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Rachel Nobel

UFT staff reporter

Latest stories

Please sit — wherever

Many teachers have been using some form of flexible seating in their classrooms for years. But some teachers have begun to take flexible seating to a whole new level by replacing most or all of the traditional furniture in their classrooms with a host of other options, including wobble seats, floor pillows, crates, lap desks and beanbags.


Water system science secrets revealed

Students at George Westinghouse CTE HS in Brooklyn got up close and personal with New York City’s water supply on a visit to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint

Attaining your professional state certification

Navigating state teacher certification regulations can be confusing to veteran educators, let alone new teachers. Now is a good time to take stock of the progress you’re making toward your professional state certification.


The magical world of words

Alessandra Giuffre takes her students on a magical journey from PS 140 in the Bronx to the world of words, reading them the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and immersing them in wizardry and wonder.

Double victory for Brooklyn school

UFT members, parents and community advocates at PS 335 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn have won a major victory: Not only did they defeat a Department of Education proposal to co-locate a charter elementary school inside their building, but they also successfully advocated for the opening of a new public middle school in the space instead.

New teachers don’t have to go it alone

Coordinator Teresa Devore has worked tirelessly to make the Teacher Center at John Dewey HS a place where teachers can come for advice, resources and support. She focuses in particular on newer teachers, who make up about a third of Dewey’s teaching staff. 


The fight for paid parental leave

Thousands of UFT members have signed up to be part of the campaign urging the city to provide paid parental leave. Many of them shared stories of being forced to return to work just days or weeks after giving birth because of financial considerations that would not allow them to take a longer, unpaid leave.

A new approach to gifted education

Educators in the Bronx’s District 8 are embracing a new approach to gifted education. Known as the “schoolwide enrichment model,” it focuses not on classifying gifted individuals but rather on developing and nurturing gifted behaviors in all students.

Coats for kids — and lots of fun, too

There were new winter coats and accessories, fun activities and a Thanksgiving feast for 150 homeless students at the UFT's annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.

Finding support through the UFT

As part of a special effort to engage and inform the union’s newest members, the UFT’s New Member Initiative held meet-and-greet events in each UFT borough office this fall.

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