This Month’s Quick Tips

For Your Classroom and Students


Content Standards Broken Down (LINK)
Teaching Tolerance Anti-Bias Framework: Social Justice Standards (LINK)
Browse Smarter Balanced Sample Questions by Standard (LINK)


Kiddom Lesson Tracking and Collaboration (LINK)
Teaching Tolerance Anti-Bias Framework: Social Justice Standards (LINK)
Women’s History Month Lesson Resources (LINK)


17 Activities for the 100th Day of School (LINK)
Top 10 Pinterest Picks for Black History Month (LINK)
5 Ways to Improve Communication with Parents (LINK)
5 Tips for Healthy Eating Habits (LINK)

other resources

Podcasts for Teachers:

Kansas City alum Kyle Palmer has started a weekly podcast for teachers to hash out the big issues of the day. Take a listen and remember: there are No Wrong Answers!
New resource for Student Feedback and Interim Assessment Scoring:
Teachers, is your New Year’s resolution to not get behind on grading and deliver more feedback to your students faster? The Graide Network can connect you to qualified, on-demand assistants to help grade and provide feedback on student work online. All “Graiders” are undergraduate and graduate students who are aspiring educators, including incoming TFA corps members! They are trained by The Graide Network to provide effective feedback and accurately score student work. Sign up today to learn more!

Every student deserves the chance to attend college. As you know, many students who work to support their families often cannot participate in clubs, sports, community service, or extracurricular activities.  That’s why it’s exciting that there’s a new scholarship to recognize students who are working and taking care of their families. announced this new scholarship in Buzzfeed today!  Please share this article with students, parents, and colleagues so we can work together to make sure students everywhere are aware of this opportunity. (You can check out other articles here from CNN and The New York Times.)

Yale Pathways to Science:

Pathways Summer Scholars is a free two-week summer science day program for 100 rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Yale Pathways students. Each summer, Pathways Summer Scholars will have the opportunity to select from a variety of STEM workshops collaboratively designed and taught by Yale faculty and graduate students. Summer 2017 includes new workshop topics, including but not limited to the Chemistry of Cosmetics, Neurobiology, Consciousness, Biotechnology, Psychology & the Law, Video Game Research, and more! Current Yale students serve as teaching assistants and mentors in the program.  The application is now open and due by February 6 (

Building Inclusive Classrooms:

Looking for ways to make your classroom a more inclusive environment for all students? Check out this resource or ask a staff member to borrow a Flourish box! These short experiences and activities will transform student experiences over time. Looking for a particular lesson? Check out where you can actually search by your content area, grade level and topic! Struggling to reach all students, particularly bilingual students? Check out this resource from an alumni David Weinreb! Here are bilingual resources, he just finished compiling his list of favorite educational websites, many of which have Spanish content. HERE you go, enjoy, feel free to share with others! Do you have an awesome resource you are using in your classroom with kids? Share it with us and each other!
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Events and Opportunities

Community Goings-On

February 18: ConnCAT Public Education Forum | 11:30 – 1:30

ConnCAT is taking a similar approach to our TFA House Meetings. They wish to surface issues and create a plan of action. If we are to truly live into the community model, we should support organizations whose values and goals are aligned to our own. Please join us for two hours of reflection and critical thinking that will strengthen our relationship with dedicated members of the education community.

Ongoing: New Haven BOE Meetings

If you would like to attend Board of Ed meetings the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month, please reach out to a city staff member

Saturday, June 3: I Heart New Haven Day

More information to follow in the coming months! Check out the website!

Saturday, February 4: Global Education Leadership Symposium: Fostering Citizenship

EF Education has partnered with the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools and the King School in Stamford, CT, to facilitate a Global Education Leadership Symposium. The purpose of this Symposium is to focus on the collaboration of like-minded educators from public and private schools across the state to better understand the efforts put forward to strengthen Global Education in Connecticut.  This is an amazing opportunity to participate in sessions with educators from Connecticut and hear from our keynote speaker, Dr. Derrick Gay.  If you’re interested in this opportunity or know a fellow teacher or administrator who you think would be a good fit to get involved, please click here to enroll.  Space is limited so enroll now to secure your spot!

Applications are due by February 20, 2017: Tow Youth Justice Institute

Transforming Youth Justice:  A Leadership Development Program. View the brochure here.

Apply by March 6: Progressive Education Network Conference Call for Workshops

Are you an educator who is committed to DIVERSITY? Have you been wanting to share your ideas about EQUITY? Do you believe it’s important to amplify STUDENT VOICE? The Progressive Education Network will hold its annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts on October 5th-7th 2017. To submit an idea for a workshop, please complete the application.

Sign-up run through March 25: SAVE THE DATE! Connecticut Education Association New Teacher Conference on April 1st, 2017

The annual New Teacher Conference offers workshops for new teachers, provides networking opportunities with your colleagues and more! Register online at under Upcoming events.

Ongoing: Join TeachHaven!

Starting now, TFA Connecticut teachers have the opportunity to join an online community called TeachHaven — a new way to get support and connect with your fellow educators. TeachHaven is a space where teachers can communicate in anonymous forums, access relevant research and resources, and learn from experts in education and other fields. This New Haven-based pilot program is free and exclusive to TFA Connecticut teachers. The site is raffling off a bunch of great prizes just for signing up and filling out a quick survey! The sign-up period is from now until January 31st at

Application submission deadline March 3: Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize

The annual Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize recognizes and supports the leadership of teachers who continually work to improve their practice through action research. The SOM Education Leadership Conference is seeking applications from educators who are trying new lessons, modes of content delivery, or types of activities to improve student outcomes. The application deadline is March 3, 2017. Visit the SOM Education Leadership Conference website for more information and FAQs.


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