Linda Ocasio

UFT staff reporter

Latest stories

Igniting ‘fire that creates love of learning’

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.

Trump budget a ‘nightmare’ for education

President Donald Trump on March 16 took the first step to make good on his campaign promise to shift federal tax dollars from traditional public schools to a “choice” program that promotes charters, private and religious schools.

Portraits of activism

For 8th-graders at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills, lessons in writing, art and social studies have come together in a published book of 25 interviews and portraits of social activists in New York City. 

DeVos squeaks in as education secretary

Betsy DeVos was narrowly approved as education secretary by the Senate following a bruising confirmation process and a deafening public outcry over her nomination.

Mapping the way to success

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.

Abducted child rescued

It was a day like no other for DeShawn Woodford, a school security supervisor and UFT member, when she and her driver stopped traffic on the Major Deegan Expressway on Feb. 7 to apprehend a man in an AMBER Alert abduction of his two-year-old daughter.

Everything you need to know about vouchers

Here’s a Q&A to give you the information you’ll need to know when Trump makes his move.

Japanese contingent visits Curtis HS, Staten Island

The UFT’s Community Learning School Initiative, now in 28 schools citywide, is attracting interest internationally. Curtis HS, a community learning school on Staten Island, played host on Jan. 5 to a delegation of 10 educators and seven students from Tokyo and other parts of Japan.

Family para-dise

Sonia Dunkley has been a paraprofessional at PS 9 in the Bronx for 24 years. She loves her job so much that over the years she has told each of her four adult children some version of this: “Try what I’m doing and see if you like it.”

DeVos flunks first test

In a contentious confirmation hearing, Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. education secretary, made clear that she would use her position to promote private and charter schools at the expense of public schools.

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