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Each month, TR@TC's Induction Coordinator curates a list of educational resources and opportunities for alumni. These resources include the following: Curriculum Planning Tools, Employment Opportunities, Professional Learning, and Other Opportunities, Wellness Opportunities, a UFT Corner, and many others. To access TR@TC's archive of monthly newsletters, click here.


In addition to the newsletter, the following are resources meant to support you in designing and modifying the curriculum in your classroom across content areas. Some are meant to support the development of materials for students while others offer interactive, online resources for students learning. Also included are a variety of resources that connect to a variety of organizations that offer in-person consultation and services in the classroom context.

Here is a list of professional learning opportunities that Induction Mentors and Alumni have highly recommended. To access an updated list, please visit this link.

The following are ongoing Professional Development Opportunities:

NYC DOE Teacher Page -- A Resource for Teachers: This lists various professional development opportunities that the NYCDOE has identified.  This site also offers details regarding P credit and general career advancement within the DOE. 

Materials for the ArtsOffers a wide variety of workshops and programs for teachers to help think about differentiating instruction in new and engaging ways.  The organization also offers seasonal P-Credit courses for the NYCDOE.

Bureau of Education and Research: BER offers various professional development opportunities that focus on practical strategies and techniques that can be immediately implemented in the classroom.  Currently, many of the scheduled BER workshops focus on effectively incorporating common core standards in the classroom.

New York Open Center"The New York Open Center, now in its 30th year, is dedicated to offering holistic educational programs and cultural events that expand the mind, heal the body, and nurture the spirit.  We offer workshops, classes, lectures, conferences, and professional training, led by teachers of wisdom, passion, and skill."  The programs offered to fit into five disciplines: spirituality and world religions, health and wellness, psychology and self-development, society, ecology and culture, creativity, and the arts.
Facing History and Ourselves: Offers a wide variety of professional development courses, both on-site and in webinar form.  These courses focus on various topics, all geared toward developing pedagogical skills and strategies that will support students as they think deeply and critically about difficult topics.

American Museum of Natural History:  Offers many workshops geared toward supporting teachers in thinking about how to develop hands-on and museum-based learning opportunities.  AMNH offers workshops throughout the year, particularly in the summer months.

Youcubed: Youcubed is a nonprofit organization that provides free and affordable K-12 mathematics resources and professional development for educators and parents.  This website offers online professional development meant to support you as you continue to think about effective mathematics education in the classroom.

Teachers College, Columbia University Continuing Professional Studies: CPS offers non-credit programs designed to take both a practical and innovative approach to professional development and learning.  CPS partners with outside organizations to design, develop, and implement professional development programs that focus on a range of topics.

Bank Street College of Education Continuing Professional Studies:  Bank Street offers various workshops in the summer and during the school year.  Check out this website to learn more about professional development opportunities.
Maysles Documentary Center: The Maysles Documentary Center offers diverse, year-round documentary educational programming for people of all ages throughout Harlem, Northern Manhattan, and South Bronx communities.  They offer on-site programs as well as school partnerships.

NPR: National Public Radio offers a variety of news-related programming that can be found on their website.


Kids Learn Out Loud: This is a BBC-sponsored news website for kids that includes regular world news podcasts.


Time for Kids: Time magazine's site for children offers news-related stories at a simplified reading level.


The Learning Network - The New York Times: The New York Times Learning Network provides an educational service for grade 6-12 teachers, students, and parents. The site has a set of daily lesson plans that help integrate daily news articles into the classroom curriculum and quizzes, links, features, and an On This Day section.


Scholastic News: Daily news and current events for kids.


Student New Daily: Daily news with critical thinking questions, background information, videos, and much more.


CNN Student News: CNN sponsored news produced specifically for students.


PBS NewsHour Extra: News for Students and Teacher Resources 7–12 Grade Level.

Jumpstart Financial Smarts for Students:  This site provides helpful links to resources meant to support teachers in designing instruction that will help students to become financially literate.


Feed the Pig: This site provides a variety of resources to support students in developing financial literacy, including regular article and podcast updates.


Gen i Revolution: This website is an online personal finance game that consists of 15 interactive missions in which students complete a variety of activities to help them learn concepts of personal finance.


Banzai:  This free resource offers teachers and students lessons in financial planning using real-life scenarios such as paying auto insurance, dealing with an account overdraft, paying a parking ticket, and budgeting for travel. These hands-on activities develop understanding for students in grades seven through twelve as they face the challenges of planning for life’s expenses.


Practical Money Skills for Life: This site offers a variety of free materials that can be used as resources, including free comic books, DVDs, games, and more for teaching students about financial literacy.


BizKid$: BizKid$ is a contemporary, fast-paced series aimed at children and young adults that currently airs on most PBS stations nationwide. This site offers video clips from the series based on essential financial literacy and economic concepts. It also offers curriculum in English and Spanish to accompany some of the clips.


InCharge Debt Solutions:The teaching curriculum consists of fourteen lesson plans designed to augment a semester course in life skills, consumer awareness, and financial management.


Council for Economic Education:  This site offers a variety of economic related resources for teachers and students, including lesson plans and interactive activities.


