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SFTR Quarterly Update

Issue 1 | June 2012

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Service Learning Reflection

In this issue:

Reflections from the year

Page 1 Note from the director

Hear about the experiences of

Page 2 End of the year celebration

3 residents from the past year Reflections from the year

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Page 3 SFTR Convening

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Meeting

Page 4 Service Learning Reflection

Page 5 Reflections from the year

Page 6 Update on our new website

+ I used to think.. but now.. “I had to be able to do it all on my own, but now I know the importance of resources and asking for help!” -Quotes from residents last day in practicum

Note from the Director It is hard to believe that we have now

Our second cohort has now completed the first phase of the program. Everyone

completed our second year of the San

passed

Francisco Teacher Residency. Much has

forward to having their own classroom

happened over the course of the past year

next year. In early May we had grads from

and there are many changes ahead. The

Cohort One come talk to Cohort Two in

2012 – 2013 school year will be our first

order to share tips on what to do to

year that the complete program model is

prepare for the first year of teaching.

in operation with one cohort of residents

Although they talked a lot about being

and two cohorts of graduates receiving

tired (it was late Friday afternoon after a

induction support.

week of teaching!) what came through

PACT.

They

are

all

looking

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San Francisco Teacher Residency Quarterly Newsletter

Issue 1 | June 2012 I used to think… but now… “I had to be perfect in every lesson, but now I know that’s impossible and silly and to take every mistake as an opportunity for growth.” -Quotes from residents last day in practicum

loud and clear from all of our grads was their love for their students and their tremendous commitment to them. Additionally the desire to continue to learn and grow as teachers was palpable from these new teachers. I will admit that it made me very proud. This April we conducted our inaugural interview day to select candidates for next year’s cohort of residents. Candidates participated in mini-Socratic seminars after reading the Education Week article, “Because Race Can’t Be Ignored” by Z. Burkholder. Following the seminar, brief individual interviews were conducted with each candidate. Participating at the interview day were representatives from SFUSD’s Human Resources Department, Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Department, Teacher Support and Development, and the Mission Zone. Also joining us for the event were teachers from Mission High School and representatives from University of San Francisco and Stanford University. The day was truly a team effort. Cohort Three is looking very strong. We will start working with them on July 30. Next year we are excited to add John O’Connell High School as a Teaching Academy. We will continue to be working at El Dorado, Buena Vista/Horace Mann, James Lick and Mission. We are so thankful to the administration, the teachers, students and parents at each of these schools for all their contributions to and support of the program. I also want to formally welcome the newest addition to our SFTR team, Midhun Joseph, our new program associate. Once you meet Midhun you will understand why we are so thrilled to have him working with us. This newsletter is just one example of the Midhun’s great skills and enthusiasm. Finally, I want to thank the many people who make this program possible from our demonstration teachers and their principals, our supervisors, the SFTR Working Group and Advisory Board, and our university partners.

End of the Year Celebration

accomplishments residents.

The

beautiful

home

of

Peter

Williamson served as a great locale to celebrate the end of the second year of the program. Residents, principals, demonstration teachers, supervisors, university

staff

and

program

staff

enjoyed a great night of celebrating the

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Each

of

this

resident

year’s also

received a copy of, “Why School? Reclaiming Education or All of Us“ by Mike Rose. One of highlights of the night was sharing the quotes that the residents wrote about, “I used to think….But now..”. We are including some of them in this newsletter for your enjoyment.

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SFTR Convening 5.10.2012

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The feedback for the event was very positive and informative. It was reviewed by the SFTR Working Group

May SFTR partners brought together university

faculty and supervisors, school principals, demonstration teachers, and SFUSD staff to tackle the question of what new teachers need to know and be able to do to be successful in San Francisco’s hard-to-staff schools. At first people met in role-alike groups to discuss the specific characteristics that teachers needed to be successful in San Francisco schools and the specific content and skills that are needed for success. After sharing those discussions people met in mixed role groups to discuss what all of us can do to better support the development of these skills in our teaching candidates.

and the program staff to see how we can use this feedback for program improvement. Here is some feedback from the participants: “This has been a great learning experience for me and I hope for my resident teacher. Thank you for the opportunity. I have established a relationship with someone who will be in my life in the long run.” “I had not thought much about teacher preparation before this, this was interesting.” “I greatly appreciate the opportunity to have a sub release day to have these conversations.”

We look forward to continuing these discussions next year.

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Reflections from Service Learning Project Cynthia Guggenheim, Resident 2011-2012

The service learning project was a great experience for me. The other residents at BVHM and I taught a seminar – a middle school elective – to a group of 15 sixth and seventh graders. Our topic, determined by talking

with

the

school

administration and teachers, was conflict

mediation.

We

used

students

rehearsed

the record, I followed her advice

their presentations, and presented

and barely said a word in later

several

presentations!)

like

active

listening

and

anger

management, and the students used those skills to create presentations for

the

presentation

K-5

students.

