UFT provides support for phonics-based curricula
Hundreds of UFT members, many of whom are teachers with 10 or more years of experience, took advantage of a free UFT Teacher Center course on the science of reading in July.
The course, which combined in-person and virtual learning, was part of the union’s effort to support educators as the Department of Education embarks on a major change in how reading is taught in elementary schools.
Teachers who took the summer course titled “Reading for All: The Science of Reading Across Curriculums” were “energetic and open to changing their classroom practices” to teach one of the three approved phonics-based reading curricula, said Mary Vaccaro, the UFT vice president for education.
Michelle Grant, an English as a new language teacher at PS 280 in Jackson Heights, said the training gave her a toolkit and resources she can use to help her English language learners.
“At first I felt overwhelmed, but now I’m starting to feel more confident and at ease about how I can support my students in the 2023–24 school year,” she said.