Our Approach

Design. Situate. Lead.©

The Center works with educators to develop engaging learning environments for students. Our model for innovating instruction is focused on three principles:


Design: Engage teachers as designers of student-centered, authentic learning experiences


Situate: Champion professional learning that is embedded in the realities of teachers and schools


Lead: Support leaders in guiding and sustaining change initiatives, while positioning teachers as agents of change


CTSC facilitators help practitioners develop their instructional knowledge through an ongoing professional development process. As teachers design a standards-based curriculum project, they discover how technology can enhance their teaching strategies, and their students’ understanding of content.

The Center customizes professional learning initiatives to meet the needs of participants. Our hands-on sessions address the goals expressed by school leaders and practitioners, and leverage the available technology resources. The structured classroom-based work can include individual or collaborative planning sessions, modeled instruction, or co-teaching.

This approach is based on research findings from over a decade of work with teachers and leaders across PK-16 traditional and online/blended schools in the greater New York metro area and beyond, including international educators from Bulgaria, Ghana, China, and Mexico.

A recent National Science Foundation (NSF) grant supports our research on the implementation of the approach for sustainable, school transformation in the area of STEM teaching and learning.

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