Professional Times Newsletter

Professional Learning Center & GTA Collaboration

Welcome to the Winter Newsletter of the Professional Times!

Culturally Responsive Classrooms: One Student at a Time

Thursday, April 4th, 4-7pm

161 Chestnut Street

Rochester, NY

Across the region, students of color, students with disabilities, those learning English, and those from economic disadvantage face challenges that their peers do not. Unfortunately, some of those challenges are a result of implicit biases and instructional practices that we impose in our classrooms. This session will address the role of implicit bias and cultural competence in the decisions educators make each and every day as they create instructional plans for their students. Specifically participants will build awareness for recognizing bias and microaggressions in a classroom and how those beliefs and actions shelter some students from the learning process. <More Info>

Limited Seat Alert! Register Today

$35 or $30 for GVASCD members. Hor d'oeuvres will be served. Plenty of Free parking!

6-Hour Dignity Act Professional Learning

Monday, March 11th, 3:30-5:30pm

1790 Latta Road, Rldg. A, Rochester, NY

NYSUT's Education & Learning Trust (ELT) Dignity Act blended/hybrid program offers participants the option of taking the program for three hours online and three hours face-to-face.

Cost: $70

By March 4, 2019 - must complete the 3-hour online portion of the course.

The Dignity Act maintains that it is the policy of the State of New York to afford all students in public schools an environment free of discrimination and harassment (Education Law 10). This blended/hybrid version is an interactive program that encourages deep thought as well as professional and personal reflection. This training fulfills the state requirements for six clock hours of course work or training in the Dignity Act in accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law. <More Info>

Click here to register!

This course won't be offered again until fall.

Education, Inc. For Profit. For Kids?

You are invited to a screening of the film Education, Inc. produced by Brian and Cindy Malone.

Education, Inc. explores the hidden corporate and political interests attempting to take over American public education across the country. As public schools nationwide struggle for funding, complicated by the impact of poverty and politics, corporate reformers see opportunity.
We will be offering a screening opportunity for GTA members who are interested in being part of the important conversation about the role and value of public education.

Date & Time - Wednesday, February 27 following Rep Assembly 5:00 - 7:00

Location - The GTA Office 120 Erie Canal Drive, Suite 120, Rochester, NY 14626

Drinks and pizza will be provided.

Cost - FREE

Please email Cathy List or call the GTA office at 471-5765 to reserve your spot.

Education, Inc. <Film Trailer>

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. The GTA Political Action Committee will be promoting some fun activities this school year where people can both connect and support VOT-COPE at the same time. Be sure to watch your e-mail and listen for announcements during building GTA meetings!

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.

Greece Teachers Association

The Greece Teachers Association was founded in 1956 and is lead by current president Brian Ebertz. We invite all members to join us for Representative Assembly, which is held at the GTA Office.