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Syracuse Teacher Center
Syracuse SE-SIS
Voice: (315) 435-4217
Fax: (315) 435-4218
E-mail: info@syracusetc.org

NYS Teacher Centers

New York State Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers

Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers were established by the New York State Legislature in 1984 to provide systematic, ongoing professional education services to the State's teachers. Currently there are 127 teacher centers serving over 670 public school districts and BOCES, as well as hundreds of non-public schools across all regions of the State. More than 230,000 educators have access to Teacher Center services. The benefits they derive are passed on in the form of improved education for some 2,500,000 students across New York State.

Teacher Centers are unique in their approach to providing professional development. They are governed by a policy board which is, by law, composed of at least 51% teachers. Each Center provides services to its constituents based on locally determined needs.

To implement educational reform NYS Teacher Centers:

  • Promote learning through informed teaching to meet higher standards
  • Provide computer inservice to support improved teaching
  • Transform educational research into practice
  • Sponsor continuous learning to improve teaching skills and curricula
  • Foster educational partnerships
  • Assist teaching and achievement through technology

Teacher Centers provide a structure for teachers to take charge of their own professional growth and afford them an opportunity to share with one another the great wealth of expertise which they possess. Approaches to delivering professional development include new teacher training and support, mentoring, peer coaching, collegial circles, mini-grants, and research opportunities, as well as a full complement of topics offered in more traditional workshop or course formats.

Over the years, Teacher Centers have expanded both the scope and depth of services offered, and have become educational service centers. The entire educational community is encouraged to participate in Center activities and in many cases special programs are offered for parents and other community groups. Teacher Centers build collaboration across the public and private sectors, including institutions of higher education, business and industry; leverage state funds to increase resources available to local districts; offer affordable training in technology and innovative teaching practices; and maintain high standards of accountability in the services they provide. They represent a unique infra-structure which continues to contribute to the improvement of education in New York State.

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