Transformative Professional Development: Empowering Teachers Impacting Students

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What We Do

As a collaborative program of the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education, the UFT Teacher Center operates throughout the five boroughs of New York City in some 160 school-based sites.  

Site-based Teacher Center staff support educational communities through:

As a learning professional learning organization, the UFT Teacher Center has committed to:

Social and Emotional Learning 

Understanding Behavior And Strategizing for Success

In this professional learning session participants shared best practices for building relationships with students by examining how the social and emotional needs of students impact performance in school.

Next Generation Standards

Pathways to Advanced Literacies: The Power of Classroom Discussion

In this professional learning session participants examined ways to strengthen the Instructional Core through classroom discussion. They  identified “talk routines” and discussion protocols that develop academic language and knowledge for diverse learners. Participants embarked on connecting the skills and competencies of advanced literacies to the expectations of NGLS and 21st-century learning.

English Language Learners 

Inspiring Collaboration and Creativity:  Engaging ELLs in Project Based-Learning Experiences 

Participants in this professional learning session explored the “Four Cs” of 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity. They engaged in project-based activities using 21st century skills to foster language development. In addition, this session focused on ways to integrate the 4C’s for ELLs  into instructional practice aligned to the Next Generation Learning Standards.

Culturally Responsive Education

Reaching New Heights for the Next Generation 

Participants in this professional learning session began to develop an awareness of cultural diversity and its impact on learning. They  developed a definition of culture by examining the cultural components that shape our identities. Participants then explored ways to create a welcoming and affirming environment in classrooms and school communities. We continued to expand our awareness of culturally sustaining pedagogical practices and considered its impact on learning.