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COVID-19 Resources: FREE Remote Learning Opportunities for Educators!

NYS Teacher Centers are dedicated to helping teachers during this time of crisis. Centers from across the state are providing FREE online professional learning opportunities to assist teachers with continuing to improve their teaching practice and develop new strategies to teach their students from a distance. All Centers are still fully functioning, albeit from home offices, and identifying additional ways to best support our educators moving forward.

Please click here for a listing of these FREE online opportunities with registration information for each.


NYS Teacher Centers Approved to Offer SE Certification Extension Programs!

In June of 2018, the NYS Regents approved a new certification pathway for NYS special educators interested in extending their existing certification to address the growing shortage of certified special education teachers in NYS.

Currently, Teacher Centers are the ONLY approved provider of the extension series!

Each 45-hour CTLE course series certification includes three areas of learning (subsets): Knowledge of Students, Instructional Strategies and Professional Practice. Each subset is made up of 15 hours, composed of five 3-hour sessions of learning specific to the subset area. Upon successful completion of the 45 hours and with the teaching experience identified below, teachers can apply for the certification extension with NYSED.

For a complete listing of courses that are currently being offered, please click here. Some courses involve costs. To see if you are eligible to apply, please read the FACT sheet.

Early Childhood (Pre-K-K) Special Education CTLE Certification Extension Series: This series provides the requisite minimum of 45 hours of acceptable CTLE focused on early childhood education. Please note: eligible teachers must have a Student with Disabilities 1-6 NYS Certification and a minimum of 3 years teaching experience at 1st and/or 2nd grade levels.

7-8 Special Education CTLE Certification Extension Series: This series provides the requisite minimum of 45 hours of acceptable CTLE focused on middle level education. Please note: eligible teachers must have a Student with Disabilities 1-6 NYS Certification and a minimum of 3 years teaching experience at 5th and/or 6th grade levels.

10-12 Special Education CTLE Certification Extension Series: This series provides the requisite minimum of 45 hours of acceptable CTLE focused on middle level education. Please note: eligible teachers must have a Student with Disabilities 5-9 NYS Certification and a minimum of 3 years teaching experience at 8th and/or 9th grade levels.

Safe and Supportive Schools Initiative – Dr. Ross Greene

In response to the need to support school district across the state, Teacher Centers have been highly involved with a Safe and Supportive Schools Initiative, based on the work of Dr. Ross Greene, an American clinical child psychologist and author of the books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. Dr. Green, has a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, and has developed a model of intervention called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). Dr. Greene has had a remarkable and profound impact on understanding and reaching students who struggle to participate and succeed in school and life.

During the NYS Teacher Center Fall Focus in October 2019, a statewide event, 125 NYSTC Directors and Policy Board members participated in a statewide professional learning activity focused on Dr. Greene’s book, Lost at School, and his Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model. Directors from across the state engaged in collaborative discussions surrounding struggling children; reviewed some of Dr. Greene’s tools outlined in the book; and practiced using his CPS model.

Teacher Center directors are also participating in online book studies on Lost at School and Lost and Found. Over 150 Directors/Teachers have already completed the study and are now offering it to their local teachers. Our hope is to reach as many educators as possible to share the great work of Dr. Greene and help as many struggling students as possible.

In addition, Teacher Centers are hosting screenings of the film Kids We Lose, accompanied by a discussion and professional learning opportunity.

Dr. Green’s resources are available for free on his website: Lives in the Balance.