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Teacher to teacher | March 7, 2019 >>

Life in a classroom can be chaotic, stressful and unpredictable. I try to set up clear expectations for my pre-K students about how to handle stressful moments.

Teacher to teacher | October 4, 2018 >>

In my pre-K classroom, I strive to strengthen my students’ nonverbal communication skills because understanding facial expressions and gestures allows for communication to be fluid, natural and meaningful. For English language learners, these skills are just as important as listening, speaking, reading and writing English when it comes to acquiring English language skills. 

Teacher to teacher | June 7, 2018 >>

I started to research metacognition in young children because I wanted my students to be aware of their own learning and thinking and take ownership over their own successes.

Vperspective | April 5, 2018 >>

It’s time to get serious about play. That’s the message of our 2018 UFT Early Childhood Education Conference, which is built on research that shows that play is the way young children learn.

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 | October 5, 2017 >>

If you spend a lot each month on child care, or your out-of-pocket spending on health care is burdensome, you may be able to save hundreds of dollars a year in federal and Social Security taxes by enrolling in the city’s Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Program.

Teacher to teacher | May 4, 2017 >>

in my inquiry-based pre-K classroom, I have been experimenting with methods of documentation. By documenting their observations, children can begin to “think like scientists.”

Feature stories | April 6, 2017 >>

When students at the District 20 pre-K site at 58th Street in Brooklyn study transportation, they can look out of their classroom windows and watch the ferries, water taxis and barges make their way past the Statue of Liberty in the New York harbor.

Feature stories | March 2, 2017 >>

The students of PS 208 in East Flatbush marched around the city block, holding handmade signs bearing the words and symbols the children had chosen to communicate their hope for a loving world.

Feature stories | March 2, 2017 >>

Once a week, four PS 147 pre-K classes cross the street to Brooklyn’s Bushwick Public Library for story hour and a different way to focus on literacy.

Teacher to teacher | December 1, 2016 >>

Taking young children outdoors every day is an important and sometimes overlooked part of the early childhood curriculum.

Feature stories | September 8, 2016 >>

At K280 — a pre-K center affiliated with PS 10 — teachers eschew traditional curriculum in favor of the Reggio Emilia approach to education. “This is what kids should be doing, exploring the world through their lens,” says teacher Sandy Fajgier. 

Vperspective | April 2, 2015 >>

This year, with thousands of new preschool slots for children, it’s more important than ever that we make sure our youngest learners develop the love of reading that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. 
That’s why we jumped at the chance to work with the AFT on a pilot program called Transitioning to Kindergarten.

Research shows | March 5, 2015 >>

Participating in high-quality pre-K reduces a child’s likelihood of being diagnosed with certain learning disabilities by 3rd grade by as much as 32 percent, according to new research published in the American Educational Research Association’s journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

Inside my classroom | February 5, 2015 >>

I created this visual praise with incentives graph for my pre-K class.

NY Teacher Article | May 15, 2014 >>

With the proposed UFT contract settlement eliminating many uncertainties, Mayor Bill de Blasio on May 8 presented a balanced executive budget for next year that included significant new funding for arts education and after-school programs.

News stories | April 17, 2014 >>

Legislators passed a new state budget on April 1 that will add more than $400 million in school aid for New York City and provide another $300 million to fund Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promised expansion of full-day prekindergarten to all four-year-olds in the city.

News | April 17, 2014 >>

The deadline to apply for free prekindergarten programs offered by the Department of Education is Wednesday, April 23.

News stories | April 17, 2014 >>

New York City plans to hire thousands more prekindergarten teachers over the next few years. If you currently hold a New York State teaching certificate and are interested in becoming certified to teach pre-K, here’s what you need to know about the process.

Insight | April 17, 2014 >>

Early childhood educators want to see rigorous, high-quality programs. That doesn’t mean they want a little workbook culture — far from it. But it does mean they want to see a huge push on literacy skill-building.

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