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Rachel Nobel

UFT staff reporter

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Federation of Nurses/UFT Professional Issues Conference

“How are we going to translate today’s learning and our collective power into making a difference on behalf of the people we serve?” asked Anne Goldman, the UFT’s vice president for non-DOE members, at the 2018 Professional Issues Conference of the Federation of Nurses/UFT on Nov. 16.

 

Brooklyn school uses PROSE to enhance PD

Like most educators in professional development sessions, teachers at PS 249 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, discuss theories and best practices. But at PS 249, teachers also get a unique opportunity to test out the strategies they learn on students right away.

Helping students with dyslexia

Researchers estimate that dyslexia affects between 5 and 12 percent of the U.S. population — and as many as 80 percent of students who struggle with reading.

Bringing Native American culture to life

At the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan, history lives behind glass. But on the museum’s lower level, in the imagiNATIONS Activity Center that opened in May 2018, Native American culture comes to life.

Mentors motivate, advise and support

As a new teacher, your colleagues are valuable sources of support as you navigate lesson planning, classroom management and other responsibilities.

Stepping up for labor

More than 1,200 exuberant UFT members turned out in force to show union strength and pride at the city’s Labor Day Parade. 

Report card alternatives

Teachers know that their students are more than just a set of grades. But the DOE’s standard single-page report card doesn’t give them the opportunity to demonstrate it. That’s why some elementary schools have turned to alternative progress reports.

Paid parental leave a godsend for new parents

UFT members planning to have children were excited about the new paid parental leave policy and reassured about what it would mean for their families.

Prepare to succeed this school year

As the school year begins, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to care for yourself as much as you care for your new students.


The ‘wonder’ years

Science teacher Travis Sloane’s conception of science is “phenomenon-based.” Rather than exploring scientific ideas in isolation, students at PS 267 on the Upper East Side start out by observing real-world phenomena. 
“They look at things that happen on the planet on a regular basis and ask why,” Sloane says. “Then, they conduct investigations and explorations. They’re asking questions to find answers, like real scientists.”


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