GST BOCES Building #11
Instructional Support Center
459 Philo Road
Elmira, New York 14903
Fax Number: 607-795-5310
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Phone: 607-739-3581 x1550
Phone: 607-739-3581 x1465
The SCT/C Teacher Center serves more then 50 schools in our region of Upstate New York.
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Our Teacher Center begins its 27th year in September, 2010. In 1978, the Federal Government passed legislation to establish teacher centers that would provide staff development responsive to participant's expressed needs. In 1984, The Schuyler-Chemung-Tioga/Corning Teacher Center was funded and opened its doors.
The federal legislation ended in 1982. New York State passed Teacher Center legislation in 1984. The state Teacher Center grant was modeled on the Federal grant but it added computer training as part of the funding requirement. Our name changed officially from Teacher Center to Teacher Resource and Computer Training Center. Nevertheless, the central mission of centering remained the same: that of responding to the expressed needs of teachers. In 1984, there were 44 Teacher Centers in NYS. Today there are 132!
Teacher Centers purport to break teacher isolation by creating a collegial place. Through the Center, teacher leadership has established input into program and activities, teachers facilitating and teaching workshops, teachers being awarded minigrants to design and implement their own classroom projects, teachers serving on the Policy Board to set policy for the Center, and a Policy Board, which, by legislation, is made up of 51% teachers.
What was written in Bell Ringers, Fall 1989, remains true today:
All of us at the Center have a vision about centering that energizes and nurtures us and keeps us going. We see the Center as a place to make connections-professional, intellectual, and personal, a place of resources-tangible and intangible, a place to take risks, to validate ourselves and each other as professionals who have impact. Continual professional growth remains the goal of the Teacher Center.
The Teacher Center responds to the "voice of the teacher"-but only if you keep the conversation going!
To promote professionalism throughout the region developing competent and confident educators by:
providing the knowledge, skills and support necessary to grow as decision makers
increasing and enhancing communication
creating opportunities for collaboration with each other and our communities
strengthening support and assessment systems through continuous improvement and staff development activities
Educators will network with peers to discuss instructional strategies, share expertise, gather information and formulate/explore new roles.
Participants will apply strategies, skills and techniques in a learning environment.
Participants will incorporate tools/strategies and varied assessment techniques that target higher level thought processes.
Participants will use technology as an instructional tool and promote the understanding and acquisition of technology as an instructional tool.
Educational community members will practice effective communication skills and strategies that will enhance the collaborative relationships within our communities.
Educational personnel will learn new skills and discuss various strategies focused on working with students with special needs.
Please drop in to chat, make suggestions, or use the Center's resources. As always, we look forward to seeing you!
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