Subject: TR@TC Induction | March 2020 I Winter Edition Newsletter

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Induction and Beyond 
March 2020 I Winter Edition Newsletter
 A message from TR@TC...

Here's to hoping you're harnessing the power of the lion, as we enter the month of March. Last month we shared our thoughts on the importance of providing opportunities for your students to share their hopes and fears about upcoming standardized assessments and milestones. 
This month, we would ask you to prioritize YOUR self care; get enough sleep, meditate, stretch, nourish your body inside and out. But most of all, surround yourself with the people and things that bring you joy, because a happy teacher is better able to create a happy space for learning 

With gratitude for all you do,

The TR@TC Team

Raising Consciousness
March is Women's History Month!
Below are a few resources we hope you'll engage with as you consider the ways in which you can support your students in disrupting dominant narratives about the roles of women in our society and the world at large. 
Literary Ladies Guide

Excerpt from website: Literary Ladies Guide was started in 2012 as an outgrowth of Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life, a book by Nava Atlas, writer, visual artist, designer — and major book nerd.

Our goal: To be the web’s most comprehensive resource on classic women’s literature, focusing mainly on women who wrote in the English language, as well as global authors who were translated extensively.

Our mission: To elevate the voices and stature of women writers, and to be inspired by those who came before us. Literary Ladies Guide honors the contributions of women to literature and literary history.

Our hope: To inspire readers and writers from all walks of life through the lives and words of the women authors of the past, and to help readers discover or rediscover those who have been forgotten or under-appreciated.

And for fun and education: We also present articles on literary travels, the bookish life, and advice for writers, mainly from the classic women authors represented on the site.

Click here for a copy of their newsletter titled: 6 Classic African-American Women You Should Know About

Source: Literary Ladies Guide website - Don't forget to join their mailing list!
The New York Historical Society
Excerpt from website: Our Center for Women’s History is the first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a major museum. At the Center, we explore the lives and legacies of women who have shaped and continue to shape the American experience. As a hub for scholarship and education, the Center demonstrates how women across the spectrum of race, class, and sexuality exercised power and effected change. Guided by a committee of distinguished historians and informed by the latest research, the Center features permanent installations, temporary exhibitions, and a vibrant array of talks and programs, enriching the cultural landscape of New York City and creating new opportunities for historical discovery.

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Induction Spotlight
Isabela (Belle) Espinal, a graduate of TR@TC Cohort C and educator at the Hamilton Grange MS, took co-teaching to a new level when she decided to engage in a cross-content collaboration with a teacher from the Hunter Science HS. Following Dominican Independence Day, this "dream team" joined forces to provide their students with a nurturing space to explore their cultural identities and create original works of art to share with their friends and families at the Amsterdam Collective Casa De Cultura. Pictured below is the dream team (Nick Kozak and  Bell Espinal) along with a piece from the student exhibit.

Tell us about what's going on in your classrooms! 
Email to share (we love invites!)
 "In our work, we are talking about stereotypes and how we interact with them differently. Sometimes we overcome them and sometimes we succumb to them without knowing. This project was celebrating the identity that we have for ourselves. Sometimes you have to tear yourself up in order to build yourself up." 
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 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
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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
Curriculum Resources
New Visions Teacher Blog 
Excerpt from website

Our Purpose
These routines are designed to tackle literacy barriers that students encounter across content levels. Routines have the power not only to give students multiple and rich experiences in learning but also to transfer ownership of learning to the students themselves. In this way, students are free from the need to depend on teachers for access to knowledge. This transition in learning behavior also allows teachers to listen and observe their students in action.

We provide concrete examples that inspire literacy-based activities among teacher teams and students. Just as we see sharing routines as a hand-off of expertise to students, they can live and grow with your school teams, customized by you, for you. Click here to learn more.

Mil Mundos Bookstore
Expert from the website:
The idea for Mil Mundos Books came about in the Fall of 2018, when construction for newer, over-priced housing was finally spilling over Myrtle Ave into eastern Bushwick, and new businesses in the area were popping up catering primarily to those moving into said housing. But, what about the community of folks already living in Bushwick? Does your community still feel like your own, when you are surrounded by constant work being done to your neighborhood, none of which seems to be for you?

We wanted to create a business with a commitment to accessibility and a mission of empowering those already in the neighborhood. Enter Mil Mundos Books: currently the only bookstore in Bushwick east of Myrtle Ave, with nearly 50% of its titles available in Spanish - the dominant language spoken in Bushwick. We curate for those seeking empowerment through literature, workshops, events, and the sustenance of community. A space where two people can talk excitedly in any language without being told to keep the volume down; where culture is celebrated and held close. Accessibility for those already present in our community is a priority for us, regardless of means.

During a time where engaging with real estate feels completely inaccessible, and entire neighborhoods are being offered up by our elected officials to tech companies bargaining for the best cash deal, we at Mil Mundos feel there is no better option than to hold ground, and insist on making a space where Black, Latinx and Indigenous heritage can be celebrated and explored.

Sharing Credit: George Torres
TR@TC Literary Spotlight
A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea by Melissa Fleming
Excerpt from synopsis: This emotionally charged, eye-opening true story that represents the millions of unheard voices of refugees who risk everything in a desperate search for the promise of a safe future. In the midst of the most pressing international humanitarian crisis of our time, Melissa Fleming paints a vivid, unforgettable portrait of the triumph of the human spirit. Read more...

The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
Excerpt from synopsis: A dazzling story of gender, strength, friendship, and second chances, The Secrets Between Us is a powerful and perceptive novel that brilliantly evokes the complexities of life in modern India and the harsh realities faced by women born without privilege as they struggle to survive. Read more...
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned To Read
Excerpt from synopsis: In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, she was married and had her first child. By age 68, she had worked numerous jobs, including cooking, cleaning, babysitting, and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church. At 114, she was the last remaining member of her family. And at 116, she learned to read. Read more...

Sharing credits: Suzanne Pratt
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen 
by Jazz Jennings

Excerpt from synopsis: In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. But it hasn't all been easy. Jazz has faced many challenges, bullying, discrimination, and rejection, yet she perseveres as she educates others about her life as a transgender teen. Read more...

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.

Happy Teacher Revolution
Excerpt from website: Happy Teacher Revolution is a Baltimore-born, international movement with the mission to support the mental health and wellness of teachers. We train Revolutionaries around the world to initiate Happy Teacher Revolution support group meetings in their own communities. The Happy Teacher Revolution is a network of teachers – a network that serves as a support system for teachers who are struggling with the shame, blame, guilt and difficulties of balancing an incredibly demanding profession with their own sense of self and happiness. Often, teachers are asked to give so much in terms of time, money, and emotional capacity. We strive to empower teachers to push back on these expectations in hopes of them striking a balance between excellent teaching and personal sustainability. Learn more...

Other Wellness Resources
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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