The scores of New York City students increased slightly in both math and English language arts on the latest state tests, released on Aug. 14, as students became more familiar with the Common Core Learning Standards and their teachers worked hard with what materials and training they eventually got.
Not surprisingly, only about one-third of students met standards in math and fewer than 30 percent met ELA standards, as the Common Core tests set very high proficiency benchmarks. However, the second year of the new tests saw improvement across all racial and ethnic groups and for English language learners and students with disabilities.
Performance gaps between black and Latino students and their white and Asian counterparts remained wide …
Using scavenged castoffs, lots of imagination and plenty of hard work, Brownsville Academy HS students, under the guidance of art teacher Susan Tuthill, transformed the school’s art gallery into a fully furnished, ready-to-occupy studio apartment by the school year’s end.
The UFT is supporting a large slate of candidates in the 2014 elections for the New York Assembly and Senate and the U.S. Congress through its state affliliate, NYSUT. Among the 98 endorsed candidates who represent parts of New York City are five women vying for open seats in the Assembly.
The National Labor Relations Board said on July 29 that McDonald’s could be held jointly liable for labor and wage violations perpetrated by its franchise operators in a ruling that could upend fast food labor practices and give a dramatic boost to ongoing unionization efforts.
One of the summer’s big stories was the environmental crisis in Toledo, Ohio, where algae blooms in Lake Erie made the water supply undrinkable for several days. The problem is largely caused by the runoff of phosphorous-rich fertilizers used in modern agriculture. It’s an issue with which Menachem Tabanpour is intimately familiar: He has been studying phosphorous in wastewater ever since he was a student at James Madison HS in Brooklyn.
“Phosphorous is an essential nutrient in fertilizer that plants and crops need, but it can be more carefully used so it doesn’t end up in runoff,” he said.
Tabanpour, 28, is the president and co-founder of Nutrient Recovery & Upcycling LLC, a company that specializes in extracting phosphorus and other minerals from sewage and converting them into agricultural products. “We bring phosphorous back as a…
New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson wowed students and adults alike with his talk about the importance of education, helping others and being responsible with one’s finances at a three-day financial literacy summer camp for public school students hosted by the UFT.
A New York Times article attacking the city's public pension systems failed to report the major reason why the city has had to increase its contributions to the pension funds: Wall Street and corporate manipulations of financial markets.
The peaceful Aug. 23 march in Staten Island responding to the death of Eric Garner in a confrontation with police earlier this summer showed that such tragic deaths do not have to divide communities and police officers. They can bring people together.
It’s important to consider which technology-based procedures to have in place and what technology-based projects you’d like to pursue as part of your preparation to make sure you start the new school year off on a good note.
The first few weeks of the school year offer a valuable opportunity to launch new strategies for classroom management. Here are some tips from veteran educators about how to set the tone for a successful year.