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Students at PS 81in Brooklyn marched through the neighborhood with signs demanding clean drinking water.

Civics education

For many people, civics is synonymous with social studies. But the UFT's teacher working group on civics education feel strongly that the lessons of civics are applicable in every classroom.

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The importance of having a school library

“Every student should have access to the library and the opportunity to go there,” says says Michael Dodes, a school librarian who now works as a library operations and instructional coordinator in the DOE’s Office of Library Services. “It’s all about creating a space where students can read, explore information and work with each other.”

Hannah Bernard (left) and Melissa Gomes, teachers at PS 446 in Brownsville, Broo

Why looping works

PS 446 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, has found that "looping," a model that keeps a teacher with the same group of students for more than one grade, allows educators to become grounding, guiding forces in their students’ lives.

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Helping students with dyslexia

Researchers estimate that dyslexia affects between 5 and 12 percent of the U.S. population — and as many as 80 percent of students who struggle with reading.

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Report card alternatives

Teachers know that their students are more than just a set of grades. But the DOE’s standard single-page report card doesn’t give them the opportunity to demonstrate it. That’s why some elementary schools have turned to alternative progress reports.

Students work together to paint a prop instrument.

Joining the ‘maker movement’

PS 15 in Manhattan is one of a growing number of schools that are dedicating spaces for students to design, build, experiment and explore.

“Once they learn how to hit a golf ball that’s not moving, that sets them up for

PE Works transforms gym class

Physical education is changing. In 2015, the Department of Education announced a multiyear, multimillion dollar initiative known as PE Works, which seeks to transform the concept of gym class from a place where kids pelt each other with dodgeballs to “an important academic subject that teaches students to be physically active, work as a team and set fitness goals that can last a lifetime.”

Floor cushions and lap desks in Melissa Noble's 2nd-grade classroom at the Bronx

Please sit — wherever

Many teachers have been using some form of flexible seating in their classrooms for years. But some teachers have begun to take flexible seating to a whole new level by replacing most or all of the traditional furniture in their classrooms with a host of other options, including wobble seats, floor pillows, crates, lap desks and beanbags.

In Lianne Erosa’s 1st-grade class at PS 72, students work to design a bridge tha

A new approach to gifted education

Educators in the Bronx’s District 8 are embracing a new approach to gifted education. Known as the “schoolwide enrichment model,” it focuses not on classifying gifted individuals but rather on developing and nurturing gifted behaviors in all students.

Noah Garcia, a 6th-grade ELA teacher in a Nest classroom at MS 447 in downtown B

When Nest is best

The ASD Nest model is designed to “nest” children with autism in fully inclusive classrooms.