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Induction and Beyond 
November 2019 I Fall Edition Newsletter
A message from TR@TC...

Less than 60 days till year 2020 and we are so excited about what's in store!

As we recently shared, TR@TC was awarded the 2019 TQP grant, which will enable us to continue preparing teachers to enter NYC classrooms for another 5 years!!

2020 will also mark the 10 year anniversary of the Teaching Residents program at Teachers College, and we thank you for your support as we strive to develop a strong network of culturally responsive teachers who...
  • are dedicated to providing opportunities of rich, authentic and meaningful learning for self and students
  • intentionally earn and foster positive and productive relationships with the communities of colleagues, students, families, friends, and neighbors that they have joined
  • have the wisdom and courage to lead through listening and humility needed to acknowledge and act on ideas and expertise that can be found in the community
  • develop attitudes of innovative problem solving, even in times of struggle and frustration

With gratitude for all you do,

The TR@TC Team

TR@TC Application Deadline is Friday, November 8th!

Interested in pursuing a long and happy career as a teacher in a high-need NYC public school? Apply for TR@TC's 2020 cohort! We work hard to equip our residents to become reflective practitioners, curriculum-makers, and advocates. With our substantial financial supports and thoughtful mentors, you can earn a Masters degree and teaching certification in TESOL, special education, science, and/or math in 18 months. Contact with questions or click here to apply.
Teacher Grant Resources
Travel Grants 
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. Some TR@TC Alumni have used a portion of their DOE sabbatical to teach abroad, while others have invested their summer breaks. Whatever your inclination, below are a list of resources to support you in this journey. 
Sharing Credits: Wendy Barrales, Suzanne Pratt, and Laura Marie Thompson
Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities
  • Tuesday, November 5th - Co-Teaching in The Inclusive Classroom facilitated by Amy Goods and Theila Smith, followed by a Co-Working session led by Jim O’Toole - 10:00-4:00pm - Please click here to Register
  • Monday, November 11th - Navigating the UFT Web: Q&A with Amy Nelson - 11:00am - 12:30pm in GDH 545
  • Wednesday, November 6th - Screening: The Battle of Chile - Click here to RSVP
  • Thursday, November 7th - Women's Empowerment Lecture 
  • Saturday, November 16th - FREE Mental Health 1st Aid Certification Training, facilitated by Thrive NYC and hosted by The Young Women's Leadership School through collaboration with Ladies in The Lead. Click here to register.
Sharing Credits: Gladys Aponte, Vanessa Paula, Suzanne Pratt
Co-Working Spaces
  • Monday, November 11th - 12:30-3:00pm in GDH 545
Where The Books Are...
A Mobile Library Grows in the Bronx!
We are thrilled to have made this connection with founder of the Bronx Bound Books Mobile Bookstore, Latanya DeVaughn. Her mission to make free books accessible all over the Bronx is one that is near and dear to our heart. Please follow Bronx Bound Book's Facebook page to learn about upcoming events, and stay tuned for more!

Sharing Credits: George Torres
TR@TC Book of The Month

Excerpt from online book review: “Black Appetite. White Food. Invites educators to explore the nuanced manifestations of white privilege as it exists within and beyond the classroom. Renowned speaker and author Jamila Lyiscott provides ideas and tools that teachers, school leaders, and professors can use for awareness, inspiration, and action around racial injustice and inequity.”