Each

included

an

introduction, an interactive game, a skit that got the audience members involved, and time for questions and answers. With our support, the

times

and in

elementary

classrooms. Through this model, we

I think the learning can best be

were able to reach almost the whole

summed up in the students’ words;

school. The school is planning on

in our seminar reflection, the middle

using

school students wrote about their

our

lesson

plans

and

implementing this seminar in future

learning

as

years.

thought

the

gained

from

It was wonderful to see the middle

interactive activities to teach the students conflict mediation skills

created

well

as

younger the

what

they

students

presentations.

school students taking leadership in

Students mentioned improving their

the elementary school and teaching

public speaking skills, seeing all

students productive ways to resolve

perspectives of conflicts, and being

problems.

favorite

more patient. One student wrote, “I

were

always wanted to be a teacher, and

moments

One was

of

my

when

we

debriefing the first presentation in a

after

being

in

your

seminar

I

first grade classroom and a student

realized how much work it is.”

told me that in the future, the

Another wrote, “I learned how to be

teachers should not jump in as much

a role model and the students

and should let the students be in

learned how to solve problems.”

charge of their presentations. (For

Reflections from Residency Year

Catherine Cuadrado, Resident 2011-2012

The first semester of SFTR there was definitely more observing than teaching on my part. I felt unsure of myself most of the time and spent a lot of time trying to make sure that every single detail of my lesson plans were perfect. I soon learned that many times teaching isn't perfect and we as teachers need to look at

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and an area of growth. January of our second semester feels like a lifetime ago. It seemed like I had a never ending checklist that just kept being added to. But with

that

checklist

something

happened. Somewhere between course assignments for USF, CAT assessments, PACT, solo weeks,

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Quote from a demonstration teacher

“Hosting a resident has been such an incredible learning experience. I think the continuing development of the program is powerful for SFUSD as a whole. I hope to become better at supporting residents in their development both as resident teachers and career educators.”

and solo units I felt more and more confident in my teaching. Being

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Reflections from Residency Year

able to work in the same classroom

Kristin La, Resident 2011-2012

from the first day of school to the last allowed me to really learn how to feel the pulse of the class, and how to be responsive to the needs of my students. But this was definitely one

My mood during the second semester

of

SFTR

fluctuated

between exhilarated, exhausted, nervous, and proud. Taking over a class – including planning,

of the hardest lessons to learn, for

teaching, assessing, grading, and

me. There is so much to think about

student mentoring

at every second of the day, and at

incredible

first I thought that if I prepared

required

enough there was nothing that could

endurance. Among other things,

was

opportunity

an

which

creativity

and

I learned a valuable lesson in

go wrong or surprise me. However, that is totally not true, and even the best lesson plans can go awry. When that happens though,

scope and sequence planning: ensure that the last unit of the school year is highly engaging to combat

the

end

of

year

rather than feeling frustrated and

restlessness.

mad at myself for not being perfect,

science students, sexual health

I know that as long as I am my very

education seemed to do the trick.

best for my students, I can go back

Suddenly,.my.new-teacher

and right my wrongs if need be. I've

classroom

learned to be patient with myself and my students, and that staying positive is the difference between a great day and a tiring frustrating

For my 8th grade

management

issues

disappeared as students sat rapt with

attention.

Those

three

weeks provided some of the highlights of my year.

I want to be a teacher who… “Keeps learning from my students and improving my practice from year to year.” -Quotes from residents last day in practicum Watching

my

students

get

promoted and prepare to leave James Lick Middle School had me considering high school science positions, just for the chance to teach some of them for another year. In the end, I was excited to take a position teaching 8th grade science at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School next year. It is exhilarating and nerving-wracking to think about having my own classroom, and I know the exhaustion will return in the days leading up to August 20. But I cannot wait to meet my

day. The best part about working in

I always knew I would end up

new students and get settled into

the same class the entire school year

pursuing a career in teaching.

a new community, leaning on my

This program was a great way to

experiences

gain

from my year in SFTR.

was the relationships I was able to build with my students. I love every single one of my students and it was

the

confidence

experience I

needed

to

and

prepared going into my first year of teaching. This has been one of

day of school. But I am confident that

the

they

rewarding years of my life.

will

continue

to

grow

as

challenging

and I

students, but more importantly as

depended on the built-in support

people, remembering the lessons

systems of the program, and feel

that they learned this year.

lucky to have established a small network of colleagues, friends and mentors in SFUSD.

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relationships

feel

so hard to say goodbye on the last

most

and

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I used to think…but now…

“That there was a “right” way to teach, but now I realize everyone has their own style.” -Quotes from residents last day in practicum

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Update on our New Website June

will be an exciting month for SFTR as we will be

launching our brand new website! We are working in partnership with Giant Rabbit, which is a San Francisco based company to get our website launched. The site incorporates some great features for both prospective candidates as well as current residents of the program. We have been very mindful of making the website both functional as well as easy to navigate. The launch date is scheduled for the end of the month. See the link below to access the website and let us know what you think!

Moving‌.

and Stanford in its early stages of

oversight will move to Community

development,

Initiatives. University of San Francisco,

the

San

Francisco

Education Fund provided support to

Stanford

Francisco

the program through its launch year

Educators

Education Fund played a leading

to the present. Working with our

continue

role in bringing one of the first

partner organizations to build the

endeavor. The San Francisco Teacher

urban teacher residencies to the

residency, SFTR is now on strong

Residency

West

how

footing both programmatically and

partners

teachers are prepared to serve in

financially. As of June 30, 2012 SFTR

Francisco

San Francisco’s hardest to staff

will be moving from the Education

support in bringing this important

subjects

lead

Fund. The program will physically be

program

partner in this unique collaborative

housed at SFUSD to work more

incubating it. The students of San

with San Francisco Unified School

closely with the district as part of

Francisco

District, University of San Francisco,

their human capital strategy. Fiscal

contributions in this effort.

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2008

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