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
To implement educational reform NYS Teacher Centers:
- Promote learning through informed teaching to meet higher
- Provide computer inservice to support improved teaching
- Transform educational research into practice
- Sponsor continuous learning to improve teaching skills
- 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.
Teacher Centers in New York State