Sharing Credits: Laura Marie Thompson
Curriculum Planning Resources
Teachers love resources, and we love sharing them! From now on, we will be highlighting 4-5 resources from our TR@TC website, in all future newsletters. See below and feel free to email with special requests
English Language Arts and Social Studies
  • GirlsWriteNow - Girls Write Now mentors underserved young women to find their voices through the power of writing and community. 
  • Edible School Yard - Edible Schoolyard NYC teaches teachers how to incorporate gardening and cooking lessons and activities into the curriculum.
  • Museum of Mathematics - The museum of mathematics is located on 26th street and 5th Ave in lower Manhattan. Exhibits in the museum explore a range of mathematical concepts, and provide opportunities for students to apply these concepts to their lives. You may also be interested in exploring the museum's blog, which is posted every Monday.
The Arts
  • The Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts - LCI focuses on providing opportunities for students and teachers to incorporate the practice of imaginative learning in their classrooms. Teaching artists partner with classroom teachers to design curriculum that is centered around imagination and the arts and also tied to curricular standards for any subject area.
Supporting Immigrants in School 
  • Visit this website for free resources from CUNY IIE Social Media Survival Kit for students - “School leaders often see a bright line between "educational technology" and "personal technology." To these educators, school-issued tablets or laptops are for learning and official curriculum while personal tech is for entertainment and communication.” - Read more...
Sharing Credits: Gladys Aponte, Suzanne Pratt, Laura Marie Thompson 
Raising Consciousness 
In her 2015 article, Equality Is Not Enough: What the Classroom Has Taught Me About Justice, Amy Sun discussed the difference between equity and equality, highlighting that “treating everyone exactly the same actually is not fair. What equal treatment does is to erase our differences and promote privilege.”

As we work towards providing culturally responsive learning experiences for our students, it is important to remember that equity is about being responsive to the needs of each individual student. This work is best done in community, as it is the collective who can best achieve equity in education.

Several school leaders have reached out to inquire about resources to help enact equity-based principles in their schools and we are eager to support in this endeavor. In the following we have highlighted a variety of free and low-cost resources for your consideration.

Sharing Credits: Micia Mosely, Suzanne Pratt, Laura Marie Thompson
Online Resources and Websites
Black Lives Matter at Schools Resources
Website: Click here and connect with this organization, get free resources, and support with questions about enacting BLM curriculum in your schools. Email if you'd like to learn more about getting posters for your classroom. 

Books: The BLM at Schools Group has been working diligently to compile a variety of books that connect to the BLM principles for grades K-12. Click here for a copy of the ongoing list.
Resources for White Antiracist Educators
*AWE-G - The Anti Racists White Educators Group is having a meeting on Wednesday, November 20th from 6-8pm. RSVP here
  • 10 Ways Well-Meaning White Teachers Bring Racism into our Schools by Jamie Utt - Excerpt: "...Though I know there are actively racist teachers out there, most White teachers mean well and have no intention of being racist. Yet as people who are inscribed with Whiteness, it is possible for us to act in racist ways no matter our intentions. Uprooting racism from our daily actions takes a lifetime of work..."
  • 24 Books for Anti-Racist Teachers - White Fragiles Beware! Click here for more info.
The UFT Corner
Here are a few Things to do this FALL:
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.

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, this year. Email him at for details.

Teacher Wellness
Wellness Series Continues!
This fall, we have partnered with Success in Motion to offer a series of FREE Wellness Workshops! Each session will be two hours long and will include a low-impact Cardio component, followed by combination Yoga and Meditation. In December, we'll also be hosting an Aromatherapy Gift Workshop! Join us for an hour OR two! 

Please be sure to RSVP to the session of your choice. Light refreshments will be provided. All you need to bring is a smile and comfortable clothing!  All are welcome!
We can’t wait until the next Teacher Selfcare Conference! Below is an excerpt from Mako Mindfulness, just one of the many resources we collected during our participation this past Spring. Email us at for more information about this conference.

Do you use affirmations in your daily life? Affirmations are positive and intentional statements that help us overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. They help us to visualize and believe in what we want to see in our lives. If you want strong arms, you head to the gym and lift weights over and over. Affirmations do the same thing, only for our minds and perspectives. Repeating positive statements help to reprogram our though patterns so that, over time, we begin to think, and act, in a new (and more positive) way.
Affirmations for Creating a Great Morning
I wake up energized and excited.
I am feeling healthy and strong.
I start a new chapter today.
I handle any challenges that arise.
I greet everyone with ease today.
I trust my decisions today.
I am happy with my life.
I love myself.

Image Source: - Check it out for more helpful tips!
Sharing Credits: George Torres
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 Credits: Tara Laohakul
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