RICHARD GAZZOLA TEACHER CENTER OF YONKERS
The mission of the Richard Gazzola Teacher Center of Yonkers is to meet the needs of participants in an ever-changing society and school system. Its program is designed to improve teacher effectiveness in the classroom thus increasing student learning. This involves presenting specific content/strategies for classroom use, providing general knowledge, developing an understanding of Learning Standards and meeting outside needs that indirectly affect classroom training.
The Center provides professional learning activities for approximately 2,000 participants employed by the Yonkers City School District and 500 from the non-public schools who, in turn, serve over 27,000 students. In addition to providing undergraduate, graduate and in-service courses, the Teacher Center provides access to education data, materials and research in order to enhance classroom performance. The Center also provides participants an opportunity to share ideas and exchange information with their colleagues throughout the district on an informal basis, through workshops and discussion groups. The MEET Program (Mentoring Experienced and Evolving Participants) offers an opportunity for classroom support and guidance for any participants who request assistance. Monthly newsletters and mailings to the schools are used to keep participants informed of available outside resources.
RICHARD GAZZOLA TEACHER CENTER POLICY BOARD
Lia Council, Teacher Center Director
Dr. Kara Popiel, Chair
Dr. Christopher Macaluso, Vice Chair
Jeanne Ismail, Policy Board Secretary
Kirk Bauer, Noelle Beale, Bryan Boyd, Carma Cacace, Kevin Clifford, Cynthia Eisner, Kemba Ellerbe, Dan Florin, Jordan Gonzalez, Roz Kendrick-Jones, Jen Lorio, Ellen Meier, Bill Roney, Elaine Shine, Laura Warner, John Wrynn
NON-TENURED TEACHING AND TEACHING ASSISTANTS
Mandated Staff Development
The Agreement between the Board of Education of the City of Yonkers, New York and the Yonkers Federation of Teachers
All non-tenured teachers shall be required to attend staff development based on the following schedule:
(1) First year non-tenured teachers shall take twenty-four (24) hours of staff development of which no more than twelve (12) hours shall be required within the school year beyond the school day.
(2) Second year non-tenured teachers shall take twenty (20) hours of staff development of which no more than ten (10) hours shall be required within the school year beyond the school day.
(3) Third year non-tenured teachers shall take twelve (12) hours of staff development of which no more than six (6) shall be required within the school year beyond the school day.
The district shall provide, in advance, a schedule of the required staff development with a number of optional days for attendance. Teachers who have already received the above training and change tenure areas within the district shall not be required to repeat the above training. All teachers required to attend staff development beyond the school day shall be compensated as per contract.