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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...

‘Signs’ of respect

When Rita Fattorusso invites one of her prekindergarten students to the front of the class to lead morning exercises, the other students pay strict attention. If they don’t, they’ll miss their classmate’s instructions: He uses American Sign Language...

Starting young

For Jo Ann Westhall, an elementary school education includes reading, writing, arithmetic — and computer science. Westhall, a computer science teacher and the chapter leader at PS 31 in Bayside, Queens, brought a subject reserved for middle and high...

Science Exploratorium at PS 84, Brooklyn

More than 400 parents and guests experienced 47 hands-on experiments led by 320 students in grades 2–8, who became teachers for a day, at PS 84’s fifth annual Science Exploratorium on May 15 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Inquiry-based learning with young students

Do you want to help your students explore their interests and extend their learning beyond a scripted curriculum? Consider trying inquiry-based investigations in your early childhood classroom.

First Tee golf outing for PS 119, the Bronx

Third-graders from PS 119 in the Bronx learned the three main golf swings and more during their May 8 outing to The First Tee program at Mosholu Golf Course.

‘Teaching is her life’

Zenzile DaBreo, a kindergarten teacher at PS/IS 109 in Brooklyn, was honored with the Sanford Teacher Award as the “most inspirational teacher” in New York State. “We only have two rules in my classroom: be respectful and be responsible,” she says.

Hydroponics greenhouse ribbon-cutting at PS 349, Queens

Staff and students gathered at a ribbon-cutting event on April 9 at PS 349 in Jamaica, Queens, to celebrate the successful first year of their hydroponics lab and to thank those who supported the project.

Gallery Walk at K396 in Brownsville, Brooklyn

Students at K396 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, hosted a Gallery Walk at their school to display animal habitats they created, inspired by “The Lion King.” The District 75 school received a Disney Musicals in Schools grant this year.

‘Stand for your vision’

It was a day of learning and fun for the 600 educators who attended the UFT’s 12th annual Early Childhood Conference on March 16. The conference theme “Innovate, Integrate, Motivate!” spotlighted the importance of a holistic approach to educating...