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

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Induction and Beyond
Teaching Residents @ Teachers College
May 2019 | Spring Edition Newsletter
The count down begins! 7 ½ weeks left until the end of the school year! 

As you make your way towards that finish line, be sure to make time to celebrate your students’ accomplishments.

In the following you’ll find resources for post-testing engagement activities, curriculum planning, and professional development events taking place between June and August.

With gratitude for all you do,

The TR@TC Team

Is your school looking for amazing teachers?

Please email me at and I’ll share your posting here.
Summer Professional Development
  • June 21st-22nd Teacher Self Care ConferenceJoin 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
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!
Shifting gears this month to highlight our Induction Mentoring Community. They have been rocking it out this Spring, with several presentations at various conferences! See below for a few images.
Pictured above:  AERA 2019 Conference: Robert Robinson (Induction Mentor) and Vincent Pham (TR@TC Alumnus, Cohort B) 

Mentor and Mentee go to AERA!
Vincent Pham:
  • Atravesando Fronteras! Dreamers, Border-Crossing Pedagogies, and Immigrant Spaces of Belonging

Robert Robinson:
  • Black Power, Black Schools, and Radical Multicultural Reform
  • Radical Black Futurities: Ruminations and Echoes

Induction Mentors Present  at AERA
Gladys Aponte: 
  • Raising Our Voices: Community-Minded Latinx Educators Reflect on Clinical Practices in Neoliberal Times
Micia Mosely: 
  • Triennial Travesties 2019
Pictured above: Induction Mentor, Gladys Aponte
NYS Bilingual Conference - Presented with 4 teachers from Dos Puentes Elementary School. Chancellor Carranza is seen here and is said to have been very impressed with their work around Translanguaging.
Curriculum Planning Resources
Published Curriculum

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 -

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, and Laura Marie Thompson
The New Teacher's Corner
Here are a few Things to do this Winter:
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!
5. Visit and create your profile, check out employee discounts, and learn about professional development offerings.

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? Professional Certification? Don't Know?
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:
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.
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.
The Lit Corner: Teacher Sustainability 
Benefits of Nature in Childhood 
From the author: This book evolves around the importance of nature as a healthy and stimulating environment for children's development. Nature has a unique potential as a platform for children to grow and experiment. The book emphasizes the immanent curiosity of the child and its natural need for movement and how we can optimize the conditions for children's development outdoors. The possibility of both risky play and sensuous stimulation that nature provides for us, supports the health-promoting pedagogical foundation that is necessary for the healthy development of the child. This book is relevant for parents and professionals as well as others that might have an interest in the multiple ways in which nature benefits human development.  Click here for amazon link or email to reserve/borrow a copy.
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
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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