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Induction and Beyond 
December-January I Holiday Edition Newsletter
 A message from TR@TC...

In education, December is usually a time of thoughtful reflection, while January is the time to reset and implement the new. As you enter this time of introspection and action, we encourage you to step back and give thought to the rituals and routines that define your classroom spaces. 

In Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain, Zaretta Hammond (2015) defines routines as a method of classroom management, while rituals help to "reinforce [the] inspiration, affirmation, and validation [of your] students." Together, these two contribute to classroom culture. Consider what is working well, what needs to change, and how you will invite students to be a part of this process, in January. 

Wishing you a joyous end to 2019 and an even greater 2020!

The TR@TC Team

Teacher Grant Resources
Travel Grants and International PD Opportunities
Teachers are always looking for new ways to enrich the learning that happens in their classrooms. International experiences are not only a great source of enrichment, but also an opportunity to pause and rejuvenate. Below are are few resources to support you in this endeavor.
Sharing Credits: Wendy Barrales, Suzanne Pratt, and Laura Marie Thompson
Local Grants and Resources
Looking for local funding resources? See below!
Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities
Where The Books Are...
Here are a few of the books we are reading (or re-reading) this month...
Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown
Online Description: "Inspired by Octavia Butler's explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book invites us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. This is a resolutely materialist “spirituality” based equally on science and science fiction, a visionary incantation to transform that which ultimately transforms us."
Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good (Emergent Strategy)
Online Description: "How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life? Author and editor adrienne maree brown finds the answer in something she calls “pleasure activism,” a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work. Drawing on the black feminist tradition, she challenges us to rethink the ground rules of activism..."
Farming While Black by Leah 
Online Description: "...Farming While Black organizes and expands upon the curriculum of the BLFI to provide readers with a concise guide to all aspects of small-scale farming, from business planning to preserving the harvest. Throughout the chapters Penniman uplifts the wisdom of the African diasporic farmers and activists whose work informs the techniques described―from whole farm planning, soil fertility, seed selection, and agroecology, to using whole foods in culturally appropriate recipes, sharing stories of ancestors, and tools for healing from the trauma associated with slavery and economic exploitation on the land. Woven throughout the book is the story of Soul Fire Farm, a national leader in the food justice movement."
Umi and Uma: The Story of Two Mommies and a Baby

Online Description: "The perfect children's book for any household looking to add diverse children's books to their library, Umi and Uma is the story of two mommies and a baby. Written by two real moms raising a new baby, this story within a story explains to baby Abigail how her two mommies decided to start a family in the far away land of Astrin."
Curriculum Planning Resources
Teachers love resources, and we love sharing them! From now on, we will be highlighting 4-5 resources from our TR@TC website, in all future newsletters. See below and feel free to email with special requests
English Language Arts and Social Studies
  • Facing History and Ourselves: In addition to professional development opportunities, facing history offers a wide variety of educational resources that are designed to instill "intellectual vigor and curiosity in the world's secondary school students, by providing ideas and tools that support the needs of teachers."
  • Museum of Food and Drink - MOFAD is self described as “a museum that brings the world of food to life with exhibits you can taste, touch, and smell.” They work to “inspire public curiosity about food, what it means, and how it connects with the world around us.”
  • Youcubed - Youcubed is a nonprofit organization that provides free and affordable K-12 mathematics resources and professional development for educators and parents. This site provides helpful information for thinking about how to meaningful mathematics learning in the classroom and helps to increase understanding of important math concepts in ways that are aligned with Common Core Standards.
The Arts
  • The Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts - LCI focuses on providing opportunities for students and teachers to incorporate the practice of imaginative learning in their classrooms. Teaching artists partner with classroom teachers to design curriculum that is centered around imagination and the arts and also tied to curricular standards for any subject area.
Supporting Immigrants in School 
  • Visit this website for free resources from CUNY IIE Social Media Survival Kit for students
Social Justice and Advocacy
Sharing Credits: Gladys Aponte, Suzanne Pratt, Laura Marie Thompson 
Black Lives Matter at Schools Resources
Website: Click here and connect with this organization, get free resources, and support with questions about enacting BLM curriculum in your schools. Email if you'd like to learn more about getting posters for your classroom. 

Books: The BLM at Schools Group has been working diligently to compile a variety of books that connect to the BLM principles for grades K-12. Click here for a copy of the ongoing list.
Raising Consciousness 
Social Emotional Learning 
SEL is defined as a framework that refers to the building of skills needed to recognize and manage emotions, develop care and concern for others, make responsible decisions, establish and maintain positive relationships, and handle interpersonal situations effectively. These capabilities are critical foundations for academic learning and for a person’s long-term personal and professional success. 
In the following, we share a few resources to support your practice.

Online Resources
The UFT Corner
Here are a few 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 Teacher Retirement account and be sure to contribute to your TDA account!
4. Visit and create your profile, check out employee discounts, and learn about professional development offerings.
Sharing Credits: Amy Nelson

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!
Are you ready to apply for your Professional Certification?
You have five years from the date of your initial teaching certificate to fulfill the requirements for your professional certificate. You should make sure you’re keeping track of your completed requirements by logging into your online TEACH account at the State Education Department website. Do not wait until your fifth year to apply for your professional certificate!

To get your professional certificate, you’ll need to show that you’ve completed the following requirements:
  • A master’s degree;
  • 12 graduate credits in the certificate area’s content core or a related field (if your master’s degree is pedagogical, this 12-credit requirement is already met by the program);
  • Three years of full-time teaching experience;
  • One year of mentored experience; and
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.
Email me at, if you are ready to apply. We can support you with the Institutional Recommendation.

Dual Certification
Are you a graduate of TR@TC? Are you ready to apply for another teaching license? Contact us!! Our certification team will be happy to guide you through the process. Email 
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, this year. Email him at for details.

Teacher Wellness
Yogiando NYC
We are really excited about this month's resource! Not only is it an organization based in the heart of the Washington Heights community, but also one that prides itself in being the first fully bilingual yoga studio. Rosana Rodriguez, a Dominican and native of The Heights, is the founder and instructor of this precious gem. Yogiando NYC is located in the Holyrood Church / Iglesia Santa Cruz on 179th Street between Fort Washington Avenue & Broadway and offers a "gentle but transformative form of yoga, Yin Yoga." Click here for more info. or stop by and check out their FREE Wednesday sessions.

Sharing Credit: George Torres
TC Alumni Connection
Get Your TC Alumni ID and Stay Connected! 
  • Reserve rooms in the TC Library 
  • Activate permanent gmail account
  • Access partner discounts

Sharing Credits: Tara Laohakul
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