Professional Development

Browse and sign up for Workshops and Courses at:  MyLearningPlan

Workshops and Courses

Scheduled workshops and courses can be accessed by going to our on-line catalogue at MyLearningPlan.

Aditionally, our catalogue may be accessed on individual school district MyLearningPlan homepages.

Many of the trainings are conducted by local teachers demonstrating a wide array of talents that promote professional growth and ultimately increase student learning. The workshops are held throughout MHTC's consortium. The offerings are the direct result of teacher requests.

College courses [both CEU (Continuing Education Units) and credit-bearing] are also sometimes available...

Major Collaborations

MHTC is known as a collaborative center. With its many partners and affiliates, the teacher center co-sponsors major conferences, seminars, and other valuable professional experiences.

Collegial Sessions

Collegial sessions take many forms through the teacher center:

  • Conversation gatherings where educators meet to informally discuss topics of interest.
  • Collegial sessions where educators come together on a regular basis to explore current research and emerging topics.
  • Study Groups: A Study Group is a small group of professional colleagues and other school-related personnel from members of the MHTC consortium who come together to examine, research, and discuss a topic of shared interest in order to improve their practice and the learning of their students and/or the effectiveness of their school. The study is teacher-driven and involves affected stakeholders. MHTC offers support for approved Study Groups.

Staff Development Days

The teacher center serves as a resource in the planning and delivery of staff development days in member districts.

MHTC attempts to tailor staff development to your unique circumstances. We offer professional development at many levels:

  • Awareness Level or Beginning
  • Skill Development
  • Curriculum/Assessment/Implementation Application
  • Advanced/Leadership/Professional

By using the Group Request Form, you can let us know precisely what your needs and interests are: topic, level, site, day of the week, time, etc

The Group:

  • determines interest in a topic
  • completes the Group Request Form, and returns it to the center

or  

  • contacts its District Coordinator

The Center: 

  • makes every attempt to continue to provide staff development opportunitites based upon need and interest
  • makes arrangements for the offering [date, time, place, etc.]
  • sends notification, flyers, and registration information to the group and its District Coordinator

Typically, most offerings involve a fee that is $5.00 per contact hour. The minimum number for a typical workshop is ten participants. Conferences, courses, collaborations, and certain workshops may have a fee other than the $5.00 per hour rate and may have different minimum/maximum attendance numbers.

Please call the MHTC Office [845.257.2885] with any queries and ideas you may have regarding staff development topics and opportunities. We shall attempt to address your requests in a timely manner.

Teacher Support Grants

MHTC offers the following teacher support grants:

  • Study Groups : A Study Group is a small group of professional colleagues and other school-related personnel from members of the MHTC consortium who come together to examine, research, and discuss a topic of shared interest in order to improve their practice and the learning of their students and/or the effectiveness of their school. The study is teacher-driven and involves affected stakeholders. MHTC offers support for approved Study Groups.

Collections

OMB 212: In the Main Office of the teacher center, a large videotape collection is housed. It contains nearly 2,000 video titles on a wide variety of subjects: arts, social studies, math, science, technology, literacy, early childhood, diversity, disabilities, reform issues, curriculum and assessment, and others. Member educators may preview the tapes at the MHTC SUNY facility or borrow our videotapes for up to two weeks. The videotapes may be mailed to member educators. The Video Library Index is available online, in your school building, through your Policy Board member or District Coordinator, and at MHTC.

A Print Materials collection as well as an Audiotape collection are also housed in OMB 212. The Print Materials Index lists the titles/authors of books, periodicals, journals, monographs, reports, and other print materials available at MHTC. Materials are available on a short-term loan basis [up to one month] to educators in the consortium. Materials are signed out, and upon return, evaluated by the user. Educators may browse through the collection when the teacher center office is open. Be sure to call 845.257.2885 to assure accessibility. The Index is available at the MHTC office.

1907 Room: In the 1907 Room, the PBS History Collection of videotapes is housed. More than 350 tapes cover many historical topics ranging from New York City to the Civil War. An Index of Titles is available online and through MHTC. Member educators are eligible to borrow the videotapes.

Curriculum Materials Center: The Curriculum Materials Center houses a collection of children's books, curriculum materials, and professional books & journals. The collection is currently being revised and updated. Member educators may use the materials at the center.