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special ed

Q & A on the issues | January 25, 2016 >>

The UFT, the DOE and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators crafted this FAQ to help with special education issues.

News | January 22, 2016 >>

The summer calendar has now been posted for Chapter 683, a District 75 program that provides year-round instruction to severely disabled District 75 students.

Feature stories | January 7, 2016 >>

Elizabeth Bonney is willing to try many things to figure out what will help the students in her self-contained special education class at PS 88 in Ridgewood learn — including a monthly visit from Sammy, a therapy dog.

Vperspective | January 7, 2016 >>

The No. 1 special education issue in schools is pressure to fit students into the programs and services that are available in the school even if the programs and services did not meet the student’s needs.

News | December 11, 2015 >>

There is a new computer-based assessment from Dynamic Learning Maps that will be used for Alternate Assessment students in ELA and math in 2016.

Inside my classroom | December 3, 2015 >>

Our students use these self-assessment cards to let us know if they are understanding content or directions or if they need help.

Know your rights | December 3, 2015 >>

Here are some important things to know if you work with students with disabilities.

Chapter news | October 14, 2015 >>

Minutes of the Oct. 14, 2015 consultation meeting of the UFT and NYC Department of Education.

Chapter news | October 1, 2015 >>

Minutes of the Oct. 1, 2015 consultation meeting of the UFT and NYC Department of Education.

Feature stories | September 10, 2015 >>

The workshop at PS 721, a District 75 school in Gravesend, Brooklyn is humming with activity: Students are focused on hammering, painting and gluing at different work stations. They’re building furniture for their new school library: a couch, stools, footrests, even iPad holders and bookstands. Their materials: sturdy cardboard, brown paper bags, grocery store boxes and plastic. 


Chapter news | July 30, 2015 >>

Minutes of the July 30, 2015 consultation meeting of the UFT and NYC Department of Education.

Linking to learning | July 10, 2015 >>

With adaptive technology, customization, and voice and touch controls, iPads have become mainstays in the special education classroom. Here are apps to explore if you are working with students with disabilities.

Around the UFT | June 4, 2015 >>

More than 200 UFT members, their family members and friends gathered at the Astoria Manor in Queens on May 14 for the 10th annual Friends of District 75 awards ceremony.

News stories | June 4, 2015 >>

At the top of the agenda of this 2015 NYSUT assembly was the union’s response to Gov. Cuo-mo’s attack on public education and educators. Four UFT leaders were honored

Feature stories | May 7, 2015 >>

Music teacher Adam Goldberg has created a technology band at PS 177, a District 75 school in Fresh Meadows, where some students play traditional instruments and others play the iPad. Playing music on the iPad provides a unique form of self-expression for special needs students.

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

Literacy rates for students with disabilities are abysmal and better teacher training and evidence-based reading instruction are crucial to improve outcomes, say advocates for students with special needs, who sounded the alarm at an Oct. 28 City Council Committee hearing devoted to special education instruction.


What I do | December 4, 2014 >>

For 10 years, Orcutt has taught students from around the city who are blind or visually impaired strategies for learning and independence. "I tell them my job is to put myself out of a job," she says.


Chapter news | November 25, 2014 >>

We are writing to share important information about changes in the way you will add and remove students from your caseloads and record your "first attend" dates.

Vperspective | November 6, 2014 >>

Our new contract provides welcome time for professional development, parent engagement and other professional work. Now how best to use it? The ASD Nest program offers a valuable model.

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