From the Director

A Message from the Teacher Center Director

The Mid-State Teacher Center is one of 125 such entities across New York State.  Collectively, NY Teacher Centers are the largest professional learning community within New York State's educational community, serving 675 public school districts, and a range of non-public and charter schools.  Teacher Centers support student achievement by offering teaching professionals, administrators, and paraprofessionals a range of learning and collaborative opportunities, and by supplying resources to extend adult learning.

For the 2019-2020 school year, Midstate Teacher Center will focus its inititatives on the professional learning needs of component districts and schools as determined by a needs assessment, from written feedback from workshop participants, and through interviews conducted throughout the year.

Focus Areas for the Mid-State Teacher Center 2019-2020 Grant:

The focus of the Mid-State Teacher Center for current grant year, which runs July 1, 2019 – June 30, 20, includes a host of activities with the common goals of increasing teacher capacity and increasing student achievement.    Mid-State Teacher Center will continue to collaborate with Madison-Oneida BOCES Staff and Curriculum Development and higher education in a number of endeavors:

  • Enhance and deepen educator content knowledge aligned with the NYS P-12 Learning Standards in the Arts by:
    • Providing stipends to three teacher facilitators for BOCES-based Professional Learning Communities (PLCs);
    • Providing music and art consultants.

  • Enhance educators’ strategies and skills in meeting the needs of diverse learners by:
    • Providing stipends for up to six teacher facilitators for BOCES-based PLCs (Secondary Special Education, School Counselors, Occupational/Speech/Physical Therapists, and Teaching Assistants);
    • Providing access for 80 teachers and/or teaching assistants to attend the 2019 Madison-Oneida BOCES Staff & Curriculum Development’s summer conference, Better Behavior:Relationships, Supports, and Strategies, on July 17 & 18, 2019;

  • Enhance and deepen teachers’ instructional skills and content knowledge aligned with NYS Learning Standards in ELA, mathematics, social studies, science, and for integrating technology into curriculum and instruction by providing stipends for up to ten teacher facilitators for BOCES-based PLCs (Pre-K, ELA K-6, ELA 9-12, Elementary Math, Math 7 & 8, Middle Level Science, Chemistry/Physics, Global 9 & 10, Technology Integration, and Technology Education 9-12).
  • Build, support, and enhance teacher pre-service and in-service experience by collaborating with Utica College to:
    • Continue to conduct “Reflective Seminars” for pre-service teachers and their cooperating teachers;
    • Provide stipends for in-service teachers to attend the “Reflective Seminars”;
    • Provide written resources for pre-service teachers;
    • Provide stipends to participants of EdTPA training.

  • Support teacher and para-professional capacity to create and maintain safe, secure, supportive, and inclusive learning environments for all students by:
    • Providing a consultant for the October 25, 2019 Superintendent’s Conference Day to train on autism:what it is, how best for teachers and para-professionals to support children on the spectrum, and how to use positive supports;
    • Providing attendees with resources for extending their learning.
  • Extend adult learning beyond the time and scope of workshops, conferences, and PLC meetings by:
    • Providing a lending library of current and classic professional journals, books, and materials for use free of charge by educators, para-professionals, and parents;
    • Providing materials and supplies that enable teachers and para-professional to implement newly-learned strategies in the classroom.