Money Smart- A Financial Education Program: The FDIC’s Money Smart for Young Adults curriculum helps youth ages 12-20 learn the basics of handling their money and finances, including how to create positive relationships with financial institutions. Each of the eight instructor-led modules includes a fully scripted instructor guide, participant guide, and overhead slides. The materials are fully scripted to allow you to pick up the guides and begin teaching without having previous teaching experience or extensive subject matter expertise.


Operation Hope, Banking on Our Future: Banking on Our Future elevates the dignity, hope, and economic self-sufficiency of people in low-wealth and underserved communities through financial literacy. Since its inception, the Banking on Our Future Program has reached over 896,000 students in more than 3,250 schools and community-based organizations in the U.S. and South Africa


Edutopia: Explore resources and downloads for educators seeking to help students learn financial concepts, practice money management, and build strong financial decision-making and economic-reasoning skills.


H&R Block Dollars & Sense: Financial education, that is. When kids learn about personal finances, they grow up to be financially responsible adults. That’s why H&R Block is working with parents, teachers, and students to give young people the knowledge they need to manage their money. Because when we invest in teaching them now, the returns benefit everyone.


PayStubs 365: Getting your first job is a big deal, but what does all of that information on your pay stub really mean? This page will teach you where your money is going and why, in addition to providing other great resources about that all-important paycheck.

Teaching Tolerance: This site provides both free online and hard copy resources, including film kits, on a variety of historically related topics that focus on diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in society.


Total Equity Now Harlem: Founded in 2008 by Harlem-based educator and community facilitator Joe Rogers, Jr., Total Equity Now got its start creating and facilitating hybrid community-problem-solving/tshirt-design workshops that build social consciousness, expand critical thinking, and promote servant leadership among local youth.  From promoting reading as a "Harlem thing" and connecting community members with Harlem's wealth of literacy-related resources, to establishing mission-driven coalitions of education-focused Uptown organizations, to co-founding and facilitating a monthly education film screening and community discussion series, TEN continues to connect educational dots throughout Harlem and beyond in order to advance educational excellence and equity.


Brave New Films: Brave New Films is the producer of multiple documentaries that bring to the forefront critical issues that focus on social justice issues.  The organization also offers an educational program, Brave New Educators, that uses documentaries to start a dialogue with students by using a model of media, education and grassroots volunteer involvement.


Global Citizens Initiative:Our mission is to empower young global citizens from all sectors of society to be lifelong leaders of positive change.


Independent Lens: Is  primetime documentary series that airs independent documentary films.  PBS also offers a collaborating website, community classroom, that provides a variety of lesson plans and other resources that can be used in connection with the films.


Brotherhood and Sister Sol: This NYC non-profit’s Rites of Passage Program empowers youth through discovery and discussion of history, culture, social problems, and the political forces surrounding them. They establish partnerships with public secondary schools to develop gender-specific (Brotherhood or Sister Sol) chapters, each consisting of 10 to 18 youth members and two adult Chapter Leaders. The Chapter Leaders facilitate weekly sessions and serve as mentors, supporters, confidantes, counselors, teachers, and more. They build trusting relationships and offer guidance to the chapter members as they face the challenges of young adulthood.


Roots of Empathy: Is a non-profit organization that focuses building the capacity of students to become responsible and responsive citizens by raising levels of empathy resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels of bullying and aggression.  This is a program designed for children in grades K-8.


UNICEF Kid Power: The Global Education Topics page provides context on a range of UNICEF issues – ranging from child trafficking to nutrition – all framed in a teachable, kid-appropriate manner. UNICEF is working in 190 countries and territories around the world; this page provides insight into that work, and what kids need to know. Content includes lesson plans, activities, articles, videos and audio clips to fit your curriculum.


What's your calling?: This PBS sponsored site was inspired by the documentary series The Calling and is designed for young adults who are in the process of defining who they are, making important life decisions, and determining how to achieve their hopes and dreams.  The site includes a data base of short films as well as lesson plans that can be modified to fit your teaching context.

Teaching Artists or other experts are defined as having a teaching artist or other teaching professional visit your classroom and either teach a class or share a resource. This also covers educational trips connected to your units of study. To stay up to date on our application process for funding, please visit this link.


Examples of what some teachers have done in the past:

  • Having the school spend the day with the Bronx River Alliance
  • Bringing Peace Poets to work with students
  • Bringing a chef into the classroom to talk about nutrition (if you -teach health/physed/science)
  • Inviting writers, directors, etc... to speak to students about a topic/issue/piece connected to a unit of study
  • Taking students to a screening of a movie that is connected to the unit you are teaching.  
  • Organizing a trip to the Bronx Music Heritage center to learn from someone who makes documentaries, to support a writing unit.


How to access:

In order to access the budget, please coordinate with your induction mentor to confirm grant approval. Your induction mentor will then coordinate reservation and payment. If you are using the grant for a field trip that cannot be pre-paid, your induction mentor will submit approval and manage payment on behalf of TR@TC.


Field Trips can also be sponsored. To stay up to date on our application process for funding, please visit this link.


Click here to access TR@TC's updated document as we find new resources that might be of interest to you. These resources are meant to support you in designing and modifying the curriculum in your classroom across content areas.  Some are meant to support the development of materials for students, while others offer interactive, online resources for students learning.  Also included are a variety of resources that connect to various organizations that offer in-person consultation and services in the classroom context.

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