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Rachel Nobel

UFT staff reporter

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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. 

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.”


Special delivery

After months of intense negotiations and a public campaign by UFT members, the union and the Department of Education have reached an agreement that will provide paid parental leave for UFT members.

Winning ‘our fight together’

In May 2017, Emily James, a mother of two and a teacher at Brooklyn Preparatory HS, decided to publish a petition on Change.org calling on the UFT and the DOE to implement a paid parental leave policy. In just a few months, James’ petition garnered more than 80,000 signatures and thrust the UFT’s efforts to negotiate a parental leave policy into the spotlight.

Teachers redo science scope and sequence

The city DOE’s scope and sequence for science in prekindergarten through grade 5 has been overhauled for the 2018–19 school year, thanks to the efforts of NYC science teachers. A team of 24 science teachers from across the city spent nearly a year working collaboratively on weekends to update the scope and sequence to align with the new state science standards.

Joining the ‘maker movement’

PS 15 in Manhattan is one of a growing number of schools that are dedicating spaces for students to design, build, experiment and explore.

City’s ‘gender bias’ blocks paid parental leave

UFT President Michael Mulgrew on April 30 slammed the city’s reluctance to extend paid parental leave to UFT members as “clear gender bias.”

Building resilience in students

Your students are dealing with challenges and complex emotions outside the classroom that can affect their learning. IIf you can think of these issues as opportunities to help your students build resilience, you can begin to establish a classroom environment that supports your students’ social and emotional needs as well as their academic ones.

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