News for high schools

Op-Eds |

If New York City is going to have the first-class public education system it deserves, then the new chancellor and the city’s Panel for Educational Policy need to tackle the widespread academic segregation in the city’s high schools — a problem within their power to solve. 

Feature stories |

Thousands of eighth-graders and high school seniors will be decked out for end-of-year celebrations thanks to eight UFT prom events that were held in all five boroughs in April and May.

Vperspective |

At the HERstory brunch in March at union headquarters i, UFT members were able to relax while receiving massages and feel pampered while having their nails manicured and their makeup applied, all by career and technical education students from Queens Vocational HS in Long Island City. Those 25 cosmetology students were demonstrating how the CTE process works, applying the skills they mastered in school in a real-world setting.

News stories |

There was something for everyone at the Spring Education Conference’s bustling exhibit hall where members filled shopping bags with vendors’ giveaways and marveled at the accomplishments of the career and technical education high school students demonstrating their skills.

Around the UFT |

More than 1,500 students from high schools around New York City and throughout the world gathered at Pier 92 on Manhattan’s West Side on April 17 for the annual Virtual Enterprise International trade fair.

Feature stories |

The 3-D models that students create in Jawnuta DiSclafani’s architecture class represent more than a class assignment to create a bedroom or design a building. They challenge the students to rethink how they see the world.

News stories |

Dedicated high school teachers and outstanding school chapters were honored at the fourth annual UFT Academic High School Awards Celebration on April 13.

Feature stories |

Christopher Sedita is the founder of the “Green Buildings” program at the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers, a career and technical education high school. The program prepares students for careers in 21st-century building design, construction and maintenance by emphasizing sustainability, energy efficiency and eco-friendly materials.


Around the UFT |

A colorful Sing for Hope piano, which spent the summer in Brooklyn Park, now has a home at Pathways to Graduation HS, where it "fills a desperate need for a positive focus and helps our music program grow,” says one teacher.

News stories |

Dozens of CTE educators were recognized on Feb. 15 for teaching 21st-century skills and preparing students for college and careers.

Feature stories |

Jason Garofalo, who teaches math at Marble Hill International HS in the Bronx," makes a point of prizing students’ wrong answers. “I want them to be unafraid to make mistakes, because that’s what math is all about,” he says. “The whole process of making mistakes is how we learn.”


Feature stories |

Sloan Award winner Krishna Mahabir of Grover Cleveland HS in Queens was recognized for his outstanding work and commitment to students in mathematics and science, but he insists “teaching is an art form.”

New teacher profiles |

Immigrant students at the International HS for Health Sciences in Queens can relate to visual arts teacher Gehan Habashy, who was born and raised in Egypt.

News stories |

Although the union is called the United Federation of Teachers, the membership has grown to include many other types of educators and professionals who serve the children of New York City in a variety of ways.
These Department of Education-employed members have functional chapters of their own to address common issues and concerns.

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