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Induction and Beyond 
February I Winter Edition Newsletter
 A message from TR@TC...

In December we invited you to audit the routines and rituals of your classroom, and we hope that this reflective work helped to set the stage for the conversations you had with your students in January. 

Now that we are moving into the second half of the school year, and “testing season” has kicked off at many NYC public schools, we’d like to remind you to lean into the power of positivity. We believe that when you approach this time of year with optimism, your students begin to see these milestones as achievable (and limited) assessments of their skill development. We also encourage you to take the time to have open discussions relating to their hopes and fears about standardized tests. Then, lead them into a reflection of their growth and progress. And finally, be gentle with yourselves; trust that you have adequately prepared your students, and focus your energies on boosting their confidence.

With gratitude for all you do,

The TR@TC Team

Raising Consciousness
February kicks off the Black Live Matter Week of Action!

In an effort to support those who would like to engage in the most intentional ways, we are sharing the following, from the BLM at NYC Schools listserv. If you would like to be added to their email list, please visit their website, by clicking on this link

There are FOUR big ways you can participate in the week of action right at your school:
  1. Use our social media guide and the hashtag #BLMatNYCSchools with students and fellow educators- and get others at your school to use it! The social media guide has prompts for students and educators to lift up the BLM principles and demands every day of the week. This goes such a long way to building the movement by telling your BLM at schools story.
  2. Use the 2020 Black Lives Matter curriculum resource (especially the Activity Book!) We have lesson plans for every subject area, and for grade levels all the way from Early Childhood to Adult Education. If you want any help going through the curriculum resources, let me know, and I'm happy to help you navigate.
  3. Get folks at your school wearing the BLM at schools shirt and using the posters and art!
  4. Attend the BLM at Schools rally on Thursday, February 6th, at Tweed (4pm). Feel free to bring some fellow educators and students from your school! 
Source: Adapted from BLMatNYCSchools listerv
Twitter: @blm_edu_nyc
Instagram: @blm_edu_ny

New York Collective of Radical Educators Inquiry to Action Groups (ItAGs) 2020
The New York Collective of Radical Educators is pleased to offer an opportunity for teachers to build community and develop as activists. Educators will participate in Inquiry to Action Groups linking social justice issues with classroom practice. Small groups will meet weekly (for a total of six, two-hour sessions plus a kick-off and possible conference workshop) between January and March to share experiences, respond to readings, exchange ideas and develop action plans. Click here to learn more.

Please join TR@TC alumna, Maya Alexander, and her Induction Mentor, Wendy Barrales, as they facilitate conversations relating to Ethnic Studies curriculum and envisioning radical possibilities. 

Source: NYCORE
The Anti-Racist White Educators Group (AWE-G) is an affinity group for white educators seeking a safe space within which to examine and discuss race and whiteness; to critically reflect on our own racial identities, understandings and actions around race; and to support each other in confronting and working to undo racism in our schools, in our lives and the larger world. The group’s work is founded in reflection as action. As we reflect together on race and whiteness we provide support to each other in confronting and unpacking our own “baggage,” and push each other to grow as anti-racists. Critical reflection on race and whiteness enables us to see racism as it is perpetuated by white privilege with more clarity. We cultivate humility within ourselves, knowing this is an ongoing process. We support each other in staying open to criticism and growth, while also sharing successes and celebrating when we do grow. Click here to access resources.

Sharing Credit: Laura Marie Thompson
Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship Opportunity
"Founded in 2014, the ICA Fellowship trains mid-career professionals of color for public leadership and management of cultural institutions and nonprofit arts organizations in New York City and across the nation. A noted pioneering initiative in arts advocacy and cultural equity, the ICA Fellowship has been an impetus for radical change in New York City. Now, in its 8th cycle, the Fellowship seeks to involve and increase the number of emerging leaders of color in cultural arts, public policy, and advocacy arts. Fellow-participants will engage through an in-depth series of collaborative exchanges, and assignments that nurture an understanding of historical contexts for the field of cultural arts public policy, offer innovative and progressive thinking, and provide opportunities to meet notable leaders in the field who highlight and utilize language and framework models that address the existing inequity within cultural arts public policy."

Sharing Credit: George Torres
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
The following is a great Opportunity for educators and their students to present on a variety of topics. Click on the source link for more details. 

