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 U.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.
CTSC’s international initiatives grow from an understanding of the educational context of partner countries, and often begin with a strategic mission trip to design collaborative initiatives with the goal of systemic change. Programs benefit from a focused in-country component, that are designed with sustainability in mind as we work with teachers, administrators, university partners, ministry leaders, and other education stakeholders. International projects can also include intensive study tour components at Teachers College and include structured visitations to New York City schools.
Note on Continuing Education Hours. CTSC will work with individual partners, as needed, to acknowledge each participant’s commitment to professional learning. Teachers College is an approved NYS Continuing Teacher and Leader Education provider, and CTLE credits are available for most CTSC programs. Further, 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).
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.
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.