Rachel Nobel

UFT staff reporter

Latest stories

History in living color

'Hamilton showed us that history is not all about when someone was born and when they died,' said student Kerryann Moreno, whose U.S. history class attended a free matinee performance of the Broadway powerhouse. 'There’s always a story behind it.'

Flying solo

The first and only SOLE lab in North America launched in October 2014 at PS 197 in Harlem, where each class goes once a week to the lab in six-week cycles. In the lab, students gather in groups to answer a guiding question of their choice under researcher Natalia Arredondo’s supervision. 

Tank goodness

There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but when it comes to streams on the eastern seaboard, there aren’t enough trout in the ecosystem. That’s where the 6th-graders of JHS 278 in Marine Park come in.

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.”

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