Educator Resources

Memos to the Field

THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Higher Education

Date: June 2006
To:

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

From:

Johanna Duncan-Poitier                                               

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
          Rebecca Cort
          Joseph Frey 
          Robert Bentley
          Thomas Hogan
          Charles Szuberla

Attachments

Public School Guidance on Recordkeeping and Reporting the required Professional Development

Non Public School Guidance on Recordkeeping and Reporting the required Professional Development

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