Subject: TR@TC Induction | January, 2019 | New Year Edition

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Induction and Beyond
Teaching Residents @ Teachers College
January 2019 | New Year Edition Newsletter
In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama shared that it was the stillness that followed the culmination of her time in The White House, that afforded her the opportunity to reflect on her life and experiences, and their impact on her personal evolution.

Similarly, for most educators, January is a time of retrospection and assessment of their progress towards the goals they set in September.

As you enter this "self-assessment" period, we invite you to ask yourselves this question: Am I becoming the teacher I want to be? Meditate on your response and how you will continue to remain grounded in your pedagogical values, as you work towards building authentic relationships with your students this year. 

Here's to blessings in abundance of love, joy, health, peace, and prosperity in 2019!

Yours Truly,
The TR@TC2 Induction Team
TR@TC Financial Literacy as Self Care - Thank you to those who have expressed interest in joining our 9-week course! We'll be reaching out to you, during the week of 1/7 to inquire about best meeting dates and discuss cost implications. Please note that this is a beginner's course on debt management and liquid assets. We hope to follow up with a course on retirement savings plans, in the Fall of 2019. For more info about the program click here: Financial Peace System. Interested? Pleaseemail by close of business, Monday, January 7th. 

Co-Working and Professional Development
Please See below for upcoming co-working and professional development offerings at TR@TC
  • Monday, January 28th: Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures (Please be sure to RSVP by Monday, January 21st- We need a minimum of 10 participants)
  • February 5th: Co-Working Day (Room TBD)
**Stay Tuned for Emails with additional details about each Co-Working/PD Day
Raising Consciousness
How does living in intentional community shape our daily experience? What distinguishes a culture which emphasizes “community” from one that does not? What skills and awareness do we need to co-create a resilient collaborative culture? How can lessons and wisdom from intentional communities benefit the world at large? What can we learn from organically-emerging “unintentional” communities? In Communities’ Winter 2019 issue, “The Culture of Intentional Community,” authors explore all these questions and more, sharing insights they’ve gained from their own wide-ranging experiences.
Learn more by joining the Fellowship for Intentional Communities' mailing list. 
Sharing Credit: Laura Marie Thompson - Source:
If you didn't catch it in the theater circuit, it is now FREE on Netflix.Watch it. Share it with your students!
Description: When his son gets a school assignment on heroes, John seizes the chance to teach him all about the great figures of the Latino world. But once he sets out on his irreverent crash course across three continents and 3000 years of history—from conquistadores to cumbia, Montezuma to Menudo, and taking on the characters in all of it—he uncovers provocative truths that shock even him.

Raising Consciousness Resources
 Thank you for your feedback on our December Issue! Based on, we will continue to share and re-share resources that will help you continue your journey across the socio-cultural consciousness spectrum. See below for this month's highlighted resources. Special thanks to Micia Mosely, Amy Nelson, and Laura Marie Thompson for their contributions.
  • The National Equity Project - "We work to build culture, conditions, and competencies for excellence and equity in districts, schools, classrooms, nonprofits, and communities. We work with partners across the U.S. and are always seeking new partners who are committed to achieving equity in education. We offer deep, authentic, and supportive partnership, meeting our clients where they are through a range of customized coaching and consulting services." Source: www.
  • White Supremacy and MeThe long anticipated workbook from Layla F. Saad’s #meandwhitesupremacy Instagram challenge is here. Part education, part activation, the Me And White Supremacy Workbook is a first-of-its-kind personal anti-racism tool for people holding white privilege to begin to examine and dismantle their complicity in the oppressive system of white supremacy. Get the workbook - It’s free! Source:
  • The Education TrustThe Education Trust–New York is a statewide education policy and advocacy organization focused first and foremost on doing right by New York’s children. Although many organizations speak up for the adults employed by schools and colleges, we advocate for students, especially those whose needs and potential are often overlooked. Source:
  • African American Quilt Circle - Quilting as an Art Form - An art group with over 60 quilters who living Virginia and Philadelphia. Their goal is that of preserving the heritage of quilting in African American communities by outreach and education about about quilting. They also support local and national humanitarian projects through exhibits. Follow them on Facebook or call them at (19) 683-1709 for more information.
  • Certified Welcoming - This organization evaluates and assesses efforts to provide an inclusive place for all. Candidates submit an application , complete a self-assessment, and receive evaluative site visits and a detailed final report that identifies local strengths and provides a roadmap for areas of growth. Source:
  • Surdna Foundation - The Surdna foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the US - communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, inclusive economies, and thriving cultures. Source:
Upcoming Events:
1.22.19 - National Day of Racial Healing - Visit this link for more information

Curriculum Planning Resources
Looking for resources to help take your instruction to the next level? Check these out!

