Subject: TR@TC Induction | MAY 2020 I Spring Edition Newsletter

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Induction and Beyond 
MAY 2020 I Spring Edition Newsletter
A message from TR@TC...

Borrowing from the words of wisdom offered by a mental health expert, Angelo Ortiz, during a recent live streamed chat on psychology and communities of color, we invite you to enter the month of May with these three words:

Release the worries about circumstances that are beyond your control, and allow yourselves (and your students) to invite creativity, positivity, and joy into the uncertainty that surrounds us. Hydrate with abandon, because teachers know, better than anyone, just how magical it is to be able to drink “all the water” and because water supports digestion, regeneration, and deep thinking. And while you focus on these three words, we encourage you to ask yourselves the following questions:

  • What can engagement look like in the remote learning space?
  • What new opportunities does being in the homes of your students offer, as you approach the end of the school year?
  • How can you collectively prioritize wellness in the coming months?
  • What do you (and your students) care about right now?

We cannot overlook how challenging this academic year has been for all members of the school community, especially those who looked forward to graduation ceremonies, prom, and other milestones that make up the very fabric of the academic spaces we inhabit. What we can do is persevere and believe that together we can make this crisis into a time of learning, growth, and connection. 

In closing we offer our heartfelt gratitude and commitment to continue supporting your endeavors to nurture, protect, and teach the children of this great city-and beyond.

Yours in appreciation,
The TR@TC Team

Birds of Spring: Image Source
Teacher Vacancies
Several NYC schools have confirmed that they will still be looking to fill a number of positions for the 2020-2021 school year. Highlighting four of them below. Please visit our Google Sites job posting page for more information, and additional postings. 
If you'd like to share a vacancy, please email with details. 
Raising Consciousness
Teacher as Activist 
  • Alliance for Quality Education Activist Toolkit - Here you will find resources to support you, your students, and their families in raising awareness about the NYS educational budget cuts and other issues concerning education right now.
  • Education Budget Cuts Tool Kit - Here you will find graphics, hashtags, sample tweets, and other resources to support activism through social media.
  • MORE Caucus-UFT - Here are the slides from the "30 Minutes of NYS Budget Action" meeting. Be sure to check them out for concrete actions steps and resources.
  • Understanding the NYS Budget Changes - Click here for a full explanation. 
  • The North Star Fund - Visit this site for a list of calls to action and ways to get involved
Sharing Credits: Laura Marie Thompson
Youth Activism
From website:  "We seek a society in which more Black, Latinx, Asian American, and Native American youth are able to advocate for policies and candidates that improve their safety, their education, and their futures.

To do so, we want to support those of you who are prioritizing the needs of underrepresented voices in the political process. We aim to support efforts that advance the knowledge, skills, and engagement of young people of color towards greater civic participation and political activism.

This work is being done with the interests, identities, and life experiences of young people of color front and center and using creative and innovative strategies including, but not limited to media, technology, online campaigns, and grassroots organizing to achieve your goals."

Sharing Credit: Sarita Covington
Support Teaching Artists
Many artists and healers are experiencing food and shelter insecurity, as a result of the closures and cancellations triggered nationwide by the COVID-19 pandemic. Consider hiring teaching artists to supplement the learning in your classrooms- especially artists of color, who reportedly suffer the most during economic contractions. Here are a few resources to support in this endeavor:
Sharing Credits: Laura Marie Thompson
Helping Hands, Helping Hearts
Consider donating to charitable organization or participating in the #ShareMyCheck initiative. 
*These are just a few of the many organizations seeking funding to support communities in need.

Sharing our stories
For most education professionals, this has been a time of hyperactivity, as we rush to the aid and support of our school communities, families, and friends. We encourage you and your students to pause and allow yourselves time to reflect and document your lived experiences; it is important that the voices of all communities be reflected in the narratives surrounding this time in history. 
  • Citizen Archivists - This is a work in progress initiative that endeavors to collect, curate, and preserve the narratives of all community members, during the global pandemic. Please email, if you'd like to contribute with your students.
  • The Women of Color Archive - This labor of love was birthed by Induction Mentor and Scholar, Wendy Barrales, in an effort to document and preserve the powerful, intergenerational stories of women of color. If you'd like to learn more about how you can contribute to this project, please email
  • Siembra Initiative - A grassroots program of Sofrito Media Group that creates free or low cost training opportunities for entrepreneurs, small business, non profit organizations, art circles and community activists to increase their social footprint and elevate influence online. If you want to book a virtual session or wish to donate to the Siembra Initiative, please email
Pictured above: The Griot, the community historian or artistic storyteller, originating from West African cultures. Image source

