Bright Horizons Day Care workers in downtown Brooklyn have triumphantly pinned their “Union Proud” buttons back on to celebrate winning a National Labor Relations Board settlement in October that ensures the UFT members "have the right to wear union buttons and other union insignia in the workplace.”
As part of a speech literacy initiative launched by the Department of Education in 2014 in about 150 schools, Marjorie James pushes into the kindergarten Integrated Co-Teaching class at the East Elmhurst Community School three times a week and works closely with its teachers.
Diana Gorda is a lab specialist at James Madison HS in Brooklyn, where she works to make sure that science teachers and the school’s 4,000 students have everything they need to perform safe and engaging laboratory experiments.
More than 200 participants at the New York City Association of Foreign Language Teachers/UFT’s 22nd annual conference left UFT headquarters in Manhattan “with a repertoire of materials that will keep them busy for the next few months of teaching,” said teacher Nunzia Manginelli of Esperanza Preparatory Academy in Manhattan, the group’s vice president and the conference chairperson.
The UFT’s first LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Dinner drew more than 300 people to union headquarters and raised nearly $21,000 for the Daniel Dromm Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to graduating seniors from New York City public schools to honor their LGBTQ activism.
“There’s something so rewarding and magical about starting with nothing and making something amazing,” said teacher Mary Agramonte of Origins HS in Brooklyn, a presenter at the 38th annual conference of the New York City Art Teachers Association/UFT.
Ten years, 50 conferences! Every fall since 2010, public school parents and community leaders in each borough have flocked to five Saturday conferences, courtesy of the UFT. This year, the borough-specific events had an especially festive atmosphere as they marked their 10th anniversary.
“The same way parents ask questions about class size, I want every patient to ask questions about the staffing ratio in hospitals,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said as he welcomed nurses to the Westin Grand Central in Manhattan on Nov. 22 for the 40th annual Professional Issues Conference of the Federation of Nurses/UFT.
The deadline for spending Teacher’s Choice funds is Jan. 12, 2020. You should submit your receipts for purchases made between Aug. 1, 2019, and Jan. 12, 2020, along with the Teacher’s Choice Accountability Form detailing your purchases, by Jan. 17, 2020, to your payroll secretary.
The Teachers’ Retirement System Passport Funds are diverse investment choices carefully designed to help TRS members who participate in the Tax-Deferred Annuity (TDA) Program save for retirement. Here is an overview of the funds that will be available as of January 2020.
The Red for Ed movement continues to be a rallying cry for teachers around the country who are fed up with underfunded schools and low wages. We in New York City set the standard for public school educators about what it is possible to gain when you belong to a strong union.
The flipped classroom — which reverses the traditional model of delivering direct instruction in class and assigning practice and activities for homework — is not for everyone. Here are some of the advantages and drawbacks of the model so you can better decide if you want to give this method a try.
If you are an educator without any formal training or background in science, being told to teach STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) may seem daunting. There’s the fear of the unknown, the fear of failure, the fear of not being able to tackle it all.
Ask Harvey Widell, age 87, about retiring and he asks, “Why?”
But he is retired, after a fashion. Widell retired after 32 years as an English teacher in the gifted program at JHS 240 in Brooklyn and moved to Florida in 1999. “But now,” he said, “I’m more active than I ever was.”
For the past 20 years, Widell has been performing in and directing two traveling theater troupes — Way Off-Broadway Players and Theater Voices — in the Fort Lauderdale area, with performances in 55 communities.
Widell is currently in rehearsal for “South Pacific,” taking on the lead role made famous by Ezio Pinza. Last year he played Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady,” and the year before that he was Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Widell said he got the hang of performing and directing in Long Island community theater groups while h…
The Supplemental Health Insurance Program (SHIP), developed in 1977 by the Retired Teachers Chapter to augment the coverage provided for in the UFT contract, today enrolls 67,000 retirees plus their spouses or domestic partners.