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Linda Ocasio

UFT staff reporter

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Keeping the Dream alive

The Dream Project, a partnership between Sacramento City College and area public schools, is but one example of the sort of educator-led projects that have sprung up across the country to protect and support undocumented children attending public schools.


Chapter that plays together

Cupcakes on the first day of school, a door-decorating contest, a Secret Santa and a free snack cart with water, soda and potato chips. These are among the morale-boosting activities devised by Catherine Sarlo, the chapter leader of IS 10 in Astoria

New contract ratified overwhelmingly

UFT members overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with the city Department of Education that gives members a compounded 7.7 percent pay raise over 43 months, UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced at Teacher Union Day on Nov. 4.

A legacy of passion and commitment

When UFT President Michael Mulgrew introduced Carmen Alvarez, the winner of the Charles Cogen Award at Teacher Union Day, he praised her passion for advocating for special needs children during her 28 years as the UFT vice president for special education.

Celebrating diversity, supporting educators

More than 500 educators attended "cELLebration," the third annual UFT Conference on Effective Instruction for English Language Learners.

'Bronx plan' has bottom-up approach to helping schools

The Bronx plan in the proposed DOE-UFT contract to help schools that face the most challenges will be open to up to 120 schools, not just in the Bronx. These schools will receive additional funds and strategic support to better address the needs of their students.

Four-day school week: yea or nay?

Some 560 school districts nationwide have moved to a four-day school week. The move to pack the same number of instructional hours into four days — principally done to save money — has divided school communities.

‘Without diversity, students live in a bubble’

When Lynn Shon, a STEM teacher at MS 88 in Park Slope, accepted an invitation in 2017 to join the diversity working group in Brooklyn’s District 15 as a teacher representative, she had no idea where it would lead.

Ready to launch

With more than 4,000 new hires entering schools in September, the UFT hosted “Get Ready to Launch” open houses in the five borough offices, plus one at union headquarters for new UFT members who work with special-needs students, during the last week of August.

A Bronx visionary

Alhassan Susso, who teaches global history at the International Community HS in Mott Haven, has been named the 2019 New York State Teacher of the Year. He draws on his own personal history of overcoming challenges to inspire and motivate his immigrant students.

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