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Rachel Nobel

UFT staff reporter

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Larissa Loua, 2nd-grade ICT teacher

It was Larissa Loua’s first year in an integrated co-teaching classroom. On opening day, she led a restorative circle to help her students build community and learn how to trust each other — key elements of a Positive Learning Collaborative school.

Allison Brown, community school director

Allison Brown’s job is to help coordinate the school’s access to resources and partnerships that address our students’ needs. She got the ball rolling on opening day.

Steve Burrell, school counselor and chapter leader

For school counselor Steve Burrell, the first day was all about program changes and updating programs. Trying to balance the focus on academics, Bedford Academy HS staff will use the PROSE program to make school more fun by creating clubs and activities.

Shaping a school through a teacher’s voice

When English teacher Leslie Lehrman stepped into the role of master teacher in 2014, she did so out of a desire to take on a more formal leadership role in her school, Lehman HS in the Bronx.

Discussing Charlottesville in your classroom

In light of the events in Charlottesville, Va., in August, here are some teaching resources to help you navigate conversations in your classroom about tolerance, social justice, civil discourse and more.


Members get big boost in Teacher’s Choice funds

Educators who are ready to begin purchasing materials and supplies for the upcoming school year will have significantly more spending money thanks to a hard-fought increase in City Council funding for Teacher’s Choice.

Guiding stars for students

“Champion for all students.” “Deeply committed to creating equity.” “Truly valuable.” 
These were just a few of the phrases used to describe the 25 guidance counselors who were honored at the DOE's School Counselor Recognition Day Awards ceremony on May 31.


Counting their chickens

They say a farmer’s work is never done, and no one knows this better than the students in the agriculture program at John Bowne HS in Flushing, Queens.

Why we’re #PublicSchoolProud

District 20, in the southwest corner of Brooklyn organized a month-long celebration of the arts as part of the UFT’s #PublicSchoolProud campaign

Understanding math has replaced ‘drill and kill’

There’s been a seismic shift in the way teachers approach math instruction over the last few decades. Rote memorization of mathematical algorithms — or so-called “drill and kill” instruction — has given way to experiential learning.


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