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Rachel Nobel

UFT staff reporter

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Teacher’s Choice funds: a key to classroom success

Imagine a gymnasium with no equipment, a classroom with no books, a music studio with no instruments. That’s the reality many educators say they would face if they didn’t spend their own money to furnish their students with supplies.

Great feet!

More than 200 runners and walkers laced up their sneakers and headed for Coney Island on April 16 for the UFT’s third annual 5K run/walk. 


The power of connections

Since becoming a UFT Community Learning School in 2014, PS 1 in Chinatown has been able to deepen its connections with community organizations and launch new ones, all in the name of supporting students and families inside and outside the classroom.

Take care of your certification

With summer just around the corner, now is a good time to take stock of the progress you’re making toward your professional state certification.


Teachers recommend ELL instruction changes

A group of UFT educators who worked together to review the recent state changes to English language learner instruction presented their preliminary recommendations on March 30 to key state and city officials including new Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa.

‘Hamilton’ star says Brooklyn teacher ‘saved my life’

As one of the stars of “Hamilton,” the Broadway phenomenon, Anthony Ramos has performed for celebrities from Beyoncé to Barack Obama. But he reserves his highest acclaim for someone else: the high school theater teacher who guided him toward a career he had never even dreamed of having.

Meeting challenges of teaching adolescents

“We are like the Rodney Dangerfield of the school system,” joked Richard Mantell, the UFT’s vice president for middle schools, as he opened the UFT’s third annual Middle School Conference on Saturday, March 19. “We get absolutely no respect.”

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.

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