STTCN Professional Development

Spring Series

The Southern Tier Teacher Center Network has teamed up as a region to offer several Social Emotional Learning and Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning workshops for the spring semester. We sincerely hope these professional learning opportunities will provide you, our talented educators and school-related professionals, with additional tools and resources to support the ever-changing educational landscape. Click here to view our full listing in MLP. Click here to learn more about NYS Teacher Centers!


Happy learning and be well,

The Southern Tier Teacher Center Network

Feb 8, Feb 22, & Mar 1; 4-5pm; ONLINE

Abolitionist teaching, a term popularized by Dr. Bettina Love in her book 'We Want To Do More Than Survive', is a practice that demands educators pull up oppressive systems from the roots and replace them with loving, just, and equitable institutions that center the beauty and brilliance of Black children. Abolition is not kind or polite, and it does not ask for permission. The first part of the antiracist book study is dedicated to 'We Want To Do More Than Survive' and the practice of educational abolition. Participants will engage in challenging conversations, deep personal reflection, and curricular inquiry that will have both immediate and long term effects in their classrooms. Although this program begins during Black history month, the antiracist book series acknowledges that Black lives matter every day and therefore we say; 'February and Beyond'.


This workshop is for all educators, administrators, and school related professionals. It is being virtually facilitated by Jon Keefner. A link will be provided to participants prior to the start of the workshop.


Register now on Frontline (MLP) for Anti-Racist & Abolitionist Teaching Book Study Series: We Want To Do More Than Survive by Dr. Bettina Love. If you do not have an MLP account, please contact Lisa DeRado (teachercenter@cortlandschools.org) to register.

February 17; 7-8pm; ONLINE

We talk a lot about pedagogy, philosophy, and content, but what would happen if we took a closer look at our adolescent students and what they need to learn? This interactive workshop focuses on developmentally responsive teaching and best practices for educators to meet the educational needs of middle school students. They are rapidly and profoundly changing physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually and psychologically. When we understand their needs, we can adjust the way we teach so they get the most out of their time in class.


This workshop is for middle school educators. It is being virtually facilitated by Jen Rafferty. A link will be provided to participants prior to the start of the workshop..


Register now on Frontline (MLP) for Simply Adolescent! Developmentally Responsive Teaching in the Middle School Classroom. If you do not have an MLP account, please contact Lisa DeRado (teachercenter@cortlandschools.org) to register.

February 25; 4-5:30pm; ONLINE

Come ready to learn fun and creative ways to infuse physical activity in both socially distant and virtual classrooms. Providing students with opportunities to move is critical, now more than ever! Participants will discuss the barriers for including physical activities in their daily schedule and share ideas for overcoming the challenges. You will also be provided with evidence-based literature to help you advocate for more physical fitness activity with your school and walk away with access to a multitude of free resources to use with your students.


This workshop is for all classroom teachers. It is being virtually facilitated by Nick Kline. A link will be provided to participants prior to the start of the workshop.


Register now on Frontline (MLP) for Join the Movement to Activate Learning. If you do not have an MLP account, please contact Lisa DeRado (teachercenter@cortlandschools.org) to register.

March 17; 7-8pm; ONLINE

Are your students distracted? Are they struggling with focusing on your lesson? Do they check their phone throughout your class? This interactive workshop focuses on understanding the psychology of attention and how to use it effectively in your classroom. Learn concrete strategies to get your students to pay attention and to keep them engaged throughout your class without checking their phone!


This workshop is for all educators. It is being virtually facilitated by Jen Rafferty. A link will be provided to participants prior to the start of the workshop.


Register now on Frontline (MLP) for PAY ATTENTION! A Close Look at Student Engagement. If you do not have an MLP account, please contact Lisa DeRado (teachercenter@cortlandschools.org) to register.

March 24; 4-5:30pm; ONLINE

This workshop we will address the relationship between SEL and physical activity, and provide strategies for building connections with students and between students. In this most challenging school year, both children and adults have experienced trauma of varying degrees. Reinforcing social and emotional competencies at this time will help to create a safer environment, as well as empower students and teachers to begin the healing process.


This workshop is for all classroom and PE teachers. It is being virtually facilitated by Nick Kline. A link will be provided to participants prior to the start of the workshop.


Register now on Frontline (MLP) for Creating Healthier School Communities-Excel With SEL. If you do not have an MLP account, please contact Lisa DeRado (teachercenter@cortlandschools.org) to register.

Cortland County Teacher Center

Lisa DeRado, Director

Greater Southern Tier Teacher Center

Stacie Harris, Director

Lansing-Groton Teacher Resource & Technology Center

Rhody O'Donnell, Director