Recent Initiatives

TLQP Mathematics and Science

The Teacher Leader Quality Partnership (TLQP) professional development program, sponsored by the New York State Department of Education, addresses the capacity of local urban elementary school teachers — in New York City and Yonkers — to teach hands-on, interdisciplinary projects for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Leveraging the Center’s Design. Situate. Lead.© approach, the project aims to increase teachers’ knowledge and skills in four key areas: 1) the conceptual understandings identified through the mathematics and science standards; 2) the design of interactive, student-centered projects that involve engineering, problem-based performance tasks and solutions; 3) the use of technology to enhance STEM teaching and to create equitable learning environments; and, 4) the use of authentic assessment and data analysis to better respond to student needs. The three-year tiered professional learning experience is led by Center facilitators who work in collaboration with content knowledge experts from Bank Street College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University.  This TLQP STEM initiative represents the third cycle of TLQP funding received by the Center.

Camp S.M.A.R.T.

Camp S.M.A.R.T. is an intensive summer professional learning experience for elementary teachers in the Yonkers Public Schools district. Situated within a summer school environment, this “learning lab” experience gives teachers a unique opportunity to explore: 1) the design and the implementation of standards-based interdisciplinary projects; 2) the use of authentic approaches to assessment as a way of understanding and responding to student needs; and, 3) the integration of technology as a tool for student understanding.  The Center takes a Design. Situate. Lead. © approach to facilitate this experience for teachers, working alongside participants during the implementation of projects in the classroom, during project planning meetings, and during hands-on workshop sessions held after school.  Teachers are encouraged to collaboratively explore new ideas, and are developed as technology leaders as they progress into multiple years of the program.  The “learning lab” context also provides an opportunity for principals and assistant principals to experience leading in technology-rich, project-based environments for learning. The Center has worked with approximately 200 teachers and five administrators since the inception of Camp S.M.A.R.T. in 2011.

LTG – Digital Authors Project

The Digital Authors Project is a Learning Technology Grant (LTG) funded by the New York State Department of Education. This project establishes a community in which English and art teachers, and library media specialist from three Yonkers area high schools work with CTSC facilitators to expand students’ understanding and experience of writing and authorship in a digital world. Using the Center’s Design. Situate. Lead. © approach, the project engages faculty and administration in sustained professional development workshops and classroom visits over the three-year period to develop a model, technology-infused curriculum for student writing and digital publishing, as derived from the standards. The program also aims to foster new environments for student creation and text interaction and to develop the capacity of library leaders to support educational technology initiatives in schools. The Digital Authors Project represents the Center’s third iteration of LTG-funded initiatives with the Yonkers Public Schools.

Bulgaria Young Leaders Program

The Educational Leaders’ Training Program (ELTP) brings 15 secondary school educators from Bulgaria to the U.S. for a dynamic three-week training program to explore and to learn about instructional innovation and the role of technology for reimagining educational landscapes. The program consists of two distinct, but integrated components: 1) academic sessions facilitated by the Center, and 2) field work experiences to learn first-hand from public high school and Independent school educators that utilize project-based learning approaches and new technologies in their classrooms. ELTP is one of four Bulgarian Young Leaders Programs coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and sponsored by the America for Bulgaria Foundation. The Center works in collaboration with the Office of International Affairs at Teachers College to coordinate the program.  A recent TC Media Center article, Bulgaria Was In the House, captures the spirit of the initiative.

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