Subject: TR@TC Induction | July, 2019 | Spring Edition Newsletter

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Induction and Beyond
Teaching Residents @ Teachers College
July 2019 | Summer Edition Newsletter
Dear Educators,

July marks the initial phase of your rejuvenation cycle. As you enter this much needed time of rest and relaxation, we hope you are taking time to pause from curriculum planning and letting go of the long list of unfinished tasks in your teacher planners.

Summer is the time to do just that; to fill your cup, so as to later have the energy and disposition to plan for and face any challenges that present themselves.

As the saying goes, “You can’t pour from and empty cup.” Here’s to doing what fills yours with joy, inspiration, and love.

With gratitude for all you do,
The TR@TC Team

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Summer Professional Development
  • July - Music Workshop for Educators: Music educators who work in schools and communities with K–12 students strengthen their skills in a series of professional training and musical activities in the Resnick Education Wing
  • July 8th-11th - Problem Solving and PBATs: A performance-based assessment task should be a summative, non-routine, complex problematic scenario that allows for multiple avenues of problem solving. A PBAT is a final task in which a student demonstrates his or her ability to think and reason mathematically. It should reflect a student’s highest level of mathematical thinking and understanding.
  • July 8th-12th -Consortium Civics Curriculum: This will be a collaborative effort of teachers across the Consortium schools. Our goal is to create a course that will engage students, deepen their understanding of the strengths and flaws of our democratic system, the historical evolution of our institutions, and their role as citizens and potential as influencers of the system.
  • July 8th-12th - LOTE: Engaging Authenticiy in Language Classrooms: Textbook's gone, now what? How can our curriculum and materials better reflect our beliefs in immersive pedagogy and project-based learning?
  • July 14th-20th - Slavery in the Colonial North Institute: In July 2019, Historic Hudson Valley presents a National Endowment for the Humanities institute for K-12 teachers, exploring the subject of slavery in the colonial north. Participants in the institute will explore both the institutional and personal sides of enslavement, understanding how slavery emerged under Dutch law and expanded and became codified under English rule. The institute will present the institution of slavery as interwoven throughout colonial development, as opposed to its usual compartmentalization in the mid-19th century American South
  • July 17th-19th - National Museum of The American Indian Summer Institute.
  • August - TR@TC Summer Wellness Series: During the month of August, we will be hosting a 2-4 day series of wellness based workshops aimed at supporting your transition into the new school year. Please stay tuned for email invitation with details. 
Sharing Credits: Rebecca Allgire, Aimee Katembo,  and Laura Marie Thompson
Looking for other Summer PD opportunities?
Check out these popular resources:
Induction Highlights!
We are thrilled to learn more about the various ways in which you've been creating experiential learning opportunities for your students. 

Please see below for some of the images shared in June.  
Tara Laohakul takes her Science lab to the pizza shop! 
The students of IS 10Q (The Greeley Greens school) participated in a pizza making workshop that enlisted the key elements of nutrition and the digestive system, to create a fun and edible learning experience. For more information about how you can arrange for a similar experience for your students, please email me at
The Peace Poets visit Crotona High School
The students of Zoë Ayoubi's English class had the opportunity to engage in a powerfully engaging and interactive poetry workshop with Frank Lopez and Enmanuel Candelario, of The Peace Poets collective. For more information or to connect with these artistic advocates, please email me at
Rebecca Fitle's students discuss the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
This June Grace Webster from Arte led Rebecca Fitle's 9th grade ENL students in a workshop inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Urban Assembly Institute for Math and Science for Young Women. Students worked in groups to use the universal language of art to communicate the essence of the declaration.
Raising Consciousness
We want our newsletter to be representative of the diversity that lives in our Induction community. Throughout the year, we'll be highlighting culturally diverse resources within this section. Please reach out to me if you have a resource you'd like us to include. 

Pictured Here: Diary of a Part-time Indian
Synopsis:  Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Curriculum Planning Resources
Curriculum Planning Resources:

The Met - Did you know that there are a variety of free resources available through The Met's website? Visit their website for free lesson plans, to images, and field trip guides.

