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Empowering educators with technology

UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds writes that when it comes to our academic high schools and the broader New York City public school system, we need to lead — not follow — on innovation that affects our practice.

Future in Focus

More than 250 New York City public high school students gathered on Oct. 20 for the UFT’s Future in Focus college and career fair, exploring the benefits of organized labor and featuring a job fair with representatives from a variety of unions.

Alzheimer’s walk

A UFT team of about 40 people walked in Central Park on Oct. 23 to raise money for CaringKind, a group that provides care and support services for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

Academic High Schools Awards Celebration

Heroes, change agents, fierce organizers, advocates, motivators, troubleshooters, trusted advisers and leaders. These are some of the words used to describe the educators, unionists and unified school communities honored at the UFT’s 2022 Academic...

Bringing change and finding joy

UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds writes that high school educators routinely face challenges, and during the pandemic, we found little joy. Connecting with our quest for joy in our craft remains an undeniable part of our...

We hear you — your voice matters

UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds writes that high school members from across the city joined forces with the union’s academic high school team in five safe spaces to talk about what works and what obstructs, to uncover...

Activism for educational growth

We teach — and our students live and learn — in a world of rapid change, with new technological tools for navigating that world at our fingertips. For academic high school educators, it’s an exciting and challenging time. Do we have a role in...

Learning the benefits of unionized careers

Nearly 500 students from city public high schools attended the fourth annual Future in Focus career fair on Oct. 31 at UFT headquarters in Manhattan, where they learned the benefits of unionized careers.

Organizing for all of our sakes

Our hard-earned rights and benefits become meaningless unless we’re willing to defend them. Standing up for ourselves and our students through collective action looks different from one school to the next, but taken all together, our ability to act...

VP for Academic High Schools

Janella T. Hinds is vice president for academic high schools at the UFT . Janella earned her bachelor's degree in sociology with a concentration in African American studies from Princeton University and her master's in social studies education from...