NYS Teacher Centers provide a vast array of professional learning opportunities for all educators from PK-20. Our programs meet the needs of local districts while supporting statewide initiatives and federal regulations. Each year, our statewide organization selects focus areas to guide our activities for the year. These areas are selected from our yearly grant application. These activities are not all-inclusive but comprise the majority of our work. Individual Teacher Centers also select their own focus areas based on the needs of their local districts and teachers. For information on initiatives and programs of individual Centers, please visit their websites, which can be found on the Locations tab.
For a complete listing of FREE professional learning opportunities supported by our Statewide Leadership grant, please click here. There are also FREE courses being offered by Individual Teacher Centers. Those courses can be found here. Registration for all courses is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Our organization is approved to offer 45 hour programs for teachers to obtain Special Education Certification Extensions in PK-K, 7-8, and 10-12 grade bands. Courses are being offered statewide through various formats that are accessible to any SE teacher. For a complete listing of courses that are currently being offered, please click here. Some courses involve costs. We are also offering 2 sections of each extension for FREE through our Statewide Leadership Grant. To see if you are eligible to apply, please read the FACT sheet.
Digital badges help learning communities grow, engage and inspire
Badge List provides data-driven learning tools that decrease costs and improve outcomes for professional learning. Our Statewide Teacher Center Network has developed its own Digital Badge program to provide on-demand learning opportunities for educators across NYS. For more information on Digital Badges and the NYS Teacher Center program, please click on the links.
Focus Area 1: Culturally Responsive Education
One of our major initiatives this year is professional development to support teachers in best meeting the unique needs of diverse learners including cultural diversity and poverty. To accomplish this goal, we are offering the following FREE professional learning opportunities:
Focus Area 2: Safe and Supportive Schools
Our second major initiative this year involves supporting teachers in creating safe, secure, supportive and inclusive learning environments for all students. To reach this goal, our organization is providing the following FREE learning opportunities:
Online book study on Dr. Ross Greene's book, Lost at School
Online book study on Dr. Ross Greene's book, Lost and Found
Webinars on Social Emotional Learning issues for students and teachers
2 hour online courses including pre-recorded webinars on SEL and group discussion and reflection
15 hour online course on Dr. Ross Greene's Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (includes a 6 hour livestream recorded in March 2020)