Teaching Tolerance - Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants. ~Excerpt

NYS Performance ConsortiumThe New York Performance Standards Consortium was founded two decades ago on the belief that there was a better way to assess student learning than dependence upon standardized testing. Instead of basing a student’s future on a one-day (or two- or three-day) test, an assessment system should reflect a fuller picture of what students know and can do. ~Excerpt 

YC Teen - Visit this website for ELA lessons based on real-life stories by teens, and much more! Check it out! "It's all Relative"


5 Practices for Orchestrating Task-Based Discussions in Science- Robust and effective classroom discussions are essential for providing students with opportunities to simultaneously engage in science practices while learning key science content. ~Excerpt

Routines for Reasoning: Fostering the Mathematical Practices in All Students - Routines can keep your classroom running smoothly. Now imagine having a set of routines focused not on classroom management, but on helping students develop their mathematical thinking skills. Routines for Reasoning provides expert guidance for weaving the Standards for Mathematical Practice into your teaching by harnessing the power of classroom-tested instructional routines. ~Excerpt

Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning - Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners. ~Excerpt

Field Trip and Teaching Artist Resources -

The American Museum of Natural History - Did you know that admission to the T-Rex, Butterfly, and other attractions is FREE for ALL NYC DOE Schools? - Their field trips department will happily support you in planning your next visit. Contact us for more information. 

Museum of Food and Drink - MOFAD is a new kind of museum that brings the world of food to life with exhibits you can taste, touch, and smell. We inspire public curiosity about food, what it means, and how it connects with the world around us. ~Excerpt

Metrograph Theatre - Metrograph is a unique experience of seeing prestigious films; of stepping into a special, curated world of cinema, a world of hospitality harkening back to the great New York movie theaters of the 1920s, as well as the Commissaries of the Hollywood Studio back lots, a world inhabited by movie professionals screening their work, taking meetings, watching films. It’s the ultimate place for movie enthusiasts. ~Excerpt

Arts Connection - Arts Connection has provided innovative arts programming to millions of students in the New York City public school system, enhancing children’s intellectual, personal and social growth, while developing award-winning educational models. Arts Connection’s programming for students, professional development, and research all contribute to a comprehensive approach, nationally recognized for its quality, design and impact across diverse learning communities. ~Excerpt

The Peace Poets - The Peace Poets are family born of Hip Hop, heart, and hope in New York City. Some have been friends since as early as three years old and over time they have built an artist collective of poets, Hip Hop performers, and educators founded on this friendship and their common love for community and creative expression. ~Excerpt

Email me at for more!

Sharing Credits: Ava Javid, Alfonso Perez, Laura Marie Thompson, and Cristina Trowbridge
The New Teacher's Corner
Here are a few Things to do this Summer:
1. Register for a Tenure PD with the DOE
2. Set up your Teacher Retirement account and be sure to contribute to your TDA account!
3. Visit and create your profile, check out employee discounts, and learn about professional development offerings.
4. Visit and learn more about CTLE credits and how you can use these to help you reach your "plus 30" goals.

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 reserve rooms in 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? 
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:
Professional Certification 
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.
National Board Certification 
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 him at if you'd like to be a part of it! The next meeting is taking place on Saturday, May 18th, 2019.
WHERE will your students read this summer?
Summer slide is real! Why not plan a field trip to a local bookstore, before the school year is over!?
Here are are few locations to get you started:
Lit Bar - Bronx
Self Care and Sustainability
"In May 2015, The Educator’s Room publicly launched the Teacher Self- Care Conference in an effort to undercut the devastating bi-effects of stress on teachers. Determined to help teachers manage the stress and unrelenting responsibilities of what it means to be a teacher, The Teacher Self-Care Conference was launched." (Excerpt from website)

This past June, we had the opportunity to visit one iteration of this conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and we were inspired by the honest dialogue, multitude of resources, and the variety of teachers we engaged with. In the 2019-2020 school year, we hope to support TR@TC alumni in attending. Additionally, If you are are in your first or second year of Induction, please note you may use your PD stipend to cover registration to this event. 

In the meantime, we'd like to highlight one organization that not only provides useful centering tools, but also offers a free mailing list with daily/weekly tips. MAKO Mindfulness was founded by Amanda Muhammad, a stress management consultant and mindfulness trainer. Her goal is to support teachers in recognizing and managing stress effectively. Please click here for her website and be sure to sign up for her daily tips!
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