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Changing how we teach kids to read

UFT Vice President for Education Mary Vaccaro writes that the DOE will require the use of one of three evidence-based literacy programs grounded in phonics in all elementary schools by September 2024. The UFT Teacher Center is committed to doing...

We’re your home for professional learning

UFT Vice President for Education Mary Vaccaro writes that the UFT Teacher Center has been a leader in providing New York City public school educators with high-quality professional learning for more than 40 years. The program recently has begun...

Social-emotional wellness for all

UFT Vice President for Education Mary Vaccaro writes that as we look ahead to September, when students and educators will be back together in school buildings, we must focus as strongly on social-emotional wellness as on academics.

Mary Vaccaro new VP for education

Mary Vaccaro, the Queens District 26 representative for the past 16 years and a teacher for 26 years, was elected UFT vice president for education by the UFT Executive Board, succeeding Evelyn DeJesus, now AFT executive vice president.

The ‘privilege’ of diversity in NYC schools

A special buzz of energy marked the fourth annual UFT Conference on Effective Instruction for English Language Learners — ExcELLing — at union headquarters in Manhattan on Oct. 19.

Owning the evaluation process

Teacher evaluation has long been a contentious issue, but changes negotiated in the 2018 DOE-UFT contract provide an opportunity to make the observation process the partnership it was meant to be.

AFT, UFT educators hit wall in border visit

A group, led by AFT President Randi Weingarten and UFT/AFT Vice President Evelyn DeJesus, scheduled tour to check on the educational services being provided to the migrant children were met by armed border patrol agents when they refused to leave...

Being an informed educator

One of my responsibilities as the UFT vice president for education is to make sure you stay informed about the rollout of New York State’s Next Generation Learning Standards. In 2018, we focused on raising awareness; this year we are focused on...

Better learning standards

Standards are important measures we use to compare and evaluate. Because there were myriad issues with the Common Core Learning Standards, the New York State Education Department scrapped them and, with the help of more than 130 educators and parents...

VP for Education

Mary Vaccaro is the UFT vice president for education. She was elected by the union’s Executive Board in September 2020. Mary, a graduate of Adelphi University, received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and her master’s degree in Early...