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Students show off their puppets

Painting the bigger picture

Janet Lombardi and her son, Zach, are both Staten Island teachers, who share their passion for activism through art with their elementary school students.

A room with a rocking chair and ottoman

A room for nursing moms

IS 61 now has a “calm, quiet and clean” lactation room thanks to the efforts of Hearing Education Services Chapter Leader Raquel Sepulveda and the school's principal and parent coordinator.

Teachers discussing restorative justice

Keep calm and teach on

The Bronx Collaborative Schools Plan is helping Kingsbridge International HS in the Bronx, one of 50 schools that joined the DOE-UFT initiative’s original cohort last year, focus and improve on the school community’s social-emotional learning.

Sara Guevera

Noteworthy graduate: Dr. Sara Guevara, family medicine physician

Dr. Sara Guevara built on the mentoring and support she received in Brooklyn public schools to become a family medicine physician who is working in underserved communities in New York City.

A teacher helps students

Learning on tap

For his work at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, where he has made water the core area of study this year in his environmental science classes, Jared Fox received a Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics.

Charles Cogen at Guild Rally

The UFT is founded

On March 16, 1960, members of the Teachers Guild voted to merge with the High School Teachers Association to form the United Federation of Teachers.

Aamir Griffin

Remembering Aamir

Aamir Griffin, a 14-year-old freshman, was doing what he loved most — practicing on a court near his home in Jamaica — when he was killed by a stray bullet in October.

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Not business as usual

It may be a virtual enterprise, but the students behind Bake-ology at Susan Wagner HS on Staten Island definitely mean business.

One of the cameramen zooms in for his shot.

Learning through a different lens

Educators at Manhattan’s HS for Environmental Studies have found a new way to infuse environmental issues in the curriculum: through the lens of a TV camera.

Protesting Teachers

Jan. 18, 2012: The fight to save closing schools

The UFT went toe-to-toe with Mayor Mike Bloomberg in 2012 to save the jobs of its members in struggling schools. In a clear maneuver to get around the contract, the mayor vowed to “close” 33 low-performing schools, excess all the staff and make them reapply for their positions.