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The Center for Technology and School Change

Teachers College, Columbia University

Our Approach to Professional Learning

CTSC Professional Development Model:
Innovating Instruction ©



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


Create learning experiences for teachers that foster professional respect while adapting the learning for their particular school and situation


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



Customized Personal Learning Program

Teachers discussing the use of technology

The Center for Technology and School Change (CTSC) at Teachers College, Columbia University designs custom professional development programs for schools and districts – both nationally and abroad – to engage teachers and leaders in rethinking education for the digital age. Utilizing CTSC’s research-based model for Innovating Instruction©, programs engage teachers as designers of rigorous learning experiences, and consider approaches to leadership that grow and sustain transformative school environments.

CTSC’s initiatives typically begin with a needs assessment process to identify program goals, and to situate professional development to the needs of participants. Primary elements of the implementation include hands-on workshops and structured classroom-based work. The scope of professional development programs range from approximately 15 – 50 contact hours per year.  Pricing is based on CTSC’s daily rate for professional development, consistent with Teachers College Centers and Institutes.

Teachers discussing the use of technology

Authorized IACET Provider

Continuing Educational Units (CEUs) are also available for participants, and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Teachers College, Columbia University has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Recent Projects

NYC In-Tech lego farm

CTSC is working in partnership with ten Title I New York City Department of Education schools (five elementary schools; five middle schools) to build the capacity of teachers to implement technology-integrated transdisciplinary STEM instruction through the Meaningful Integration of Technology "NYC InTech" program.

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BYLP workshop recent photo

The Education Technology Directors' Program (ETDP) prepares a select group of 20 Bulgarian educators over two years to assume positions as Technology Directors (the equivalent of the New York Department of Education's Technology Specialist) in the Bulgarian primary and secondary schools.

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CTSC is collaborating with the New York City Department of Education on two Federally-funded Magnet initiatives. In partnership with the Center, these schools are transforming their culture, and more specifically building a practice for designing and implementing authentic, interdisciplinary STEM learning experiences that embrace their respective themes.

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