Sharing credits: Wendy Barrales, Suzanne Pratt, George Torres
Teacher Grant Resources
From website: "Are you working to increase voter registration at local high schools? Are you supporting issue awareness at HBCUs? Perhaps you’re trying to develop a digital strategy in response to Covid-19 to reach Latinx students?  If this sounds like you or you’re engaged in similar work in supporting young people of color with voting, voter registration, civic education, or community outreach — you should apply for up to $10,000!"
Sharing Credit: Sarita Covington
Upcoming Events and Professional Learning Opportunities
May is Teacher Appreciation Month at TR@TC
The health and wellbeing of educators is at the heart of our priorities during this pandemic, and as teachers continue to go above and beyond, in an effort to provide their students with quality instruction. It is for this reason that we are inviting education professionals, from all walks of life to come together and "fill their cups with wellness" in the month of May.
  • Days: 5/4-through 5/28 - Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (except for memorial day)
  • Time: 5:00-5:45pm
This is made possible through a partnership with Success In Motion and Campus District-Charter Partnerships. Click here to sign up 
Virtual Professional Learning Workshops
Need virtual coaching on a specific topic? Email us at, to participate in one of our virtual coaching small groups with veteran educator Amy Serda-King, of Success In Motion.
Virtual Events
Sharing Credit:  Wendy Barrales, Lum Fube, Alfonso Perez, Christian Wu
TR@TC Community Conversations
In these chaotic times, we as teachers are doing our best to make sure our students' needs, both academic and social/emotional, are met, but this looks like a lot of different things now, and we're all having to make adjustments. If you're interested in joining facilitated community conversations on topics such as adapting lessons to digital platforms, using technology responsibly and fostering media literacy, supporting your students' social/emotional well-being, or committing to taking care of your own social/emotional well-being, we invite you to join these sessions! 
Email us at to have your name added to our mailing list.
Curriculum Resources
Special Education Resources
What do special needs accommodations look like in the remote learning space? Here we offer some resources to help you answer this question. 
Sharing Credit: Wendy Barrales
English Language Learner Supports
Sharing Credits: Lum Fube
Tech Tools for Lesson Planning and Student Feedback
  • Zite Board - Whiteboard website which works on any device: laptops, tablets, mobile devices – optimized for both iPad's Safari and Google Chrome on laptops.
  • Kialo Edu - Supports discourse in the classroom, currently free for all educators.
  • Cult of Pedagogy - Everything you need to know about Screencast Video
  • Loom - Record your screen, voice, and face to create an instantly shareable video
  • Vocaroo - Great tool for verbal feedback
  • EdPuzzle - Make any video into a lesson
  • Nearpod - Save prep time by importing existing lessons (pdfs, jpegs, ppts) and adding Virtual Field Trips, Collaborate boards, Quizzes, Polls, Matching Pairs activities + more.
Sharing Credits: Wendy Barrales, Rosalina Diaz, Tracy Wu
Content Area Online Teaching Resources
Community Resources
Sharing Credits: Joselyn Martinez, Alfonso Perez, Suzanne Pratt, George Torres
TR@TC Literary Spotlight
Featured Source: Word Up Community Bookshop #quarantine Reads

Excerpt from Synopsis: "Afterlife is a compact, nimble, and sharply droll novel. Set in this political moment of tribalism and distrust, it asks: What do we owe those in crisis in our families, including—maybe especially—members of our human family? How do we live in a broken world without losing faith in one another or ourselves? And how do we stay true to those glorious souls we have lost?"

Excerpt from Synopsis: "Rich with hard-won wisdom and humanity, set in locales from Miami and Port-au-Prince to a small unnamed country in the Caribbean and beyond, Everything Inside is at once wide in scope and intimate, as it explores the forces that pull us together, or drive us apart, sometimes in the same searing instant."

Excerpt from Synopsis: "Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people..."

Join other Elizabeth Acevedo fans for the virtual book launch on May 5th. Click here to RSVP.
The UFT Corner
Resources to Support you RIGHT NOW

Spiritual Wellness for Women
From Website: "FULL Collective is a community devoted to purposefully and collectively creating room for women to truly grow into their FULL selves through relationships, resources, gatherings, meaningful products, and retreats and make an impact!"
From website: "We believe everyone deserves access to a free daily meditation practice. Which is why we publish the world's largest collection of free guided meditations, with over 45,000 titles."

Instant Meditation tip: 
In the TIMER setting, select duration, change Ambient Sound to Zen Guitar and Ending Bell to Basu, find a comfortable spot to sit or lie down, and press START.

Sharing Credit: Micia Mosely
Liberate: Meditation App for Black and The African Diaspora
From Website:  "We have different forms of content that all facilitate in healing and raising the awareness of our community. Meditation teachers, academics, medical researches, authors, and Indigenous leaders from all around the world are contributing to the Liberate platform."

Sharing Credit: Micia Mosely
For the Little Ones
Sesame Street - A specially produced video in which Sesame characters ask questions about COVID19, including dealing with emotions and coping with the loss of loved ones. Episode 5 names racial disparities!

Suggested Action Steps
  1. Share this with families
  2. Incorporate snippets of this into your remote teaching. 
  3. Use as discussion guide, or refer to this when answering questions.
Sharing credit: Gladys Aponte
Other Resources
  • Zentangles - Don't have a coloring book? Try making your own zentangle!
  • COVID SEL Support Lessons for All Ages - The Moriningside Center
  • Herbal Remedies - Click here for a guide created by Induction Mentor, and Certified Botanist Dr.Rosalina Diaz
  • Random Acts of Kindness - Find various ways to spread love and kindness
  • Smiling Mind is a non-for-profit web and app-based meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into your life. 
Source: Rosalina Diaz, Vanessa Paula, Laura Marie Thompson 
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 Credit: Tara Laohakul
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