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Teacher Center reopens at Transit Tech Career and Technical Education HS, Brooklyn

A tool for collaboration

UFT and school leaders waiting to enter the new Teacher Center at Transit Tech. Miller Photography

Waiting to enter the new Teacher Center at Transit Tech Career and Technical HS in Brooklyn after the ribbon cutting are (from left) Transit Tech Chapter Leader Maria Maravegias, UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds-Price, Principal Marlon Bynum, UFT Teacher Co-Directors Rita Danis and Charles LoBello.

Teachers Darleen Seedan, Camacho James and Jacqueline McDonald in the new center Miller Photography Teachers Darleen Seedan (standing), Camacho James and Jacqueline McDonald try out the center's new computers.

Transit Tech Career and Technical Education HS in East New York, Brooklyn, celebrated the official reopening of its Teacher Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 29. More than 30 UFT members — including Vice President for Career and Technical Education High Schools Sterling Roberson and Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds — and CTE industry partners attended the event. Kim Hinds-Price, a Transit Tech teacher and the Teacher Center coordinator, said its activities will include one-on-one coaching, opportunities to earn Continuing Teacher and Leader Education credits and a work station where CTE and academic teachers can collaborate. The UFT Teacher Center, now in its 38th year, is a school-based professional development program that promotes teacher excellence and academic achievement for all students. Co-Director Rita Danis said schools such as Transit Tech are vital to teaching students applied skills, and its new Teacher Center will enhance those capabilities by reinforcing both CTE and academic lessons. “Collaboration is extremely powerful. Students see the interconnectedness,” said Danis. Transit Tech Chapter Leader Maria Maravegias said the school is looking forward to using the center’s newly designated work space to encourage teachers to collaborate on lesson plans and to share their knowledge. “The best feedback is colleague to colleague. So it’s great for our teachers to get together and share ideas,” said Maravegias. Robert Martinez, who teaches electronics, said the center is especially helpful to him as a CTE teacher. “It’s nice that whenever I’m teaching a lesson,” Martinez said,” I can consult a math teacher to figure out how to best educate students.” Transit Tech is the only CTE high school in the district with a Teacher Center, where resources include Apple computers, individual desk spaces, a Promethean board and professional books and materials. Hinds-Price said with this asset, everybody wins. “We have open access hours,” she said, “so teachers at other schools who don’t have a Teacher Center can come over and use our resources, too.”

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