queens, on Dec. 2 and was astonished by the eerie sight of some 70 “wax” figures arrayed before her.

Around the UFT | January 7, 2016 >>

PS 349 Chapter Leader Farrah Padro found herself getting choked up as she presided over the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new building her school shares with MS 358 and Q277, a District 75 school.

Feature stories | December 3, 2015 >>

The UFT members at Booker T. Washington MS on the Upper West Side have found their voices and discovered new avenues to make them heard with the help of the UFT's new chapter advocacy program.


Feature stories | December 3, 2015 >>

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, 5th-grade teacher Beth Reed at the Brooklyn Arbor School has prepared the lesson: stuffed acorn squash.


Feature stories | November 5, 2015 >>

Twice each year — for one day in the fall and a week every spring — the students at Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School officially make like their school’s namesake and dedicate themselves to various forms of community service.

Around the UFT | November 5, 2015 >>

At Dads Take Your Child to School day at Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Arts, 150 parents — mostly fathers and father figures — and their teenagers listened to poetry, music and a motivational speaker, while enjoying breakfast and precious time together.

Feature stories | November 5, 2015 >>

Teachers at Lyons Community School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn maximize the benefits of their 6-12 school with PROSE.

Feature stories | November 5, 2015 >>

Karen Miller knows what to do when one of her 22 kindergarten students at PS 15 on the Lower East Side comes in sleepy. “I let the child take a nap,” she says. A hungry child can grab a “Breakfast to Go” bag from the cafeteria if he arrives late.

News stories | October 1, 2015 >>

With smiling faces, loaded backpacks and high hopes for the year ahead, students across the city headed back to school on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

News stories | October 1, 2015 >>

Three New York City public schools received $6,500 each to put toward a project as winners of the Build a Better School contest sponsored by the UFT and its partners.

Around the UFT | September 10, 2015 >>

The 1.2-acre cracked asphalt lot adjacent to CS 300 in the Tremont section of the Bronx has been transformed into a state-of-the-art playground for the 1,200 students who share the four-school campus.

Comments | July 10, 2015 >>

Marie Jane Faderan’s pragmatic plan to become a doctor may be DOA, a casualty of her newly discovered passion for painting.

News stories | July 10, 2015 >>

Teachers may be starting to feel more optimistic and in control of their professional lives following a decade of unrelenting assault under former Mayor Bloomberg, according to the UFT’s second annual survey of the city’s public school teachers. 


Around the UFT | July 10, 2015 >>

It’s all “hakuna matata” — “no worries” — at PS 346 in Brooklyn, where a “pride” of around 50 students in grades 3 to 5 performed an abridged version of Disney’s hit musical “The Lion King” on May 29.

Around the UFT | July 10, 2015 >>

Students, alumni and teachers both current and past celebrated the 100th anniversary of PS 94 in Little Neck, Queens, on May 29.

Feature stories | July 10, 2015 >>

After an in-depth study of the Holocaust, 10th-graders at the HS of Art and Design poured their hearts out to Elie Wiesel in letters. Their words so touched Wiesel that he wrote back to them just a few weeks later.

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