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New law will lower city class sizes

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Sept. 8 signed into law landmark legislation that will lower class sizes in New York City by a third over the next six years, closing a decades-long gap in class sizes between the city and the rest of the state.

Most schools will return to in-person learning in the fall

Schools around the country are planning a return to widespread in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year, with some districts completely eliminating remote learning.

Making classrooms a place for healing

The UFT, drawing on City Council funding, has developed a two-hour training session that is being offered to all educators this spring and will teach simple strategies they can incorporate into their daily practice to help them assess and respond to...

NYCATA/UFT Artist in Masks project

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

UFT-DOE curriculum focus group

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.