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Kids’ pandemic reality on display

“I Will Not Die,” 3rd-grader Samantha Mercedes’ winning pandemic mask design, told the story of her grandmother’s victorious fight against the coronavirus.

Aligning curriculum to standards

UFT-DOE focus group considers how best to evaluate and implement curricula that exemplify clear standards.

Remote teaching strategies and resources

After New York City school buildings shut in mid-March, teachers quickly discovered that recreating their former classroom schedule and activities was not always practical. Remote learning has required us to reconceptualize our teaching practices to...

Lesson plans

Since 1990, Article 8 of the DOE-UFT teachers’ contract has affirmed that the organization, format, notation and other physical aspects of lesson plans are all up to the teacher.

UFT working to get curriculum for all

UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced at the Delegate Assembly on Jan. 15 that the union is working to ensure that all New York City schools have curriculum aligned to the state’s Next Generation Learning Standards for math and English language...

Common Core tests signal new frontier

New research is finally catching up to what most educators already know: A decade of teaching to the state tests has not produced deep learning or well-educated students.

Class size and instructional materials

As we enter a new school year, teachers should be aware of their rights to reasonable class sizes and basic instructional materials.

I am struggling with my classroom/classroom management/lesson planning this year. What services do you have to help me?

Reach out to the Peer Intervention Program (PIP) at the UFT. The UFT’s Peer Intervention Program (PIP) allows you to receive confidential, non-evaluative one-on-one help from highly experienced, specially selected colleagues who will create...

Who should apply to the Peer Intervention Program (PIP)?

Tenured teachers who are having trouble because of supervisors’ evaluations, formal warnings, or Ineffective/U ratings should apply. PIP also works with teachers who have not been rated as Ineffective or U-rated who are seeking to take charge of...

How can I request help from the Peer Intervention Program (PIP)?

You can apply by using our online form at: PIP is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located at 50 Broadway, 15th Floor, NY, NY, 10004. Summer hours are from 9 a.m. to...