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Feature stories | January 3, 2019 >>
For many low-income workers, the most formidable barrier to higher-paying, more stable jobs is the cost of a college education. That barrier is scaled by the UFT Paraprofessional Chapter’s career ladder, officially called the Career Training Program, a benefit fought for and won by the UFT in the first DOE-UFT paraprofessional contract in 1969.
Q & A on the issues | January 3, 2019 >>
In 2016, the New York State Board of Regents adopted standards that require certain teachers and paraprofessionals to collect and track professional learning credits called Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours. The following Q&A will help you learn more about how to fulfill your CTLE requirements.
Around the UFT | January 3, 2019 >>
The UFT Teacher Center’s Dec. 1 citywide arts conference, entitled “The Artistic Processes: Creating, Presenting, Responding and Connecting,” gave participants an opportunity to flex their own creative muscles.
Editorials | January 3, 2019 >>
The site coordinator at a new UFT Teacher Center in the Bronx recently told the New York Teacher about the time she stepped out of the center soon after it opened and “almost teared up” when she returned to find at least 10 educators helping each other in her absence.
News stories | December 6, 2018 >>
“This event and this room is for everybody,” said a beaming Silverio Pacifico, the instructional coach at the new UFT Teacher Center at PS 211 in the Bronx, as he raised an apple-cider toast to colleagues for their hard work preparing for the Nov. 14 grand opening.
Feature stories | December 6, 2018 >>
Like most educators in professional development sessions, teachers at PS 249 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, discuss theories and best practices. But at PS 249, teachers also get a unique opportunity to test out the strategies they learn on students right away.
Around the UFT | November 1, 2018 >>
More than 500 educators attended "cELLebration," the third annual UFT Conference on Effective Instruction for English Language Learners.
Feature stories | November 1, 2018 >>
MS 35 is located on MacDonough Street in Bedford Stuyvesant and is known affectionately by the school community as the “The Miracle on MacDonough.” Its Teacher Center opened in September 2017, and the school has thrived over the past year thanks in part to Teacher Center initiatives.
Chapter leader shoutout | July 5, 2018 >>
This year’s opening of a UFT Teacher Center at Hillcrest HS — where the school’s 240 educators now can earn CTLE hours at on-site workshops and gather for professional conversation and collaboration — may be the most celebrated achievement in Chapter Leader Michael Ferruso’s efforts to rebuild his chapter.
Linking to learning | July 5, 2018 >>
While online technology courses are convenient, face-to-face opportunities are still important. Meeting and establishing connections with colleagues can help build community and allow for networking and camaraderie — outcomes not easily achieved when communicating over a screen.
News stories | February 1, 2018 >>
The UFT’s LearnUFT program, which offers members a low-cost opportunity to participate in professional learning while earning Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours, has now fully expanded to the union’s five borough offices.
News | January 29, 2018 >>
LearnUFT courses are available at the UFT's Queens borough office in February.
Feature stories | January 4, 2018 >>
Coordinator Teresa Devore has worked tirelessly to make the Teacher Center at John Dewey HS a place where teachers can come for advice, resources and support. She focuses in particular on newer teachers, who make up about a third of Dewey’s teaching staff.
News stories | June 1, 2017 >>
Educators explored a wide range of learning tools and classroom practices at eight interactive workshops at the UFT’s Spring Education Conference.
Around the UFT | May 4, 2017 >>
Teacher Center reopens at Transit Tech Career and Technical HS in Brooklyn.
Around the UFT | April 6, 2017 >>
Teacher leaders from the city’s 96 renewal schools gathered on March 13 to showcase what they do and to learn from each other at a busy day of workshops organized by the UFT Teacher Center in collaboration with the DOE.
News stories | April 6, 2017 >>
The theme of the UFT’s 10th annual Early Childhood Education Conference on March 11 was “Full STEAM Ahead!” encompassing science, technology, engineering, art and math for the youngest learners.
News stories | March 2, 2017 >>
What if a geography lesson was like playing a murder mystery game? That’s one of the workshops offered at this year’s UFT Middle Schools conference.
Info you should know | November 3, 2016 >>
During the five-year period starting on July 1, 2016, professionally certified teachers and Level III certified paraprofessionals are required to collect a total of 100 professional development hours, now called Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours.
News stories | October 6, 2016 >>
The final week of summer was also the first week of their careers for more than a thousand teachers who participated in New Teacher Week from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2. For the second year, the UFT and the city DOE collaborated to organize the event.