Sullivan County Teacher Center (SCTC)
Judy Brink, Program Director
Phone: (845) 295-4003 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sullivan County Teacher Center is part of the Teacher
Resource and Computer Training Centers, which were
established by the New York State Legislature in 1984 to
provide systematic, ongoing professional education services
to the State’s teachers. The initial appropriation of $3.5 million
established 44 Teacher Centers throughout the State. The 2007-2008 allocation of $40 million supports 130 Centers, which serve some 660 public schools and BOCES, as well as hundreds of non-public school across all regions of the State. More than 230,000 educators have access to Teacher Center services. The benefits they derive are passed on in the form of improved education for some 2,500,000 students across New York State.
Sullivan County Teacher Center is unique in its approach to providing professional development, since it is governed by a policy board that is, by law, composed of at least 51% teachers. Our Center provides services to its constituents based on locally determined needs.
SCTC has developed successful, cost effective, programs that address the purposes prescribed in statute. Our goals encompass the following areas:
Assisting educators in assessing and meeting the learning needs of students
Providing computer demonstration and training sites and programs for educators
Promoting educators’ use of and involvement in educational research to develop and produce curricula and curricular material
Providing educators with training for the improvement of teaching skills
Providing a location and atmosphere to foster sharing and increased understanding of resources, ideas, methods, approaches, information and materials among educators.
Training educators to prepare students to use high technology and to teach the critical thinking and related skills needed for the changing world community
Our Center provides a structure for teachers to take charge of their own professional growth, and afford them an opportunity to share with one another the great wealth of expertise they possess. Approaches to delivering professional development include new teacher training and support, mentoring, peer coaching, collegial circles, mini-grants, technology grants, research opportunities, as well as a full complement of topics offered in more traditional workshop or course formats.
Over the years, SCTC has expanded both the scope and depth of services offered, and has become an educational service center. The entire educational community is encouraged to participate in Center activities, and in many cases special programs are offered for parents and other community groups. Our teacher center builds collaboration across the public and private sectors, including institutions of higher education and business and industry; leverage State funds to increase resources available to local districts; offer affordable training in technology and innovative teaching practices; and maintain high standards of accountability in the services we provide.