Illustrative Mathematics - Click here for FREE resources from Open Up, a non-profit organization dedicated to making innovative instructional resources to all

Soul Fire Farm in the City- Lawn to Garden Project - "Deciding to grow some of your own nutritious food is a statement to yourself..." Soul Fire Farm volunteers provide a no-cost raised bed and starter plants to qualifying Capital District Households. Please contact Amani ( for more information. 

Teaching For Black Lives - This latest installment, from Rethinking Schools, is one we are very excited about! Read more about this and many other resources by visiting or connect with your Induction Mentor to order a copy with your Stipend. Copies are also available, on loan, from TR@TC. Contact for more info.

Lee & Low Books - About everyone For everyone - browse through and find award-winning diverse books for beginning readers through teens. They work with schools all over the country. Contact for more information on customized classroom collections, diverse leveled book rooms, and more.

Using a resource you'd like to share? Email us at Subject: Resource Share
Sharing Credit: Brian Inzeo, Micia Mosely, and Laura Marie Thompson
The New Teacher's Corner
Fall is a very busy season for teachers, especially new ones. This often means new teachers put off leveraging all resources available to them. 
Here are the Top 5 things to do this Fall:
1. Meet with your Chapter Leader and ask about the DOE Portal and Pension Account.
2. Register for a Tenure PD with the DOE
3. Set up your DOE Wageworks account! 
4. Get your UFT ID Card
5. Visit and create your profile, check out employee discounts, and learn about professional development offerings.
Stay Connected to TC and access resources!  
  • TC Gmail for LIFE - Activate your TC Gmail account! Set up your UNI (and password) at Then go to and click on myTC in the top right-hand corner to log in.
  • Network with Alumni -
  • Update your info and share your notes:
  • Connect with Alumni Abroad:
  • TC Career Services (TCCS):
  • Alumni FAQs:
Don't forget to stop by Whittier Campus to get your Alumni ID! It grants you access to the library, partner discounts, and many other areas of the school, following graduation.
Sharing Credit: Tara Laohakul 
Tenure and Beyond
Are you up for Tenure? Professional Certification? Don't Know?
Gaining tenure is an important milestone. Having tenure means you can’t be terminated without due process and you’re entitled to a hearing if the Department of Education takes disciplinary action.
Teachers begin working on probation and are generally eligible for tenure at the end of their fourth year. Tenure isn’t automatically granted at the end of your probationary period. To be granted tenure, you must:
  • Be on track to complete all your state certification and city licensing requirements;
  • file an application and receive professional certification;
  • have a record of acceptable service during your probationary period; and
  • be recommended for tenure by your principal.
Your tenure becomes permanent only after you complete all your certification requirements. Visit and sign up for a Tenure PD. Stay on track!
The Lit Corner
Excerpt from Barnes and Nobles Overview: 
Weaving fact and imagery into a rich tapestry, Galeano fuses scientific analysis with the passions of a plundered and suffering people. An immense gathering of materials is framed with a vigorous style that never falters in its command of themes. All readers interested in great historical, economic, political, and social writing will find a singular analytical achievement, and an overwhelming narrative that makes history speak, unforgettably.

This classic is now further honored by Isabel Allende’s inspiring introduction. Universally recognized as one of the most important writers of our time, Allende once again contributes her talents to literature, to political principles, and to enlightenment.
Source: Latin History for Morons/John Leguizamo
PHENOMENAL Teacher, That's Me!
TEACHERS ROCK! Tenacity is truly your middle name, and we are inspired by your commitment to this noble profession. In every newsletter, we'll be sharing pictures and kudos that speak to the PHENOMENAL work you're doing in your schools - Compliments of your Induction Mentors and Colleagues. Want to give a shout out to your TR@TC colleagues? Click here 
Kudos to...

Tara Laohakul, a TESOL educator, for helping her students "understand and appreciate Veterans Day as more than just a day off of school. She invited her fiancé, a U.S. Veteran to visit her 6th grade class." THREE CHEERS FOR TAKING REALIA TO ANOTHER LEVEL!

Interested in pursuing yours? Let us know by emailing
Kudos Credit: Gladys Aponte
Self Care and Sustainability
A Year of Positive Thinking by Cyndie Spiegel
She is described as an outspoken speaker, community builder, and business coach on a mission to empower others to refine their mindsets for good, and help them realize their wildest (most ridiculously inspired) dreams. Her unique blend of straight talk, relate-ability, sass, and inspiration has made her a sought-after speaker for brands, conferences, and events. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her photographer husband and two overly particular cats.

With this book, she seeks to remind us that we can"physically change your brain by consciously changing your thoughts." In your most frustrating and challenging moments, seek positivity and call it into existence. 

*Copies available for loan, from Induction Library and can be ordered with your Induction Stipends (Y1+Y2)
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