Rachel Nobel

UFT staff reporter

Latest stories

Pride and prejudice

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Betsy DeVos’ appointment on Feb. 7, UFT members across New York City celebrated their public schools during National Public School week Feb. 5-9. Many used the hashtag #PublicSchoolProud on social media to show off pictures of their celebrations.

‘Celebrating great mistakes’

Jason Garofalo, who teaches math at Marble Hill International HS in the Bronx," makes a point of prizing students’ wrong answers. “I want them to be unafraid to make mistakes, because that’s what math is all about,” he says. “The whole process of making mistakes is how we learn.”

LearnUFT offers CTLE courses in 5 boroughs

The UFT’s LearnUFT program, which offers members a low-cost opportunity to participate in professional learning while earning Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours, has now fully expanded to the union’s five borough offices.

Please sit — wherever

Many teachers have been using some form of flexible seating in their classrooms for years. But some teachers have begun to take flexible seating to a whole new level by replacing most or all of the traditional furniture in their classrooms with a host of other options, including wobble seats, floor pillows, crates, lap desks and beanbags.

Water system science secrets revealed

Students at George Westinghouse CTE HS in Brooklyn got up close and personal with New York City’s water supply on a visit to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint

Attaining your professional state certification

Navigating state teacher certification regulations can be confusing to veteran educators, let alone new teachers. Now is a good time to take stock of the progress you’re making toward your professional state certification.

The magical world of words

Alessandra Giuffre takes her students on a magical journey from PS 140 in the Bronx to the world of words, reading them the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and immersing them in wizardry and wonder.

Double victory for Brooklyn school

UFT members, parents and community advocates at PS 335 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn have won a major victory: Not only did they defeat a Department of Education proposal to co-locate a charter elementary school inside their building, but they also successfully advocated for the opening of a new public middle school in the space instead.

New teachers don’t have to go it alone

Coordinator Teresa Devore has worked tirelessly to make the Teacher Center at John Dewey HS a place where teachers can come for advice, resources and support. She focuses in particular on newer teachers, who make up about a third of Dewey’s teaching staff. 

The fight for paid parental leave

Thousands of UFT members have signed up to be part of the campaign urging the city to provide paid parental leave. Many of them shared stories of being forced to return to work just days or weeks after giving birth because of financial considerations that would not allow them to take a longer, unpaid leave.

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