About Centers

About Teacher Centers The Evaluation Strategy Committee, on behalf of New York State's Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers has developed standards that guide the work of the Teacher Centers. Below is an introduction to these standards that explains the use of Teacher Centers and their relationship within the educational system. New York State Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers support New York State's efforts to encourage higher learning standards. The over 100 centers, networked across the State, are uniquely positioned to initiate and sustain professional inquiry. Through their mission, governance and personnel, the Centers contribute to the learning of teachers and other educators. Teacher Centers are governed by Policy Boards composed of teachers, administrators, representatives of post-secondary education, business, cultural, community organizations and parents. The Centers are linked by seven regional networks that provide teachers and school districts the opportunities to share resources, plan collaboratively and respond to regional as well as individual needs and initiatives. Since their beginning as a State program in 1984, the Teacher Centers have become a vital and essential institution for teacher growth. Through their collaborations with one another and other educational and community organizations, the Centers have provided sustained, immediate, cost-effective and efficient professional development for educators. Because organizations grow and prosper by learning from their own work, the New York State Teacher Centers have undertaken the responsibility of setting the standards for professional development practice.

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