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Welcome to the Classroom Café podcast series, where it’s all about brewing the conversation with fellow new educators. These special podcasts are brought to you by the UFT and the union’s Member Assistance Program (MAP). May this podcast series inspire you...nourish you...and motivate you.

The full series of "Classroom Café" podcasts is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and SoundCloud.

For more information, contact MAP at or by telephone at 212-701-9620.

Current episode

Season 2, Episode 3 -

You're about to become a parent! Congratulations! Especially in this trying time, vital information about paid parental Leave cannot wait for those UFT members who are preparing to welcome a child into their families. And the UFT is here to help. For the duration of the coronavirus crisis, our hugely popular "Pathways to Parenthood" workshop is online. Tanisha & Michele, two of our experts, will take you through the ABCs of your leave options in this special edition of the "Classroom Café” podcast.

Previous episodes

Season 2, Episode 2 -

Together we make a difference: transforming student-teacher relationships through functional fitness, with Libby Douglass, a CrossFit coach at CrossFit Wall Street and Jackie Boyle, a NYC public school teacher. Hear about the benefits of using exercise in the classroom and ways to incorporate exercise into your daily classroom routine. Learn more about the UFT’s Member Assistance Program and check out resources for new teachers at Member Assistance Program.

Season 2, Episode 1 -

Getting Ready to Launch with Gisele Noisy-McBride, UFT Teacher Center. How can you set yourself up for a successful school year? Hear about steps you can take to focus your actions and beliefs.

Season 1, Episode 5 -

Mindfulness and Compassion with Kristin Westbrook, the founder of Calm City Meditation and certified meditation teacher. Kristin outlines three meditation techniques that can help educators relieve stress and maintain a sense of calm throughout the day: a body scan, a mindfulness meditation and a loving kindness meditation. For more information about Calm City Meditation Station visit

Season 1, Episode 4 -

10 Ways to Eat Healthier With Limited Time with Meredith Price, a Brooklyn-based Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Meredith provides her top 10 strategies for eating well when you have limited time during the work week. To learn more about Meredith and some of the websites she utilizes, please visit:,,,

Season 1, Episode 3 -

Creating Safe, Welcoming and Inclusive Schools for ALL of Our Students, Families and Staff with Mitch Klages-Bombich, M.S. Ed., PLC Professional Development Coordinator. In this podcast, Mitch discusses the importance of embracing family diversity, creating LGBTQ and gender-inclusive schools and classrooms, and an overview of NYCDOE guidelines supporting transgender and non-binary students.