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The UFT Teacher Center

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The UFT Teacher Center, founded in 1979, is a school-based professional development program that promotes teacher excellence and academic achievement for all students. The program is a collaboration of the UFT, the State Education Department, the city Department of Education, participating schools, school support organizations and metro-area colleges and universities.

School sites

Citywide, 134 UFT Teacher Center sites in 118 school buildings are providing vital support for public school educators. Drawing on current research and best practices, the Teacher Center’s professional development activities for educators are designed to deepen content knowledge and enhance pedagogical skill. Activities include intensive in-classroom support and after-school study groups.

Citywide conferences

A highlight of UFT Teacher Center offerings is its series of conferences held on weekends during the school year. Always well-attended, these conferences are wonderful sources of high-quality professional development in specific academic areas.

See the fall 2022 citywide conferences


Learn more

Explore resources for educators, PD opportunities and its approach to job-embedded professional learning for NYC public school teachers.

Visit the UFT Teacher Center website



What's New

UFT provides support for phonics-based curricula

Hundreds of UFT members took advantage of a free UFT Teacher Center course on the science of reading in July. The course, which combined in-person and virtual learning, was part of the union’s effort to support educators as the Department of...

We’re your home for professional learning

UFT Vice President for Education Mary Vaccaro writes that the UFT Teacher Center has been a leader in providing New York City public school educators with high-quality professional learning for more than 40 years. The program recently has begun...

Centers of attention

When Cara Jacofsky began her teaching career 23 years ago, she was determined to become the best teacher she could be for her students, so she connected with the UFT Teacher Center. “The first few years of my teaching career, they would plan lessons...