Transformative Professional Development: Empowering Teachers Impacting Students


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 115 school-based sites.

Site-based Teacher Center staff support educational communities through:

  • Modeling instructional practices that meet the needs of 21st Century learners aligned with the P-12 New York State Learning Standards

  • Collecting, analyzing and interpreting data for instructional decision making

  • Providing ongoing mentoring support

  • Facilitating teacher-team meetings and study groups

  • Incorporating the principles of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy to engage all learners

  • Integrating instructional technology into classroom practice

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

  • Providing high-quality professional learning opportunities

  • Aligning with NYSED and NYCDOE initiatives to support all students

  • Supporting new teachers in our school system

  • Developing teacher leaders and building instructional capacity

  • Sponsoring Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours

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.