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November 2015

In This Issue

1. Teacher's Perpective
2. America's Brain Drain
3. Self Care, Don't Care


Compass Academy in Denver, CO is a new public charter school supported by City Year. It's founding team boasts 5 City Year alumni.

Meet the Founding Teachers >



November 24: Shady Hill School Teacher Training Course
November 30: Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship
 December 1Academy for Urban School Leadership
December 4: Aspire Teacher Residency 
January 15Aspire Teacher Residency 
Rolling admissionsDallas Teacher Residency


The Kids and Schools We Serve - The Teacher's Perspective

Sergio Plaza '15, '16, a Future Educators Task Force member and San Antonio Team Leader, sat down with Mr. G, a partner teacher at Roosevelt High School, to learn more about the teacher's voice and experience working in urban education.

"...What has your experience been like working with our kids?" 

"...It’s been phenomenal… because they reciprocate… they reciprocate the respect. They reciprocate the passion.  They reciprocate the effort, if it’s done right. And that’s what I love about these students..."

Click here to read the full interview >

America's Brain Drain: Where Are Our Teachers?

Matt Spellman '15, '16, a Team Leader in Providence and member of the Future Educators Task Force shares with us some thoughts on this pressing question: How can we, as individuals and as a country, go about changing the national perception of teaching, especially in a time when our kids need teachers the most? 

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Self Care, Don't Care
by Ola Gawlik '15, '16, City Year Milwaukee Team Leader and Future Educators Task Force member

“What did you do for yourself this weekend? How are you taking care of you?” asks one of our partner teachers as a I walk into her room on Monday morning. Even though this conversation has now become a consistent and essential part of our check-ins, the first time she asked it I struggled coming up with an answer. In the education field, stress is normal, as is burnout. There is always more that needs to be done and less and less resources and time to do it. In the midst of the chaos of figuring out my first City Year I ignored self-care. There wasn’t enough time and my to-do list was always filled with other, more important things, or so I thought. Through frustration over simple things, a short temper, and a few breakdowns, I learned the hard way that “self care” shouldn’t be just a buzzword. Not taking care of myself wasn’t helping me and it definitely wasn’t helping my students.

I learned that there is a vital difference between finding ways to disconnect, like a marathon binge on Netflix, and finding ways to recharge. I also learned that recharging doesn’t take nearly as much time as I thought it would. At first I even set a timer, the same way I do for other important tasks that I have been procrastinating. I challenged myself- how much writing and reflecting could I do in 10 minutes? Then I started taking 12 minute reading breaks. I quickly realized that I didn’t need to go far or set aside hours of free time for self care, I just needed to be more mindful and intentional with the time I do have. I've started taking walks around my neighborhood, sitting on my fronts steps with coffee and my journal, getting a library card and reading for pleasure regularly. The benefits have been countless: I have more patience, more positive can-do attitude, I complete tasks more efficiently, I’m more responsive to students’ needs, and I’m overall happier.

 As I start planning my transition from City Year to full time teaching, I plan to take the lesson of self care with me. My to do list will definitely get longer next year, but to be the best educator I can be, I have to make time to make sure I’m relighting my own flame, so that I can spark knowledge and excitement in my students and so that flame can burn for many years to come.



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