Rome Teacher Center

Upcoming Lab Hours

Days/Hours subject to change - check here often

Mon Nov 29th - 2:30PM - 5:00PM

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

Wed Dec 1st - 3:00PM - 4:45PM

The Lab doors will normally be locked (and alarmed by the Library) outside posted user hours.

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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 in through the double doors on the left.


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

New Series 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


+++ (6/24/2021) New Teacher Center CTLE 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

This information is required when you need to submit CTLE hours to 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. NOTE: We do not require this information for Contact Hour certificates submitted to the RCSD for in-service credits.

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

*** In-Service (Contact Hours) Credit Requests: ALL ASCD Certificates and other In-Service Credit Requests 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 current COVID procedures.


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

+++RESERVATION PROCESS has been suspended+++

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

-- If you have loaned items to return 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.


CTLE vs. Inservice vs. Graduate Hours

See Slide Presentation HERE

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

CTLE v Inservice v Graduate.pdf


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 Hours = 1 In Service Credit

CTLE Hours May or May Not count towards 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


Attend a Chat with your Colleagues

The Rome Teacher Center is continuing our individual school groups to discuss equity, culturally responsive teaching, our students, and how we can make a difference in our lives, our classroom, and our school communities for ourselves and our students. A place to have an honest conversation and feel supported.

This will be a safe place for one hour a month to share our thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

See the Banner item at the top of the page for more info on dates, times, etc.


5 Minute Stress Relievers for the Classroom:

December 7th at 4:00 pm via Zoom

1.5 contact hours/CTLE hours

Facilitator: Bianca Johnson

Register on Frontline

Happy Classroom - Happy Life is a virtual workshop that teaches you 10 stress-busting techniques that can be done in 5 minutes or less. Participants will receive a replay of the LIVE training to reference the tools in the future. As part of this interactive workshop, you will receive a workbook for students that includes all of the tools and reflection questions for students. These tools are great for both teachers and students to find a sense of calm throughout the school day.

The perfect opportunity to learn how to relax before the holidays!


In-service Credits/CTLE Question and Answer Sessions

Date: TBD Zoom Link

Time: TBD


Classroom Management: Webinar Series

Second Session

In our second Classroom Management series, Stephanie will cover strategies to use in your classroom and how to give students a voice in their education.

Date: Thursday Dec 9th

Time: 4 - 6 PM

2 Contact Hours/2 CTLE Hours for each Webinar

No need to register in Frontline, just join in on Tuesday. Attendance will be recorded afterwards.

Location: Online

Facilitators: Jessica Latimore, Sarah Keesler, Stephanie Darcangelo

Provides 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 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.


Coming Soon!!

Amplify and Savass Grade Level Professional Learning Communities.

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


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

Participants 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: Builds off the foundation of the Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism Course by applying 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.


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 and keeps/submits our training records. 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.