Rome Teacher Center

Upcoming Lab Hours


Days/Hours subject to change - check here often

Mon Sep 20th - 2:30PM - 5:00PM

Wed Sep 21st - 2:30PM - 5:00PM

Thu Sep 23rd - 3:00PM - 4:45PM

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We are now 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: 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.

You may take the elevator to the Second Floor and follow the signs to the Conference Room. Through the double doors and you have arrived!


FREE - FREE - FREE!!! Jervis Library is celebrating back to school with all books in the Dillon Room (magazine room) now at the bargain price of free until all items are gone. It includes a selection of books and books on CD for children and teens that might be of interest to teachers.

Watch for New dates soon! See Meredith describing the course in this brief video.

Rome recruitment video.mp4

Click The Check Mark for Lab Reservation Process (Suspended)

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.

*** ALL ASCD Certificates and other Request forms for In-Service Credit for the Oct 1, 2021 cycle must be in by NOON Monday, Sept 20th ***

*** There is a 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 - 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 of re-opening.


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.

+++ LAB RESERVATION SYSTEM (Suspended as of Aug 17, 2021): Given the amount of physical space available, the Lab will continue using a RESERVATION process to ensure safe social distancing and resource sanitization can be maintained at all times.

Current space limitations will allow for a MAXIMUM of FIVE (5) simultaneous Lab users in addition to any RTC Staff.

RESERVATION PROCESS (Suspended as of August 17, 2021):

  1. View the Day/Hours available above and then check the Reservations Calendar HERE to check availability of your desired time slot(s). To allow availability to more people, please only request a maximum of one (1) hour per day. NOTE: The 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

  2. Fill out the RTC Lab Reservation Form HERE - be sure to hit SUBMIT at the bottom of the form.

IF YOU CAN'T ACCESS THE FORM - Send an email to to request your time slot and provide the following info:


Your Full Name,

Day/Time Requested,

Expected Duration (15 min, 30 min, 1 hour, etc),

Resources Required (Poster Printer, Laminator, etc),

Your Contact Email and Phone Number.

  1. RTC Staff normally checks email several times per day and enters your request on the RTC Reservations Calendar. You will receive an email reply stating your reservation was confirmed or there was a conflict and you need to select a new day and/or time. Requesting your reservation at your earliest convenience will ensure we can respond to it in a timely manner.

  2. Reservation requests are entered on a first come/first served basis based on the time your form/email request was received.

If you need to cancel or change a reservation for any reason please edit your existing RESERVATION FORM (at the link above) or email us ASAP to allow us to update the calendar and allow other users access to your previous time slot.


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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.

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 !!!

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


Bounce Back and Start Anew

Dates: Sept. 20 and 27 Approved 10 inservice contact/CTLE hours

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM

Format: Zoom/Google Meet/In person


Facilitators: Jessica Lattimore and Sarah Keesler

It is time to do what teachers do best. Spring back and start anew. We will use the Rebound Playbook by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frye, Dominique Smith and John Hattie and other resources, to bounce back from the trauma and stress of the last year and a half. We will assess the trauma, evaluate what we learned about remote teaching, determine what we need to move forward and shift the narrative of learning loss to engaged learning by implementing instructional strategies and assessments to regain learning lost and empower students to move forward with their learning. When we come back together in the fall we can evaluate where your students are and what you and your students need to “rebound” with hands on work that you may take back to your classroom.


Part 2: No need for extra work: Create Lessons that Integrate Social Emotional Learning

Dates: Sept. 16 and 23 Approved 10 inservice contact/CTLE hours

Time: 4:00-6:00PM

Format: Zoom/Google Meet/In person

Cost: Free

Facilitators:Jessica Lattimore

This series is part 2 of how to bring social emotional learning skills into your everyday classroom routine. You will integrate social emotional skills into your everyday lessons. Students will learn skills for self, interpersonal skills, and skills as a community member. You will build a classroom community and improve student motivation and engagement by incorporating social emotional learning into your current lesson plans. We will work together to create lesson plans you may use in your classroom.




For teachers who have completed the training course Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism looking to continue their Professional Learning in the area of teaching for equity and justice.

Time and Dates: TBD

Contact/CTLE Hours: 15 contact hours

Counts towards in-service credit


See link at top of page for more info


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 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.




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.