Rome Teacher Center

Upcoming Lab Hours

Days/Hours subject to change - check here often

Mon Oct 25th - 2:30PM - 5:00PM

Tue Oct 26th - 2:30PM - 5:00PM

Wed Oct 27th - 3:00PM - 4:45PM

Mon Nov 1st - 2:30PM - 5:00PM

Tue Nov 2nd - 2:30PM - 5:00PM

Wed Nov 3rd - 3:00PM - 4:45PM

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We are located UPSTAIRS in Jervis Library

613 N Washington St. Rome, NY

Director: Jessica Lattimore

Program Specialist: Sarah Keesler

Lab Assistant: Fred Hall


Phone: 315-336-4570 x248

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DIRECTIONS (Once inside the Library):

The Lab can be accessed by going up the stairs by the Reference Desk, around the stacks to the right, down the "hallway" through the green door on the right marked "LOCAL HISTORY/GENEALOGY AND QUIET STUDY ROOM" and then in through the double doors on the left to the Lab.


Take the elevator to the Second Floor and follow the signs to the Conference Room. Go through the double doors and you have arrived!

STARTED October 13th!!

Meredith Madden describes her Race Dialog course in this brief video.

Rome recruitment video.mp4

List of Workshops and Information We Offer at the RTC

We are Upstairs in the Old Jervis Home section of the Library

613 N Washington St.

See directions above. Lab hours are posted above or on our calendar. The Lab door will normally be locked outside posted user hours.


+++ (6/24/2021) New Teacher Center Certificate Requirements - more info now needed.+++

As a condition of the renewal of our CTLE status with the NY State DOE , we are now required to collect and display the following information for trainees on their training certificates:

- Date of Birth

- Last 4 digits of SSN

These are required by the State. If they decide to audit any of our records going forward they want to be able to positively identify the certificate holder. Records must be kept a minimum of eight years.

Before we can issue a completion certificate, we will be asking for DOB and last 4 of SSN. No data - can't issue a cert.

*** In-Service (Contact Hours) Credit Requests: ALL ASCD Certificates and other Request forms for In-Service Credit for the Feb 1, 2022 cycle must be in by NOON Wednesday, January 19th ***

*** SIGN-IN PROCEDURE when entering the RTC Lab: ***

Anyone knowingly exposed to, or tested positive for COVID in the last 10 days, or displaying any symptoms of any illness - please DO NOT ENTER the Lab. You must properly wear a mask, use the provided hand sanitizer, and sign in when you enter. Once inside, proper social distancing is required. NOTE: This procedure may change based on the current COVID procedures at the time.


The Lab is closed when no staff is present. Lab days and hours could change with short notice. Bookmark this page and check the hours section above.

For the most efficient use of lab resources, when at all possible - please come with items to print or laminate prepared ahead of time.


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General Lab Info


The LAB is typically OPEN Mon, Tue, and Wed afternoons. The LAB is CLOSED when the RCSD is closed - including Holidays and Snow Days. Check the list of day/times above or the Lab Calendar frequently for updates.

NOTE: The Lab calendar will contain an entry "User Hours" on days the Lab is open - if there is no entry on a day, the Lab is CLOSED and the door will be locked.

-- If you have items to return that belong to the Teacher Center --

Bring them in during Lab User Hours or Call or text Jessica at: 315-371-5488


My Learning Plan How To:

Receive and Track Your CTLE Hours

Follow These Steps:

  1. Register for the Event

  2. Once the event is completed you must complete the Survey (if there is one assigned).

  3. Mark Completed after you have attended a RCSD or RTC event.

For BOCES events:

Once your attendance has been marked by BOCES you must mark it Completed.

Other information:

Once all the above steps have been taken you may print a certificate.

If you have certificates from events that are not recorded in My Learning Plan you may upload them into My Learning Plan to keep a digital record of them.

-Scan the certificates onto your computer and then upload into My Learning Plan to track all your hours

in one place.


Latest Info on the NYS Special Ed CTLE Certification Extension Series

(click the arrow at upper right for full size copy)

NYSTC Fall 2021 SpEd CTLE Certification Extension Series.pdf

Events & Course Offerings

Events & Classes will be held at the Rome Teacher Center unless otherwise stated.

Register for all Classes on My Learning Plan (Frontline)

15 Contact/CTLE Hours = 1 In Service Credit

See the "More" tab above for expanded descriptions

**Please scroll down and take our Course Survey. We would like your input.**


!!! New Offerings !!!