Travel Award: The Society for Economic Botany
The Society is providing up to 16 travel awards this year for Students/PostDocs and for members from Developing Nations who wish to attend the meeting in Jamaica. These merit-based awards will cover the cost of general conference registration (not including optional field trips) and dorm lodging. The deadline for application is February 21 and decisions will be announced in mid-March. To learn more or to apply, please visit our web site. Applicants must hold a current membership in the Society for Economic Botany.

Sharing Credit: Rosalina Diaz
Local Grants and Resources
Looking for local funding resources? See below!
Upcoming Events and Professional Learning Opportunities
TCICP Professional Development: Spring/Summer
  • Challenging Behavior and Crisis Paraprofessionals is aimed at crisis paras or paraprofessionals from grades PreK to 12. This one-day workshop examines how learning about the brain can help us better understand our students’ behavior and how we can become more effective at both preventing and de-escalating challenging behaviors at school. This workshop will be held on the June Chancellor's Day (June 4) at Teachers College. For more information or to register, click here.
  • Unleashing Learning for All: Teaching for Equity and Justice in Heterogeneous Classrooms is for educators who want to learn to plan curriculum and instruction that offer challenges and support for a wide range of learners. This institute will be from June 29 to July 2 at Battery Park City School. For more information and to register, click here.
  • Co-Teaching and Co-Planning will be August 24, 25, and 26 at Teachers College and is designed for current and new co-teaching pairs who want to deepen their work and begin planning for the year ahead. For more information and to register, click here.
Opportunities for Young People
The following was copied and pasted from

We are happy to inform you that NYC Ladders for Leaders is accepting applications for the summer of 2020. If you are a student looking for valuable work experience and the opportunity to explore your career options, please complete the Ladders application and take the first step to landing your dream internship.

What Does the Program Offer?
Ladders for Leaders gives students the unique opportunity to explore their interests and discover new ones through:
  • Pre-Employment Training: Receive help with résumé and cover letter writing, and interview skills. Learn essential workplace readiness skills and business etiquette.
  • Paid Summer Internships: Paid internship opportunities in a variety of industries that match students’ interests. Gain experience with well-known companies like Boston Consulting Group, Bank of America, Amalgamated Bank, Medidata, Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York, Xandr , and Tishman Speyer.
  • Opportunities to Join our Growing Alumni Network: Our broad network of alumni, post-internship opportunities, and networking events are open only to past participants of the program.
Who is Eligible?
To apply for Ladders for Leaders, you must:
  • Be between the ages of 16 and 21, and currently enrolled in high school or college
  • Have a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 
  • Be a current resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City
  • Have some form of prior work experience, either paid or volunteer
  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States
How to Apply
Please visit to apply to NYC Ladders for Leaders or call 1.800.246.4646 to learn more.

Participant Testimonials:
Please check out our alumni page to see what our former participants have to say about the program.

Sharing credit: Vanessa Paula
TR@TC Reads
Here are a few of the books we are excited about reading this month:
Excerpt from synopsis: "Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At it's core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves."

Sharing Credit: Micia Mosely
Excerpt from synopsis: "Furo Wariboko, a young Nigerian, awakes the morning before a job interview to find that he's been transformed into a white man. In this condition he plunges into the bustle of Lagos to make his fortune. With his red hair, green eyes, and pale skin, it seems he's been completely changed. Well, almost. There is the matter of his family, his accent, his name. Oh, and his black ass. Furo must quickly learn to navigate a world made unfamiliar and deal with those who would use him for their own purposes. Taken in by a young woman called Syreeta and pursued by a writer named Igoni, Furo lands his first-ever job, adopts a new name, and soon finds himself evolving in unanticipated ways."
Excerpt from synopsis: "Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything."

Sharing Credit: Suzanne Pratt
The UFT Corner
Here are a few Things to do during your first year:
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.

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.

How Teachers Can Help Students Cope with Test Anxiety
"Even as more emphasis is being placed on approaches like personalized learning, project-based learning, and competency-based education, there’s no way around the reality that high-stakes testing remains a big deal. Teachers and students alike devote a lot of time and effort in the classroom and at home to preparing for state exams every year because they know a lot is riding on them..." Click here to read more.

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