Rachel Nobel

UFT staff reporter

Latest stories

The power of partnership

Wesly Toussaint is Michael Liegey’s mentor and a fellow history teacher at Metropolitan Diploma Plus HS, a transfer high school in Brownsville. It's a partnership that is enriching to both.

Time to reserve your spot at UFT Spring Education Conference

It’s time to order your ticket for the UFT’s annual Spring Education Conference on May 7. This 
year's event features in-demand workshops on active learning, integrated co-teaching and math by popular presenters.

Ways to shake off the winter doldrums

With exams around the corner and summer still months off, March can feel like a trying time for new teachers and students. Here are some ideas to help you bring joy into your classroom.

State tests to change this spring

This spring, students will see fewer questions and have more time to complete the state ELA and math tests.

‘Teachers teaching teachers’ drives PD at Lincoln HS

Of the approach that Lincoln HS in Coney Island takes to professional learning, UFT Teacher Center coach Wayne Gagnon says, “We believe the teachers are the gold that we’re mining.”

The world is their classroom

When Allyson Compton’s 12th-grade students enter her classroom at the HS for Environmental Studies in midtown Manhattan, they become United Nations delegates. What's at stake in the day's session isn't just their grades but the political futures of the countries they represent.

Math for 5th-graders to be departmentalized

The DOE has announced that it will begin departmentalizing math instruction for 5th-graders in elementary schools to make sure more eighth-graders are prepared for algebra.

TV ad: Back Common Core changes

The UFT on Jan. 15 launched a new TV ad urging New Yorkers to support revisions to the state’s learning standards proposed by Governor Cuomo’s Common Core task force, which also set in motion a four-year ban on the use of state growth scores to evaluate teachers.

Shaping education

A new math workshop helps upper elementary school students explore the relationship between familiar shapes and the unique architecture of the Morgan Library and Museum.

Claus for celebration

When that other iconic winter figure — Queen Elsa — glided into the room at the holiday party thrown by the UFT and the Coalition for the Homeless at union headquarters on Dec. 12, children gasped and cheered as if they had just seen Santa Claus himself.

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