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UFT Staff Director Anthony Harmon looks on as State Attorney General Leticia James accepts the John Dewey Award virtually.

Dewey winner James returns the praise

New York State Attorney General Lititia James was honored at the UFT's Spring Education Conference on May 15 with the John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education, the highest honor the UFT bestows.

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‘A voice amidst all the chaos’

The New York City Art Teachers Association/UFT (NYCATA) challenge asked art teachers and their students — from elementary to high school — to create visual images of their feelings and concerns this school year. 


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Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration

The UFT Speech Improvement Chapter's annual Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration, held virtually on May 20, honored 34 members for creative projects as well as students and retiree Lisa Arian.

A screenshot of a nurse accepting an award, her son is also in the shot on the left side

Nurses Recognition Day

Members of the Federation of Nurses/UFT were honored during the union's seventh annual Nurse Recognition Day, Held virtually on May 6, for meeting the "unimaginable" challenge of COVID-19.

Albert Shanker College Scholarships

Heading out to change the world

The UFT presented $5,000 Albert Shanker College Scholarships to 134 public high school students and eight graduate students on June 2 at the 52nd annual Albert Shanker Scholarship celebration, held virtually on Zoom.

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Daniel Dromm Scholarship ceremony

The UFT Pride Committee honored five high school students with $1,000 scholarships at its third Daniel Dromm Scholarship ceremony, held virtually on June 5.

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Smiling through the challenges

Eight schools and 28 individuals were honored on April 29 at the UFT's annual Academic HS Awards ceremony, held virtually, while all educators were praised for their hard work and commitment this school year.

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Honoring our essential workers

The UFT Family Child Care Providers Chapter held its eighth annual appreciation celebration on May 7. It was a day to honor providers and the work they have done to keep the city running throughout the pandemic.


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Learning by doing

Following the philosophy that “students learn by doing,” an award-winning high school STEAM teacher in Brooklyn has gotten great results.

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Spotlighting ‘Hope’ amid pandemic

More than 30,000 lights, spelling out the word “HOPE,” shined a spotlight on the number of New York City lives lost to COVID-19 in an initiative of the Urban Assembly School of Emergency Management in Manhattan from March 12 to March 14.