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

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

It’s September again!
Many of you are enjoying those last few days of summer fun, while others may be obsessing over every detail relating to the first day of school. 

At TR@TC, September is a time of contemplation. After having spent most of the summer working on various curriculum projects, we take this time to step back and assess the program and set goals for the year ahead.

We are grateful to be able to welcome another year, at TR@TC, and look forward to all the possibilities the 2019-2020 school year may bring!

With gratitude for all you do,

The TR@TC Team

Dates of Interest
Here are a few dates you might want to mark on your calendars:
  • 9/8 - International Literacy Day. Visit the UN website for information and ideas.
  • 9/14 - 90th Anniversary of the murder of Ella Mae Wiggins, women's rights activist, unionizer, and balladeer.
  • 9/15 - Beginning of Hispanic Heritage month, as well as the Independence day for five Latin-American Countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
  • 9/16 - Mexican Independence Day
Co-Working and Professional Development Opportunities
Exciting things are happening in Induction!! We are in the process of finalizing a series of wellness workshops, coupled with social emotional learning and content-based strategies. In addition, we are also prioritizing monthly co-working spaces. 

Stay tuned for an email from our address with more details! 
Do you live or work in Washington Heights?
The Dominican Writers Association is hosting a workshop series aimed at compiling an anthology of Washington Heights lived experiences. The 6-week workshop runs from October 13th through November 17th, and will take place at the Word Up Community Bookshop. If interested, visit their instagram page (@dominicanwriters) or email for more details. 
Raising Consciousness
The first two weeks of school will set the stage for the school year. As you consider the rituals and routines you want to put in place, take a moment to prioritize strategies that enable you to learn more about your students' academic needs. Below are a few tips from Zaretta Hammond, writer of Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain. We hope they serve to inspire and inform your practice. 

Featured Share: Zaretta Hammond’s Tips for the New School Year
 Getting to Know Your Students as Learners - in their Own Words
There’s going to be lots of talk about building relationships with students and families in the first few weeks of school. In Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, in Chapter 5, I share the learning partnership formula as the relational slice of culturally responsive practice: Rapport + Alliance = Cognitive Insight. We often think cognitive insight (getting a better glimpse inside a student’s head at her academic mindset and learner moves) as something that comes later. But the questions you ask at the beginning can lay the groundwork for getting to know him.

Try these:
1. I Wish My Teacher Knew… (challenges/hard stuff I am working through)
2. I Wish My Teacher Knew…(what activities cause me to lose track of time)
3. What keeps me going when working on something hard in class is...
4. My “appreciation language” is (pick one) 
  • Quality time like having special time to hang out with the teacher or other special group or person at school 
  • Physical touch like a high-five or fist bump or have a dance break
  • Acts of service like having someone do something special for me
  • Words of affirmation like getting a note of encouragement or certificate for a big accomplishment
  • Gifts like small fun objects to remind me of my achievement or to mark a milestone
*This last question is connected to The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. Click here for free quizzes to share with your students and colleagues.

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 hope to have repeat sessions in the Fall and/or Spring.

Move the Class: How to Spark Engagement and Motivation in Urban and Culturally Diverse Classrooms
  • Drawing on research-based pedagogy and culturally responsive instructional methods, MC Means Move the Class: How to Spark Engagement and Motivation in Urban and Culturally Diverse Classrooms is an entertaining combination of educational theory along with the best teaching strategies and methods to help you be great in the classroom. This book tackles issues and common mistakes made facing many in Title I, urban and/or culturally diverse schools by offering inspirational stories and easy-to-digest ways to not just survive but thrive in some of the most challenging conditions.

This book will help you to:
  • Spark the engagement and motivation of your students
  • Reignite and dramatically increase your passion for teaching
  • Build authentic relationships with some of your most challenging students
  • Transform your teaching into next-level experiences in your classroom

We had the privilege of attending a session with Dr.Woodly, during the Atlanta Teacher Self Care Conference in June, and were very inspired by the strategies he shared. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this resource, please email jad2222@tc.columbia (first come, first serve).

Source: Amazon product description
Supporting POC Enterprise
  • Sofrito For Your Soul - Just in time for Hispanic Heritage month! Here is a website that has been promoting and preserving Latino culture for over 20 years!  
  • Cafe con Libros - a Feminist community bookstore catering to folks, specifically womxn and girls, who are book lovers, coffee aficionados, or both.
  • Hause of Curls - a brand made for the new age woman in mind, geared towards Latinas and all women of mixed race who have embarked on their natural hair journey.
  • Izzy and Liv - Our brand is self-affirming, inspirational, fun, sassy, filled with pop culture references and a bit retro. Our goal is to to design pieces that reflect some of our shared experiences; celebrates the icons we love; reinforces the empowering beauty we possess, and immortalizes the things we can’t get enough -- things that makes us laugh and smile.
Know of a POC and/or Social Justice organization you'd like us to include? Email
Grants for Teachers
Coming soon!!! 

On September 15th, we will be announcing the second annual TR@TC alumni grant and Induction PD grant. In addition, we are also working on compiling a list of teacher travel grants to support your academic wanderlust needs!

If you know of any such grants, please email with details, and be entered in our upcoming raffle. 
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!

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 Fall. Email him at if you'd like to be a part of it! 

Self Care and Sustainability
“...When I think about it now, burn out was inevitable and it started during my teacher training. My cohort and I were inundated with anecdotes ...In order to be a good teacher, you would need to work as much as possible. Think only about the students. They’re what really 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...”

Here’s another resource we came upon during the Atlanta Teacher Self Care Conference. Her discussion on “the good teacher myth” really resonated with our efforts to support sustainable pedagogical practices, and the understanding that true self-care is not about bubble baths, meditation, or wine dates. It’s about creating a life you don’t regularly need a “break” from by changing the narrative of the good teacher and making decisions that prioritize your mental and physical health, and show true love and respect for your students.

The Afro Educator - check out her blog and read Self Care for New Educators. Follow her on twitter, share your experiences.
TC Alumni Connection
Stay Connected to TC and access resources!
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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.

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