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teacher recruitment & retention

News stories | November 1, 2018 >>

A successful UFT pilot program that places teachers from the Absent Teacher Reserve with small groups of students for focused reading instruction will provide more opportunity for ATRs after its inclusion in the DOE-UFT tentative contract agreement.

News | July 11, 2018 >>

The Murphy Institute for Worker Education Leap to Teacher program offers free preparation workshops for New York State teacher certification exams.

Op-Eds | August 15, 2017 >>

Why is the charter lobby pushing a watered-down “instant“ license that would be worthless at any traditional public school and would undermine years of efforts to ensure that teachers are trained and treated as professionals? Because charters don’t want to invest in their teachers.

New teacher q & a | February 8, 2017 >>

The Teachers of Tomorrow Program offers qualified teachers in eligible schools the opportunity to receive awards of up to $3,400 annually for up to four consecutive years.

Testimony | January 24, 2017 >>

UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools and New Member Initative Director Karen Alford testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding teacher recruitment and retention.

News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

A majority of new teachers in New York City public schools are satisfied with their teaching experience and plan to continue in their careers, a UFT survey reveals. A significant minority, however, has had a tough time and may leave the profession.

Press releases | August 12, 2016 >>

Adam Ross, the UFT's general counsel, responded to a Daily News article criticizing the relatively low number of tenured teachers removed from the classroom.

Press releases | July 15, 2016 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the DOE's report on staffing changes at out-of-time schools.

News stories | July 7, 2016 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew said the New York City public school system, with the UFT leading the way, has moved forward further and faster than any school district in the state — but the work isn’t finished.

News stories | February 4, 2016 >>

Teacher departures are once again on the rise after a brief slowdown following the 2008 recession, according to a new UFT analysis of city Department of Education payroll data.

News stories | July 10, 2015 >>

Biology fellows (from left) Cody Gordon, Jaginda Lewis and Neeya Byrd were among the nearly 1,000 members from the 2015 cohort of New York City Teaching Fellows who were welcomed to the city’s public school system at a June 12 event at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford joined Chancellor Carmen Fariña and others in giving advice to the new educators. “Teaching is a calling,” Alford said. “Thanks for joining our ranks. From our Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund, which provides $1 million each year to high school seniors, to assisting teachers in attaining their National Board certification, your union will be with you upholding professionalism and advocating on behalf of our students.”

National education and labor news | April 2, 2015 >>

Enrollment in teacher-training programs across the country is declining.

Editorial cartoons | March 5, 2015 >>
News stories | February 5, 2015 >>

The DOE hired 5,473 new teachers in the 2013-14 school year, the highest number in four years, after hiring plummeted to less than half that number in the 2008-09 school year. In the first three months of the current school year, hiring had already topped 3,750.

National education and labor news | January 8, 2015 >>

Teach for America may miss its recruitment goal for new “corps members” for the next school year by more than 25 percent, according to officials with the organization.

Insight | October 2, 2014 >>

The U.S. teaching force has undergone major changes over the last 25 years. Teachers today are less experienced, more diverse, more female and, unfortunately, more likely to quit.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

Some 950 new members of the New York City Teaching Fellows were welcomed into the teaching profession on June 16 at the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn.

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.

News stories | March 27, 2014 >>

Underscoring the need for raises and better working conditions to be negotiated in the next teachers’ contract, UFT President Michael Mulgrew warned on March 12 that New York City schools were losing thousands of teachers to the surrounding suburbs, which pay more and have lower class sizes and better teaching conditions.

News stories | March 27, 2014 >>

Teachers’ answers to the UFT‘s first comprehensive, random-sample survey of their work lives and professional views, conducted just before he left office, show just how grueling their working conditions became.

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