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The UFT Teacher Center is the union’s nationally known professional development program. Its professional development philosophy is straightforward and practical, emphasizing instruction based on the state and city standards and ongoing, collegial support.
- Teacher Center staffers can help you deepen your content knowledge and enhance your teaching skills.
- They are your colleagues. The wisdom they share is based on practical classroom experience.
- They can offer you advice, encouragement and the opportunity to try out and master new techniques.
Their goal is simple: to help you become a dynamic and knowledgeable teaching professional.
The Teacher Center operates sites at approximately 130 schools of all levels in all regions of the city. There you can:
- Find instructional resources, computer access and the math and literacy coaches at those schools.
- Plan instruction, lessons, units and projects with Teacher Center staff.
- Problem-solve classroom management situations.
- Learn to use multimedia equipment to prepare for interdisciplinary teaching.
- Take professional development seminars and courses.
To find UFT Teacher Center sites, search www.ufttc.org or print a directory.
Networking and learning opportunities
If you want a change of scene, to meet other new teachers who are facing the same challenges and to expand your repertoire of skills, the Teacher Center can help. It offers:
- Study groups, seminars, summer institutes and content area conferences.
- Exciting conferences throughout the year focusing on educational issues. Recent ones included "Applying the NYS P–12 Common Core Learning Standards for Literacy" and "Pathways to the Common Core: Engaging ELLs in Language Literacy and Content Learning."
- Many of these professional activities are free or low fee. For current listings, see the union paper, New York Teacher’s TNT (The Newer Teacher) page and www.ufttc.org.