Subject: TR@TC Induction | October, 2019 | Fall Edition Newsletter

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Induction and Beyond
Teaching Residents @ Teachers College
October 2019 | Fall Edition Newsletter
A message from TR@TC...

For most educators, October marks the month in which their students begin to settle into the routines of the classroom. Schedules have been finalized, procedures for entering and leaving the classroom have been internalized (we hope), norms have been collectively established, and teachers are shifting their focus to the content instruction that is facilitated through intentional classroom management

More experienced educators may be in the midst of analyzing or administering baseline assessments, that will guide their instruction; some might be in the process of collaborating on that magical interdisciplinary unit they've been dreaming about since their first year of teaching! 

Wherever October finds you, we hope that you're feeling energized and inspired by the work you do, and the students who will be in your care this year. Know that we are here to support, sustain, and celebrate you every step of the way. 

With gratitude for all you do,

The TR@TC Team

Co-Working and Professional Learning Opportunities
Co-Working Spaces
Need a place to meet with your co-teacher, a quiet corner to plan/grade, or a space to network and share ideas with other teachers? Join us during one of our co-working days! 
  • October 14th - 12:00-3:00pm in GDH 545
  • November 5th - 1:00-4:00pm in TH 422
  • November 11th - 12:30-3:00pm in GDH 545
*Basic planning resources and other goodies will be available to support your endeavors!
TR@TC Professional Learning Opportunities 
The following workshops were curated to reflect the needs identified through our Induction Community. We have teamed up with a variety of experts with the collective goal of supporting your practice in multiple ways. 
Please be sure to RSVP and save your spot- All are welcome!
  • October 14th -UFT: Know Your Rights! a Q&A session with Amy Nelson  - 11:00am -12:30pm in GDH 545
  • November 5th - Election Day PD Co-Teaching for the Inclusive Classroom & Co-Working Day with Amy Goods and Theila Smith - 10:00am- 4:00pm in TH229 & TH422
  • November 11th - Navigating the UFT Web with Amy Nelson - Time: 10:00am-12:00pm in GDH545 
Don't see what you're looking for? Send us an email at with your requests and suggestions. We love feedback!  
Other Professional Learning Events and Workshops
  • October 10th: NYCORE - Immigration Training for educators. Click here for details
  • October 15th : Supporting Immigrants in Schools Video Series Premiere & Panel moderated by Joe Torres of ABC News! Click here for details
  • October 24th:16th Annual AERA Brown Lecture in Education Research - “A Shade Less Offensive”: School Integration as Radical Inclusion in the Pursuit of Educational Equity. Click here to RSVP
Curriculum Planning Resources
Supporting Latino SIFE Students
Workshop Facilitated by Institute of Latin American Studies

Thanks to those of you who were able to make it to our final workshop of the month of August. We hope the session felt meaningful. If you were unable to join, but are interested in learning more about how you can support this special populations of students, click on the following links for resources. We are in the process of developing a repeat session for the Fall. Stay Tuned! 
Grants for Teachers
The Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program will send cohorts of K–12 school and district administrators to Finland and Singapore for an intensive program (approximately 10 days in length) to learn about best educational practices to enhance student learning and develop 21st century skills. In Spring 2020, 10 administrators will have the opportunity to travel to Finland, and 5 administrators will have the opportunity to travel to Singapore. A second cohort to Singapore will be selected for travel in Spring 2021. Click here for more information.  
Sharing Credit: Wendy Barrales
Know of a grant you'd like to share? Please email with details, and be entered in our upcoming raffle.
TR@TC Alumni Grant is Here!
  • Are you a graduate of the TR@TC program who has completed the 3 year commitment to serve? 
  • Are you a classroom teacher or teaching professional?
If you've answered "YES" to both of these questions, you may qualify for a TR@TC Alumni Grant!  
For details, email with the subject: ALUMNI GRANT INQUIRY
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.

Obtaining 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!

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 Fall. Email him at if you'd like to be a part of it! 
Self Care and Sustainability
Wellness Series Continues!
In addition to our regularly scheduled programming, 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!
During the fall months, we will continue to share nuggets of wisdom from The Afro Educator, and her journey to sustainable teaching practices. Below is an excerpt from her self care story, visit her website to read more, and be sure to tune into her thought-provoking podcasts.

I Was Running Myself Into the Ground: My Self-Care Story
By The Afro Educator

“...I experienced major burn out my 4th year teaching. Tears and rants about how much I hated teaching were regular occurrences for my, then, boyfriend. Emotionally, I was a wreck most days—almost always angry and annoyed. The only things that kept me composed each day were the kindest grade level partner, an empathetic assistant principal, and the threat of losing guaranteed most of the people in my cohort, I graduated college fully committed to the belief that teaching would be extremely challenging and that in order to be successful, I would need to work as much and as “hard” as possible...My first year, I spent working non-stop. Most days, I stayed in my classroom until 6 pm only to arrive home and continue working until late into the night. I spent hours creating materials and attempting to make every lesson in every subject area as dynamic as possible. If it didn’t involve an original song, dance, or collaborative activity, it wasn’t good enough. Use the book? Only if I could adapt and make it more high energy and engaging...Work. Work. More Work. Fighting windmills in attempts to “get ahead” of the demands that were endless planning and grading. Still spending every spare second to make every lesson incredible and every learning opportunity electric, I was unknowingly, speeding towards burnout...”

Teacher Self Care Resources
Here are some resources we think may be of help.
Sharing credits: Amy Nelson, Vanessa Paula, Laura Marie Thompson
TC Alumni Connection
Stay Connected to TC and access resources!

TC Gmail for LIFE  
  • Activate your TC Gmail account! 
  • Set up your UNI (and password) at
  • 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
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