NYS Teacher Center History
NYS Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers were established by the New York State Legislature in 1984 under Education Law 316. The intention was to provide school districts and teachers of New York State with an opportunity to develop systematic, on-going in-service training programs. The Centers would assure the dissemination and application of educational research developments in classroom instruction and develop new curricular materials specifically designed to meet the needs of the students served. Teacher Centers allow educators new and expanded opportunities to develop their professional skills. They work with schools in a uniquely collaborative way to design and offer services which teachers need and want. There are currently over 100 Teacher Centers in New York State that serve either a single district or a consortium of districts.
Teacher Centers have led in the integration of technology into curriculum and instruction throughout the State through collaboration with teachers, administrators, higher education, and business. As stated on the NYS Education Dept website, "Teacher Centers have also been, and continue to be, primary supporters and trainers of the development and implementation of New York’s Professional Development Plan requirement, CR 100.2(dd), and its alignment with the NYS Professional Development Standards."
Professional learning is critical for successful student learning, and teacher centers are focused on providing teacher needs through surveys and evaluation of workshops offered. The ultimate goal is motivating students to succeed in an engaging environment, and teacher centers strive to develop professional development programs that will help teachers in achieving that goal.
What can the Intercounty Teacher Resource Center do for me?
Intercounty Teacher Resource Center provides free professional development for its member districts and private schools. This professional learning can be requested by the district administration, the teacher union, or individual teachers. To request professional learning as a member, email the Intercounty Teacher Resource Center Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your school district or private school is not a member of Intercounty Teacher Resource Center, you are a member of a different teacher center. Your union leadership can send you in the right direction.
Interested in more information about New York State Teacher Centers?
NYS Teacher Centers website
NYSUT's Fact Sheet about Teacher Centers