Memos to the Field
THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Higher Education
District Superintendents of Schools; Superintendents of Public Schools and Administrators of Charter Schools; School Personnel Administrators; New York City Department of Education; Other Interested Parties
|Subject:||Guidance on recordkeeping and reporting the required Professional development completed by teachers and teaching assistants in your schools|
Professional development opportunities are important to helping teaching professionals integrate new knowledge and state-of-art techniques and technologies into their practice; to make new and innovative contributions to the school community; and to positively impact student outcomes. Recognizing this, the State’s new certification structure that went into effect in 2004, requires that teachers with Professional certificates and Level III teaching assistants complete ongoing professional development.
The attached set of Questions and Answers (Q&A) provides you with guidance on recording and reporting professional development that teachers with Professional certificates and teaching assistants with Level III certificates in your schools are now required to complete. In addition, we are pleased to provide you with information about the new web-based computer system -- TEACH (Teacher Education And Certification Help) – which enables teachers and teaching assistants to submit reports of the professional development they have completed to the State Education Department on-line. We hope this information is helpful.
Thank you for your commitment to excellence and achievement in teaching and learning. If you have any questions or need additional information about the professional development requirement, please contact the Office of Higher Education’s Office of Teaching Initiatives Policy Unit at (518) 474-4661.
cc: Jean Stevens
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