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Cara Metz

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Beautiful in Blue

Educators from District 75 sites throughout the city wore blue on April 11 to bring awareness to autism spectrum disorders and Down syndrome and to advocate for acceptance, understanding and inclusion for their students.

Embracing students’ right to play

All play has a purpose, author Kristi Mraz told 600 educators at the UFT’s 11th annual Early Childhood Conference on March 17. They began the day at union headquarters in Manhattan by tossing a beach ball around the audience and then settled in for workshops to support the day's theme of “Ready, set, grow!”

Celebrate and learn at Spring Conference

Registration is open for the UFT Spring Education Conference — the union’s signature education event of the year — on Saturday, May 19, at the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan.

True love

Thousands of UFT members at schools across the city wore the color on Valentine’s Day to show their love for their union.

As union members, ‘you can make a difference’

Giving nurses a voice in decisions that affect patient care was a major theme at the 2017 Professional Issues Conference of the Federation of Nurses/UFT, held on Nov. 17 and 18.

Colleagues support literacy coach through transplant

Forty UFT members, friends and family walked alongside Allison Hayden, a literacy coach and UFT Teacher Center site coordinator at PS 178 in the Bronx, for the 5K New York City Kidney Walk on Nov. 12, just as they had been there for her when she discovered a year ago that she had kidney disease and needed a transplant.

Hats off to Queens school

Hold on to your hats! Students at PS 55 in Queens designed creative head coverings and held a hat parade to raise more than $600 for Heavenly Hats, an organization that helps cancer patients by providing them with wigs, scarves, hats and other head gear.

Honoring commitment and public school pride

Teacher Union Day, which takes place this year on Sunday, Nov. 5, commemorates the 1960 strike that put the newly formed UFT on the path to being the activist organization it is today.

Building collaborative schools in Brooklyn

In a first of its kind event, cooperation between educators and administrators in Brooklyn’s District 21 was showcased as a best practice at a Celebration of Collaboration on June 2.

‘The best-kept secret’

High school students are sent to Brooklyn East Alternate Learning Center for instruction after they have committed an infraction that results in an out-of-school suspension. The school is serious about meeting their academic and social-emotional needs.

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