TC Update

May 2015

Spring is here!

Finally! Spring is here! As I am writing this, it feel more like summer, but I'm not going to complain. Spring brings us to the end of our workshop schedule. We have one workshop left and the Grit conference. You may still sign up for each, details below.

We hope your year has been successful and your end of year is not too hectic. Remember we are still open for laminating, poster printing, Ellison die machining (is that a word?) along with the opportunity to borrow equipment we loan. We will be open through June our regular hours, Monday-Thursday 3:30-6:30.

The last workshop of the year. Click on the link above to register. Here is the description. With this question, What's going on in this picture? and a carefully chosen work of art, teachers can start their students down a path toward deeper learning and other skills aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards. Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a teaching method that has been successfully introduced in schools and cultural institutions nationwide, provides for open-ended discussions of visual art that significantly increase students' critical thinking, language, and literacy skills. This program will provide an overview of the VTS framework , engage participants in VTS discussions, and provide teachers with tips for facilitating these discussions in their own classrooms. This session will be facilitated by Katherine Bouman, an education consultant who has done VTS work for the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Roberson Museum and Science Center. She has also worked in the Education and Audience Research departments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Australian Museum of Sydney. She currently works as the Assistant Director of the Binghamton University Scholars Program.

May 15, 2015 8am-3pm, DoubleTree Hotel, Binghamton, NY

The cost is $50 which includes the conference fee, continental breakfast, lunch and handouts.

Why do some leaders succeed during challenging times while others struggle? The answer is simple. These leaders possess the “stay-the-course” grit traits necessary to persevere during challenging times and can overcome obstacles, setbacks, and unimaginable challenges. In this session, leaders will explore self improvement strategies to increase stamina, perseverance, tenacity, and courage. Participants will examine ways to acquire 12 powerful grit traits, develop a 21st century mindset, and increase resiliency, while also discovering the motivational and energizing effect of grit. Click on the link below.

The Teacher Center of Broome County has a limited number of scholarships available for this conference. Please email us for more information.

Grit- Parent Night

In addition to the day long conference on May 15, we are also sponsoring an hour long workshop for parents on May 14. I will be held at the First Baptist Church, 1321 Reynolds Rd, Johnson City, NY 13790 from 7-8pm. Please forward this to parents of your students, members of PTA/PTO organizations and anyone else you believe would be interested. To register please go to:

Please help us!

As we approach next year, we want the Teacher Center to serve your needs. We are looking for teachers that would be willing to serve on a committee in the month of June to plan workshops for next year. We are specifically looking for teachers in the following areas:

  • Arts- Performing and Visual
  • Home and Career Skills
  • Technology
  • Business
  • Physical Education
  • Health
  • Special Education
  • Teachers in any core subject 9-12
  • Teachers in any core subject 6-8
  • Teachers in any core subject PK-5

If you are interested, please email us at Give us the following information:


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