Hard work and achievement were honored at the 46th annual Albert Shanker Scholarship Awards ceremony at which the union handed out nearly $1 million in scholarships to 177 high school seniors and five prospective graduate students.
This year's Spring Education Conference showcased and celebrated the great work being done by educators throughout the city, with a morning panel and workshops that gave prominent roles to educators who are engaged in the UFT’s Community Learning Schools and the new school-based initiatives that got underway this year.
MaryEllenElia, who displayed a readiness to work with teachers and their union during her 10 years as school superintendent in Hillsborough County, Florida, was the unanimous choice of the state Board of Regents on May 26 to become New York State education commissioner.
New York-based Gawker Media has become the first major digital media company to unionize after an overwhelming majority of employees voted on June 4 to form a union with the Writers Guild of America, East.
Daniel J. Messina is an unabashed optimist, a fierce competitor who communicates in the tough-love, coach-talk of a lifelong athlete. “Sometimes my wife yells at me to be a realist,” Messina says, laughing. “But I am an idealist. It’s who I am.” Messina is a native, a booster and a lifelong resident of Staten Island, who has run eight New York City marathons, trekked up Mt. Kilimanjaro and hiked from France to Italy to Switzerland to the Mont Blanc summit.
He is no lay-about at his day job, either. Messina is president and CEO of Richmond University Medical Center, the very hospital in which he was born 58 years ago. In his spare time — yes, he makes time — he raises awareness and money on behalf of those, like his late mother Rose, who have multiple sclerosis. He was instrumental in the building of one of the few residences for people with MS. “You want to …
With the new time allotted in the UFT-DOE contract for professional development, the staff development committee at P 4, a District 75 school in Queens, seized the opportunity to allow educators to showcase their skills for each other.
Susan Tuthill, nominated recently as a Daily News Hometown Hero for what the paper described as an “ambitious glow-in-the-dark fun house project,” led her art students at Brownsville Academy HS in Brooklyn on a yearlong Ride to Wacky Whimsicality.
Roughly 250 Bronx education and public safety workers — including school safety agents, police officers, teachers, principals and other school administrators and staff — and their friends and families turned out for the fourth annual School Safety Agent Award Recognition Dinner on June 9 at the UFT’s Bronx borough office.
Members who retired between Nov. 1, 2009 and June 30, 2014 have received a lump sum for their retroactive pay raises under our 2014 contract with the Department of Education. The Teachers’ Retirement System is now recalculating the pensions of thousands of UFT members who retired during that time period to ensure that their pensions incorporate these salary raises.
The Positive Learning Collaborative is working with 16 schools to help create classrooms free of bullying, drama and conflict so all children can learn while respecting the humanity of teacher and child. We are already seeing exceptional results.
With adaptive technology, customization, and voice and touch controls, iPads have become mainstays in the special education classroom. Here are apps to explore if you are working with students with disabilities.
[[nid:90704; line-height: 20.7999992370605px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; styleName:large]]At AFT-sponsored interviews with presidential candidates in Washington, D.C., in early June, the Retired Teachers Chapter’s Nina Tribble spoke for all retirees when she asked Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders a pointed two-part question on Social Security.
She was among a group of rank-and-file members from across the country invited by AFT President Randi Weingarten to represent educators and nurses in the union’s face-to-face interviews with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sanders. All of the Republican candidates were invited to participate but not o…