Tonawanda/Grand Island Teacher Center

Welcome to your Tonawanda/Grand Island Teacher Center

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR NYSED TEACH REGISTRATION

Hi all. Some of you may be approaching your 5-year re-registration period for the NYSED TEACH system. I have attached a document which explains what should happen as you approach your deadline to re-register. Basically, you will receive an email from NYSED to remind you to re-register and attest to your 100 CTLE hours. However, you should confirm that TEACH has your current email as they will send it to the email they have on file. Please refer to the document for complete details. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at cherman@onboces.org.

WELCOME BACK MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Welcome back teachers and support staff! Despite the many challenges you are facing, we hope that your year has begun on a good note and you are adjusting to the new demands of hybrid and remote teaching.

My name is Cheryl Herman and I am the Director of the TGITC. We, at the Teacher Center, are here to support you on your professional learning journey. We are dedicated to providing you with the most current, research-based learning opportunities to enhance your teaching practice and enrich your students’ learning. The courses we are offering this year will be completely online and flexible to account for the uncertainty of the school environment. We realize how busy and stressed everyone is and hope that the opportunities we are providing will help you overcome some of the challenges you may be encountering.

In addition to the course offerings in this newsletter, we also offer a variety of special services including poster making, laminating, equipment loans and die cuts. Our office, located at the Kaegebein Elementary school in Grand Island, is open every other Tuesday from 4-6pm or by appointment. Please see "Special Services" for more information.

If there are any other programs or services that may help you, please do not hesitate to contact me or your Policy Board representative. We are here for you!

Thank you for supporting NYS Teacher Centers and lifelong learning!

Cheryl Herman

cherman@onboces.org

ABOUT THE TONAWANDA/GRAND ISLAND CENTER

The Tonawanda/Grand Island Teacher Center, TGITC, services the Grand Island and City of Tonawanda School Districts. Grand Island is a suburban district and Tonawanda is a small city district both of whom report demographic changes with an increased number of English Language Learners (ELL), specifically students who speak Arabic as their native language. Our Center serves approximately 550 teachers, teacher aides and administrators. There are approximately 5,800 students.

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Center is to improve the education of students through on-going preparation of teachers, staff and parents. Workshop participants will continue to explore research-based teaching methods and professional skills and knowledge based on the New York Learning Standards. Workshops, seminars, professional development projects, study groups and conferences are the methods used to deliver these services to our constituents.

NEW YORK STATE TEACHER CENTERS

From the Lighthouse in Montauk to the Adirondack Mountains to Niagara Falls, the NYSTC Network is a vibrant collaborative organization that spans New York State. Since beginning the program in 1984, the Teacher Centers have become a vital and essential institution for teacher growth. Our mission is simple: provide high-quality professional learning opportunities for educators to enrich their teaching practice and improve student learning and achievement. With our 126 Teacher Centers and 7 regional networks, the NYSTC Network is continuously working towards meeting the current needs of our diverse student population living in an ever-changing global environment.

Because organizations grow and prosper by learning from their own work, the New York State Teacher Centers have undertaken the responsibility of setting standards for professional development practice. Through their collaborations with one another, school districts and other educational and community organizations, the Centers have provided sustained, immediate, cost-effective and efficient professional development for educators.

Tonawanda/Grand Island Teacher Center

Kaegebein Elementary School

Room #5

1690 Love Road

Grand Island, New York 14072

Cheryl Herman-Director, cherman@onboces.org

Phone: (716) 731-6800 x3772

Hours of Operation: 4pm-6pm every other Tuesday and by appointment

New York State Teacher Centers are approved CTLE providers.