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

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Induction and Beyond
Teaching Residents @ Teachers College
June 2019 | Spring/Summer Edition Newsletter
CONGRATULATIONS to our newest TR@TC Graduates!!!  

Welcome to Induction, Cohort D.

―Malala Yousafzai

Finals, presentations, certification exams, spring concerts, senior trips, award ceremonies, college decision day, and GRADUATION! 

In the world of education, May and June are the months of many milestones and bittersweet culminations.

But, inside those bittersweet moments, seeds have been planted for new beginnings.

Whether you’re in the classroom, supporting the efforts of classroom teachers, or staying connected to education, we invite you to not only stop and be present, but to also step in and embrace the sweetness that comes with knowing you were a part of someone’s big moment.

Thank you for sharing YOUR big moments with us!

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

Validus Prep and Hudson High School ARE HIRING! 

Click here to see these and several other postings within the TR@TC network.
Looking for great teachers? Please email me at and I’ll share your posting here.
Summer Professional Development
  • June 21st-22nd Teacher Self Care Conference: Join hundreds of educators from across the country make the journey to an event that inspires their soul and rejuvenates their profession. They leave with strategies and best practices for filling their teaching tanks. They learn new ideas for not only delivering instruction that engages students and addresses the most pressing needs as them as professionals.
  • July 8th-9th Project Based Learning: Projects are at the heart of the inquiry structure for Consortium schools. But you may not know how to design your own inquiry-based PBL experience for students, need some help to enhance the work that you are currently doing, OR just need a fresh and new perspective! During this Intensive, we will deep-dive into the whys and hows of project-based learning - designing a meaningful guiding question, selecting a worthwhile topic, and determining a public audience. Furthermore, we will dive into selecting mentor texts and how you might engage your students with experts and fieldwork. You will walk away with a vision, action plan, and draft for designing a gold-standard project!
  • 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
Stay Tuned for our first Summer WELLNESS SERIES!

We would love to hear about the types of workshops you'd like us to host in August Click here to share your feedback!

Sharing Credits: Rebecca Allgire, Aimee Katembo,  and Laura Marie Thompson
Induction Highlights!
Some of the teachers in Cohort B took their classrooms outdoors for a variety of experiential learning opportunities. 

Alia Alsayed-Dilone took her students to Metrograph to watch the Bronx documentary, A Decade of Fire.

Sylvia Moon took her science lab to Uno Pizza, where her students experimented with what they have learned about nutrition and the digestive system, while making their very own pizza pie! Stay tuned for pictures from Tara Laohakul's class, who will be engaging in a similar learning experience. 

See below for some of the images they've shared, and please feel free to share yours!
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: American Born Chinese
Synopsis:  Jin Wang is the only Asian American boy in his new school; Danny is a young man deeply embarrassed by his visiting Chinese cousin, portrayed deliberately by the author as an ethnic cliché; and the Monkey King, a figure from Chinese lore, is desperate to be treated like a god. This humorous, insightful story relates how three characters overcome hurdles to find satisfaction within themselves. A wonderful take on the coming-of-age genre and the challenges of assimilation.
Editorial Review: When Pacy's mom tells her that this is a good year for friends, family, and "finding herself," Pacy begins searching right away. As the year goes on, she struggles to find her talent, deals with disappointment, makes a new best friend, and discovers just why the Year of the Dog is a lucky one for her after all.

This funny and profound book is a wonderful debut novel by award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator Grace Lin, and young readers will be sure to love and treasure it for years to come.

Overview: This research anthology is the third volume in a series sponsored by the Special Interest Group -Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans (SIG-REAPA) of the American Educational Research Association and National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education. This series explores and explains the lived experiences of Asian and Pacific Americans as they attend schools, build communities and claim their place in U.S. society, and blends the work of well-established Asian American scholars with the voices of emerging researchers.

Editorial Review:  The second edition of this popular book adds important new research on how racial stereotyping is gendered and sexualized. New interviews show that Asian American men feel emasculated in America’s male hierarchy. Women recount their experiences of being exoticized, subtly and otherwise, as sexual objects. The new data reveal how race, gender, and sexuality intersect in the lives of Asian Americans. The text retains all the features of the renowned first edition, which offered the first in-depth exploration of how Asian Americans experience and cope with everyday racism. The book depicts the “double consciousness” of many Asian Americans—experiencing racism but feeling the pressures to conform to popular images of their group as America’s highly achieving “model minority.”

Overview: The achievement, schooling, and the ethnic identities of Asian American students are among the core areas in the field of Asian American education, yet there is much that remains to be uncovered, verified, contradicted, and learned through sound research, especially as the Asian American population rapidly increases in size and in the diversification of its characteristics. The chapters in this book present cutting-edge work in these three areas and contain innovative perspectives, new qualitative and quantitative data, and discussions of the implications of findings.

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 Spring:
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
During this year's EdXEd NYC Conference, I had the privilege of attending a workshop on Culturally Responsive Mindfulness in the Classroom, and was blown away by the following message: "Being culturally responsive means taking the time to learn about your students' lives, and not only inviting them to practice mindfulness, but to support them in making this practice their own. So, that when they leave your classroom, these tools for self-preservation go with them."(paraphrased) Check out this amazing resource created by middle school educator, Curtis Smith. 
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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