Subject: TR@TC Induction | March, 2019 | Winter Edition Newsletter

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Induction and Beyond
Teaching Residents @ Teachers College
March  2019 | Winter Edition Newsletter
It is said that March weather comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. This could also be said in terms of teaching. March tends to be the month in which teachers tend to feel the “Winter Blues” the most. It is also the moment in which students feel the full weight of the stress and pressure associated with standardized testing. 

As we enter this lioness of the calendar year, consider ways in which you can rejuvenate yourself, while also providing your students with spaces for playful engagement with learning.

In our March Newsletter, you’ll find several resources to support you in this endeavor, as well as curriculum resources to help you celebrate Women’s History Month.

With gratitude for all you do to make this world a better place for all learners,

The TR@TC2 Induction Team

Is your school looking for amazing teachers?

Please email me at and I’ll share your posting here.
Co-Working and Professional Development
  • March 19th - Black Teacher Project Meet-up @ Bettina Love Book talk - Schomburg Center for Research in Black RSVP
  • April 25th - Planning a StayCation this Spring? Looking for a place to plan and connect with others? Come to Teachers College! We'll be reserving a room from 10:00am - 4:00pm. Stay tuned for details.
  • June - Don’t wait to sign up for this Educational Conference: EdExEd - NYC 
We would love to hear about the types of workshops you'd like us to host in March, April, May!  Click here to share your feedback!

Sharing Credits: Micia Mosely, Vanessa Paula, and Steven Saidenberg
Raising Consciousness
Literacy is LIT in the Bronx!!! Check out Noëlle Santos’ bookstore lounge in the heart of the "boogie down." Not only is it a great place for adult readers, but the owner is open to collaborations with classroom teachers. Connect, promote, and be sure to visit this wonderful addition to the Bronx.

Excerpt from The Lit Bar website: 

The Lit. Bar is slated to be the only bookstore in Boogie Down Bronx, launching in the fall of 2018. Our venue will encourage curious readers and welcome literary, art, and community gatherings--connecting the great pastimes of social drinking and introverted reading. What better way to loosen our tongues and talk about the books we love? We will offer a carefully curated selection of general books, gift items, programming, and create original media content, which emphasize local interest and diversity for all ages.

To create a haven that inspires reading, encourages healthy social interaction, highlights diverse voices, and increases intellectual visibility in the Bronx.

Black Lives Matter at Schools
Please click here to stay informed and stay tuned for updates
The below is a preview of events taking place during BLM @ Schools Action Week – Stay tuned for detailed information
Curriculum Planning Resources
Here are some resources that will help breath life into your classroom in the dead of winter!

Supporting English Language Learners
In addition to being a resource for project based assessments, The New York Performance Standards Consortium offers free resources for providing ELLs accommodations and supporting oral presentations in your classroom. Click here.

Project Cicero is an annual book drive that aims to help under-resourced New York City public schools create and enhance classroom and school libraries. Log in and reserve your slot TODAY! 

Testing Slump? - Check out these interactive strategies to help support your students this month. Click here.

Science Teachers: Looking for more interactive ways to teach content vocabulary? Check out this strategy from TYWLS Harlem. Click here.

SKYPE a Scientist: This organization aims to connect Science teachers with Scientists around the globe. Click here to learn more. 

Women’s History Month: Visit the National Education Association website for free resources to help support your planning. Click here.

Sharing Credits: Alexandra Belliveau, Ava Javid, Vanessa Paula, and Laura Marie Thompson

The New Teacher's Corner
Here are a few Things to do this Winter:
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 Teacher Retirement account and be sure to contribute to your TDA account!
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!

Stay informed about Teacher Ed News in the U.S. and Abroad:
Considering Pursuing National Board Certification?
After completing your 3rd year of teaching, you may want to apply for this advanced ,and prestigious, certification.  Devon Shaw, a TR@TC Alumnus, will be leading a National Board Certification workshop, in the Spring. Email me at if you'd like to be a part of it!
The Lit Corner: Women's History Month
Excerpt from synopsis: “...The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed...” 

We currently have two copies available in the Induction library (First Come, First Serve for Alumni of year 3 or later). If you are in Induction, please contact your mentor to reserve a copy with your stipend.

Looking for personal reading options? Check out this list from Barnes and Nobles
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...
“[Learning partnerships] are anchored in affirmation, mutual respect, and validation that marginalized students not only can but will improve their school achievement (Gay, 2001).” We congratulate Kamil Ghoshal for creating an environment in which students are not only held to high expectations, but are developing the soft skills necessary to help them persevere through academic challenges. Here is a photo of his ELA class: Crotona University, in which pennants from various universities are displayed as a symbol of affirmation of his English language learners’ ability to succeed.  
Kudos Credit: Alfonso Perez
Self Care and Sustainability
Mindfulness Tools

Mindful Schools offers great videos and other multimedia tools to support this practice in your classroom. Click here.

Mandala and Meditation: If your students have trouble meditating or participating in breathing exercises, offer them the option of silently coloring a mandala instead. This is also a very good tool to help students stay calm on testing days. Click here.

Brain Breaks: Your students are being bombarded with information from various channels, on a regular basis. One way to help them retain the information they learn, is to create space for brain breaks, in your lessons. Click here for resources and strategies to support this crucial learning booster.

Oprah and Deepak: are at it again! Click here to access their new FREE 21-Day Meditation experience.

Looking for more ways to rejuvenate yourself this winter? Click here.

Sharing Credit: Vanessa Paula
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