March 2017 Issue
March 30, 2017


Source: NYSUT United

It's an honor

Alhassan Susso, United Federation of Teachers, was one of 40 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize. Susso was recognized for creating the Inspiring Teens program, which is built on five skills: mindset, vision setting, interpersonal communications, leadership and financial management. The Global Teacher Prize is a $1 million award presented annually to a teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.

The artwork of Bobbi Mastrangelo, Smithtown Teachers Association retiree, is on view at Orlando's Orange County Regional History Center through April 23. Mastrangelo uses plastics to create her unique manhole art series, "Grate Works." For more information, visit

In print

Michele Haiken, Rye TA, has published Gamify literacy: Boost comprehension, collaboration and learning. In the book, published by the International Society for Technology in Education, Haiken and con­tributing authors highlight how a game-based approach to learning can boost literacy skills and encourage collaboration. Subjects covered in the book include gam­ifying culinary arts, scavenger hunts, tips for recognizing student achievements with badges and much more. The book is set to be released April 30. For more information or to pre-order, visit

Jeffrey Pflaum, UFT retiree, has been published in Creative Teaching and Learning, an online magazine from the Imaginative Minds Group's Teaching Times products. Pflaum's most recent article, "Writing with music," is part of a series on creativity and emotional intelligence. To read the article, visit library.teaching­ For more info, including a free copy of the publication, contact the author at

"Kudos!" recognizes the accomplish­ments of NYSUT members. Have good news you'd like to share? Email; include "Kudos!" in the subject line.