Sarah is hoping to put a group together to get another promo code for courses through Advancement Courses. If you are interested in getting a promo code please email Sarah with the subject line of: "the Advancement Course Promo Code" by Friday, November 5, 2021. See more info HERE


In-service Credits/CTLE Question and Answer Sessions

11/8 and 11/15 Zoom Link

3:30-4:30 PM Or 6:00-7:00 PM


Classroom Management:

Dates: Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Nov.23 (asynchronous), Nov. 30, Dec 7

Times: 4-7 PM

15 contact Hours/15 CTLE Hours

Location: In-person/Online Facilitators: Jessica Latimore, Sarah Keesler, Stephanie Darcangelo

Will provide teachers with a variety of ways to build a constructive classroom environment. Teachers will reflect on their current organizational and management practices as they learn about many different aspects of classroom management. It is about understanding your students’ needs, knowing the whole child and yourself in order to build relationships and structure your classroom in a safe and manageable way. We will delve into building relationships, behavior management, instructional practices, classroom rapport, virtual reality tools, responsive teaching, and building a classroom community. It will include SEL and diversity strategies to create an equitable and safe classroom space. For both new teachers and veteran teachers looking to reimagine their classrooms.

Teachers will be confident in their ability to create a constructive learning environment where students will be engaged and empowered in their learning.


Mentor Training: To Be Announced


Our Meredith Madden Courses:

(15 contact hours=1 in-service credit)

Register on My Learning Plan (Frontline)

Another Round for a New Group:

Step I: Race, Racism and Anti-Racism Course 8 contact hours

Wednesdays 10/13; 10/20; 10/27 and Tuesday 11/2 from 4-6:00 pm via Zoom

This course aims to raise educator awareness for your own personal growth, but also to prepare you to create anti-racist educational spaces.

Participants will learn about key language and terms, and focus on understanding concepts of power, privilege, and oppression, racial bias, racial microaggressions, allyship, and equity.

Classes will be facilitated through mini-lectures and critical dialogue.


Step II: Race Dialogues Let’s Talk About Race: An Anti-Racist Book Study

6 contact hours

Mondays 11/29; 12/6 and 12/13 from 4-6:00 pm via Zoom

Prerequisite: Open only to participants who have completed the Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism Course (Step I).

Description: Participants build off the foundation of the Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism Course by applying their content knowledge to the study of So, You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo. Participants use their racial literacy from Stage I to engage in race dialogues under guided facilitation framed by mini-lectures on the selected topics.

Participants must read select chapters of the book in advance of each class meeting. Participants will be given a copy of the book from the Rome Teacher Center.


Step III: Anti-Racist Pedagogy: Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Action for Equitable Classroom Spaces 12 contact hours

Tuesdays 2/1; 2/8; 2/15; 3/1; 3/8 and 3/15 from 4-6:00 pm via Zoom

Prerequisite: This is open only to participants who have completed the Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism Course (Step 1) and Race Dialogues (Step II).

Everyone comes together to learn strategies and have discussions around building a safe equitable classroom space for your students.

More info to follow .


NYS Teacher Center Cert Extension Course Offerings for the Fall:

Prek-K Cert Extension Course offered from Greater Capital Regional Teacher Center (click the link for more info)

SLT New York Teacher Center Course Offerings

Click the link for Registration and course information - you must have (or create) a Frontline account and register on MyLearningPlan


In-service Contact Hours For Up To Two ASCD PD Online Courses.


Courses are available free of charge on the ASCD Platform. Each course is worth 20 in-service contact hours for a total of 40 in-service contact hours per individual.

Once you complete a course you need to complete the RTC ASCD course completion form (LINK) and submit it to the RTC with a copy of the ASCD Certificate of Completion. You will NOT receive a RTC Certificate with the in-service contact hours you have earned.

See the list of courses approved by the RCSD here

NOTE: You will not receive a RTC certificate for these classes, please save your ASCD certificate as future proof of attendance.

You get 2 new free courses a year and you can get credit every year!




We are putting together another group of teachers to get the discount code for Advancement Courses

If you are interested please email Sarah Keesler


Coursework for Salary Advancement

Members are reminded that we are not allowed to work on coursework for salary advancement during school hours. Thus, refrain from any such activity between 9 am and 3 pm Monday through Friday.


Jessica Lattimore

Jessica Lattimore, our Director, has been with the RCSD for over 20 years. She teaches 6th grade and has been on curriculum teams, the Professional Development Committee and many other school teams with the district for over 12 years. Jessica works with teacher centers at the local and state level to provide professional development for teachers. She is one of the founders of the Rome Alliance for Education and Rome Community Schools.

Sarah Keesler

Sarah Keesler, Bellamy Librarian, is our Program Specialist. Sarah and Jessica work together to provide professional development to meet your needs. Sarah brings a new perspective to the center; one we are excited to tap into! Sarah has a tech and STEAM/STEM background and will be available to work with teachers to create lessons and bring resources for teacher use.

Fred Hall

Fred Hall runs the Rome Teacher Center Lab. He has a tech/IT background and is a retired Rome Lab employee. Fred will be here 3 afternoons a week to support your needs with poster printing, color printing, laminating, and the many other services we provide.