Professional Times Newsletter

Professional Learning Center & GTA Collaboration

Welcome to the Spring Newsletter of the Professional Times!

Professional Learning Needs Assessment

Thanks to all who have already completed the survey. Your voices have been heard!

This is a friendly reminder to those who have not yet completed it to please set aside a few minutes to offer your input on professional learning. Here’s the survey link:

You are invited to offer your input on Professional Learning (PL) at the district and building level. Your feedback will help inform decisions around future PL planning and the district PL plan. The survey is a collaboration among the Superintendent's Cabinet, DCIA, Professional Learning Center, and GTA. Leadership in each group has had the opportunity to offer input on the set of questions.

At the end of the survey you will have an option to follow an additional link if you are interested in offering professional learning at a future date and wish to provide information on potential topics.

This survey is optional, should take under 10 minutes to complete and is anonymous.

We hope to get a high response rate from instructional staff in order to inform future PL planning. Thank you!

Here is the link:

Please complete the survey no later than June 14.

Registration for Culturally Responsive Education

This four day professional learning is based on the Culturally Responsive Education sessions created by TAC-D. This CRE series has its foundation in Critical Race Theory and the Eight Principles of Culturally Responsive Education.

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Registration for Teaching Science is Phenomenal

The professional learning will model three-dimensional science instruction and provide details and insights into science teaching and learning. Aug 5 & 6 or Aug 7 & 8.

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Registration for Having Hard Conversations

Join Jennifer Abrams author and national consultant on having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community, Hard Conversations Unpacked - the Whos, Whens and What Ifs.

5-Minute Film Festival: Culturally Responsive Teaching

As globalization continues, how can teachers address the needs of students from a variety of cultural backgrounds and upbringings? This collection of videos introduces culturally responsive teaching, and includes some techniques that you can use to help students from diverse backgrounds succeed together. <More Videos on CRE>

Our Voices, Our Values: VOTE-COPE

Your statewide union has a political fund-raising arm called VOTE-COPE. VOTE-COPE is NYSUT's non-partisan action fund that coordinates the voluntary contributions of members and supports NYSUT-endorsed candidates and campaign committees that are pro-public-education and pro-labor. No NYSUT dues dollars are used to support candidates or campaign committees. NYSUT sends rebates to local unions based on a percentage (up to 40 percent) of the contributions VOTE-COPE receives from that local union's members. Those rebates can be used in local activities such as school board races and for passage of school budgets.

Last year, your colleagues contributed more than $10 million to VOTE-COPE. Please look for your VOTE-COPE Contribution Sheet and either donate, or consider increasing your donation today. Thank you!

Free Academic Resources for Greece Teachers!

Greece Professional Learning Center (PLC) in Rochester, NY has been providing academic resources and professional learning opportunities to educators and community groups. Having the VariQuest Cutout Maker 1800, “...has changed how we support teachers,” says Marguerite Dimgba, Program Director. With over 4,500 shapes to choose from in a variety of sizes, teachers are able to create academic resources that support the needs of the students in their classrooms in areas such as social emotional learning and culturally responsive education. <Read More>
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Greece Online

Register for badges / microcredentials and online courses. Work anywhere, anytime! Greece teachers earn points as well as CTLE hours!

Greece Professional Learning Center

“A source for teachers... A promise for students”. The Professional Learning Center exists for the purposes of providing professional growth opportunities for the teachers and other school staff so that they may expand their knowledge about educating children and enhance their skills and classroom practices. Our center strongly believes that the outstanding student achievement is tied to a teaching staff that is well educated, professionally current and innovative. Marguerite Dimgba, Director of the Professional Learning Center, is the co-author of this newsletter email her at if you would like to teach a course or have a suggestion for new offerings!

Greece Teachers Association

The Greece Teachers Association was founded in 1956 and is lead by current president Brian Ebertz. Holly Stettner, GTA VP of Educational Programs, is co-author of this newsletter. If you have an idea for professional learning email her at We invite all members to join us for Representative Assembly, which is held at the GTA Office.