[[nid:102757; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; styleName:article_x_large_auto]]On a hot afternoon in June, lead teacher assistant Melissa Calderon walks along a green and white checkered hall in Archer Elementary School in the Bronx, her students trailing beside her. They look like a flock and its shepherd as she leads them into Class 403.
In the self-contained bridge class of 4th- and 5th-graders, Calderon and teacher Regina Shin help students compare decimals. Calderon’s teaching style is energetic and colorful in a room where kids are wild about learning. They bounce up and down in their seats before the readiness drill, but are easil…
The number of students who tested as proficient on state math and English Language Arts exams in 2017 continued to rise across New York City, according to test scores released by state and city officials on Aug. 22.
Workers at the Nissan Motor Company’s plant in Canton, Mississippi, voted nearly 2 to 1 against union representation, following a hard-fought organizing drive marked by accusations that Nissan used illegal tactics to thwart the effort.
They’re putting a new spin on learning at the Brooklyn hub of Pathways to Graduation.
Earn-A-Bike is an elective program in the city Department of Education that helps students ages 17 to 21 get high school equivalency diplomas. Students learn to take apart and recondition bicycles, then put them back together. They get to keep the completed bike.
“It gives them a chance to be an expert at something,” says math and literacy teacher Nicole Santiago.
At Pathways, “we teach everything and that’s great,” says Ariff Hajee, a science teacher. “But we also want to give the students something they can use, something hands-on.”
It’s a big win for our students: This year, virtually all New York City public schools will offer universal free lunch. The UFT helped to make it happen. UFT members and officers testified at hearings, lobbied Mayor Bill de Blasio and spread the word through social media, rallies and regular news conferences.
The State University of New York proposal to allow charter schools it authorizes — including Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy schools — to devise their own teacher certification process would dramatically lower the entry bar for the profession. It also exposes a troubling double standard.
It’s all about “kids having access to experiences, whether I do it through being a teacher or being a program director at a museum or being a Girl Scout leader,” says Leslie Martinez, who is starting her third year as a teacher at Manhattan’s Humanities Prep Academy.
The possibility of a New York State constitutional convention is a threat to our basic rights and benefits because it would allow delegates to tinker with any part of the document including our pension guarantees. The UFT Delegate Assembly has voted to urge a decisive NO vote on the proposal in the Nov. 7, 2017, election. UFT President Michael Mulgrew recently sent this flier to retirees so I am reinforcing his message by making that flier my first column for the new school year.