It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the winter’s first snowfall dusted the shoulders of the 150 homeless children from across the city arriving at UFT headquarters on Dec. 9 for the biggest and most exciting holiday party of the season.
Like guests at a posh city restaurant, the children’s coats were taken and they were shown to their reserved tables by the scores of volunteers from the UFT and the Coalition for the Homeless that together host the annual celebration.
And what to the guests’ wondering eyes should appear but Shanker Hall transformed to a party wonderland, with dazzling decorations and a DJ playing seasonal music.
Clutching gift bags they were eager to explore and smiling ear to ear, the children settled in at each table. As their initial awe and shyness wore off, the party moved into high gear as the kids jumped up to explore the games and activities set up…
Using its strength in numbers, the UFT has negotiated comprehensive health benefits that are valuable — and increasingly rare — in today’s economy. Thanks to the union, members also can look forward to a secure retirement, have opportunities for professional growth and can get help when they are struggling or in crisis.
The UFT is putting together a membership team at each school or worksite to speak with members and make sure they are aware of what’s at stake in the anti-union Janus case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
With working people under attack from Republicans in Washington, D.C., and pervasive anti-labor sentiment, there's no better time to take stock of the benefits you have as a union member — benefits worth fighting to protect.
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.
It’s common knowledge that Muggles — nonmagical people — aren’t permitted to visit Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But if there’s an exception to the rule, the students in Alessandra Giuffre’s class at PS 140 in the Bronx couldn’t be more deserving.
Giuffre has been reading the “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling to her 12 students, a mix of 4th- and 5th-graders with disabilities, every morning since September 2016.
“When I was in 5th grade, I hated to read,” remembers Giuffre. “Then ‘Harry Potter’ came out, and I got hooked.”
She thought the same might be true of her students, many of whom were reluctant readers and writers.
“So many people think they wouldn’t be able to handle the complexity of a story like this. But we stop and talk about it, we make thinking maps to organize our thoughts,” she says. “I’m so proud of them and what they’ve acco…
Coordinator Teresa Devore has worked tirelessly to make the Teacher Center at John Dewey HS a place where teachers can come for advice, resources and support. She focuses in particular on newer teachers, who make up about a third of Dewey’s teaching staff.
With 42 years in the school system, first as a teacher and now as the senior member of the team of drug directors represented by the UFT, Michele Singer works to ensure students stay safe in the midst of the opioid crisis.
As the chapter leader at Townsend Harris HS in Queens, Franco Scardino was the linchpin in mobilizing staff, parents and alumni to prod the Department of Education to remove a principal who violated the contract and harassed teachers.
We often talk about how the union provides concrete value— the many rights and benefits that we enjoy as UFT members. But you also belong to a community of public school educators and other professionals who are motivated to help others and whose good deeds ripple far beyond the classroom.
The Republican tax overhaul is dreadful in ways old and new. It will be horrible for millions of families and individuals in 12 Democratic states, including New York and New Jersey, because the tax plan’s cap on deductions of state and local taxes will mean higher federal taxes and less money in their wallets.
“The Education of Eva Moskowitz: A Memoir,” released in December, has been extensively reviewed. Whether they favored her Success Academy methods or not, most critics made mention of Moskowitz’s self-righteousness and long memory for long-ago battles. As one reviewer noted, do we want someone with such venom in charge of students? Good question.
You may be curious about how to integrate a 3D printer in your classroom. But aren’t they expensive, difficult to learn and only for the most tech-savvy teachers? The answer is no, at least not anymore.
The weakening of teachers’ unions in Wisconsin led to a drop in math and science test scores in the state’s already struggling schools, according to new research published by the Social Science Research Network.
I help my students learn to advocate for themselves when they need time, space and quiet to process feelings or calm themselves. One strategy I’ve used with success is to create a Peace Place in my classroom.
Aside from the general insidious premise of this legislation that favors corporations and the wealthy, there are some particularly onerous parts that will harm New Yorkers and like-minded states whose local governments actually provide to their citizens a more positive network of social services.
UFT/RTC members who received vacation paychecks for July and August at the end of June may have noticed that deductions were made for UFT dues. The checks were prepared before their retirements became effective and the usual deductions were made.