- CM Giveaways!
- Teach For Mexico Exchange
- Regional Centralized Programming
CM Giveaways!: We are pleased to share that we have received a generous donation of gently-used, high quality men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. On March 20 from 1-3PM and March 24 from 5-7PM, we will be distributing the clothing at our office on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be other fun freebies, so don’t miss out!
What: Free clothes!
Where: TFA-NY Office: 25 Broadway, 12th Floor
When: Sunday, March 20, 1-3PM and Thursday, March 24, 5-7PM
Teach For Mexico Exchange: Teach For Mexico has an amazing opportunity to send 52 current Teach For America corps members and alumni who are still in the classroom to Mexico and in exchange will send 52 of their corps members to the US in an effort to get to know each other’s context, share best practices, and build their networks. Through the generous efforts of the U.S. Mexico Foundation, they will be able to pay for all flights for those who are selected for the program. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, view this flyer and reach out to Craig Meister, Director of Development in Teach For Mexico, with any questions
Regional Centralized Programming
Corps Member Affinity Groups: Please see below for descriptions of specific groups and then fill out this one short survey to indicate your interest in any of the groups.
Educators of Color Affinity Group: We strongly believe in the power we have as educators of color to change society for the better. The Educators of Color space is one where we will come together and build community as people of color who are committed to supporting each other and our students, as culturally responsive educators in the fight for social justice. During the year, we will also come together in more specific race-based affinity groups – Latin@, Black, and Asian American and Pacific Islander – in order to dig even more deeply into our shared experiences and push our work forward.
LGBTQ Affinity Group: The LGBTQ Affinity Group is a community for LGBTQ-identifying educators. This group will offer support and resources as we seek to be our best selves for our students. We will tackle issues that pertain to the LGBTQ community such as creating safe and welcoming classroom environments for students, gender identity in the classroom, navigating school contexts as an LGBTQ educator, and many others the group identifies as needed. We hope to have a consistent and committed membership and invite all LGBTQ corps members and alumni to join!
White Educators Against Racism:WEAR is a group for white educators in pursuit of social justice and creating an anti-racist and anti-oppressive society, starting with ourselves and our classrooms. We will spend time unpacking and navigating our identities and institutional and internalized racism and we will share resources to empower us to take anti-racist action in and out of the classroom. We will respond to group-generated topics as well as read selections from Everyday Anti-Racism: Getting Real about Race in Schools.
Participate in Community Conversations: All first-year CMs will participate in periodic Community Conversations coordinated by Teach For America staff. This space will give you the opportunity to discuss key issues impacting your students and their neighborhoods, while also building community with other corps members. Our region’s vision is to help build great schools in every community, and we believe that having a strong, cohesive Teach For America community within each placement neighborhood will move us towards that goal. Community Conversations will take place 4 times throughout the school year, and all 2015 corps members will take part. TFA managers will be in touch with 2015 CMs with details about plans for Community Conversations in your cohort in early October.
Fellowships: We are looking for 2014 corps members who are willing, ready and eager to take their teacher leadership development to the next level. In the fall 2015 NY-Fellowship, we will meet in diverse cohorts to develop our voices and define our leadership to create culturally responsive leadership in our classrooms, schools and movement by challenging our thinking through shared experiences and dialogue. Through this process, we will build community, clarify our values and visions, and feel inspired to work towards our aspirational goals for our students. By committing to be a part of this fellowship, we expect that you will be open to sharing parts of yourself and your classroom, actively participate in conversations and reflections and operate with respect and humility with colleagues and stakeholders. The NY-Fellowship will kick off with a lunch on Sunday, October 4th. Each fellowship will begin the week of October 12th and run through the week of December 14th. Cohorts will be formed based on interest and preference for location and days of the week. You will have the opportunity to rank your preference for location and day of the week when you sign up.
New York Sue Lehmann Fellowship: The New York Sue Lehmann Fellowship is an opportunity for strong second year corps members to connect, learn and lead. By engaging in a series of 4 workshops in November – January, CMs will work with each other, alumni and staff to develop a classroom portfolio, which they can use to apply for the National Fellowship in February if they choose. Sue Lehmann Fellows will support the learning of current and future corps members by contributing to an excellent classroom visits digital archive and leading regional efforts to support fellow corps members’ development. You can indicate your interest in the NY Sue Lehmann Fellowship here. We will reach out in early October with further information about how to register for this year’s Fellowship.
Sponsor A Teacher: Join a community of corps members who have signed up to be in the Sponsor A Teacher program! As a corps member participant, you’ll play a key role in connecting new funders to the movement of educational equity. You’ll provide a much-needed window into the lives of teachers—showing sponsors, first-hand, the passion, rigor, resilience and intellect TFA teachers bring to their work in communities across New York. At the same time, you’ll have an opportunity to have one on one conversations with TFA donors with special invitations to the New York Gala, cocktail receptions and other fun events like the Fall Fling and SoulCycle fundraiser! We need passionate leaders to join and hope you’ll consider it. For more information, contact Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching Communities: Teach For America (TFA) Teaching Communities are a set of content-specific teaching discussion forums moderated by an online content coach. The TFA Teaching Communities provide new teachers access to content resources and online coaching support within a 24 hour question and answer turn-around. Online coaches also provide TFA corps members a monthly content blast on the 1st (1CM) and 3rd (2CM) Sunday of the month, and virtual profession development learning experiences including live monthly learning sessions and self-paced modules.
Teaching Communities include:
- Diverse Learners: Special Education, ELL, and Bilingual Education
- Elementary: ECE (PreK-3) and Upper Elementary (3-5)
- Middle School: Science and Math
- Humanities: ELA (6-12) and Social Studies (6-12)
- High School Math
- Science: Biology and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics
- World Languages (K-12)
For information, visit http://teachingcommunities.weebly.com.