• Teacher Center

    New York’s Teacher and Computer Training Centers were established by the New York Legislature in 1984 under Education Law 316. At present there are approximately 130 centers serving school districts throughout the state. They collaborate with public and private teachers, schools, districts, institutions of higher learning, and other education stakeholders. Our Center, the Cayuga-Onondaga Teacher Center, serves the nine local component school districts of Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES and the private and parochial schools in our region.

    We provide a variety of services and programs to enhance the professional development of teachers. The knowledge and skills acquired by our teachers supports their classroom instruction and has a positive impact on students’ academic and social performances. The Center made a concerted effort to involve the regions private and parochial schools in its 2017-2018 activity. They are encouraged to make use of all of the professional development programs offered by the Center. We have also maintained a productive relationship with Syracuse University, making use of the valuable human resources of their staff which enriches the program offerings of the Teacher Center.

    The Center is governed by a Policy Board whose members are selected from the component school districts. While a majority of the board members are teachers, administrators and parents, higher education and the private and parochial schools are also represented on the Board. The Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES serves as the Local Education Agency (LEA), as a sponsor of the Teacher Center.

    Action Research Announcement

    The Teacher Center is offering an exciting new staff development service. Beginning the first semester of this school year, a Request for Proposals (RFP) to engage in Action Research projects will be available. Potential participants should review all information included prior to applying for an Action Research Project. Of particular importance are the requirements for the participation of a research team and the financial incentives.

    Please click the link below to learn more:
    Action Research Announcement 2020-2021

    Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Action Research Recipients

    Anne Mlod: Auburn
         Strategies for Developing a Growth Mindset in Students in a Makerspace Educational Setting

    Christina Lupo: Auburn
         Using Literature Circles to Educate, Engage, Entertain, Enrich and Evolve.

    Becky Davis: Southern Cayuga
         How Does Free Voluntary Reading Affect Reading in a New Language?

    Crystal Ponto: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
         Food Lit: Exploring Literacy Through Food

    Allison Fennessy: Auburn
         Facilitating Student Mindfullness Through the Use of Yoga in the Classroom

    Victoria Calarco and Christina Calarco-Lukins: Auburn
         Collaborative Teaching in a Digitally Rich Environment

    Collegial Circle Annoucement

    The Teaching Center Directing Council is happy to again announce the establishment of a new and exciting professional development opportunity. A program entitled Collegial Circles provides teachers with structured time for reflection on classroom practices. The program enables teachers to take responsibility for identifying and satisfying needs for professional growth. It establishes a formal teacher support vehicle for sharing expertise through group processes.

    Groups of from a three to four will identify a common area of interest to study and to satisfy common professional classroom needs. Funding for the program will be competitive and requires the submission of a formal application. Collegial Circle application packets explaining the program process and requirements are available from your building’s principal.

    Please click the link below to learn more:
    Collegial Circle Announcement 2020-2021

    Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Collegial Recipients

    Sarah Allen, Becky Davis, Ben Ormsby, Kathy Perez: Southern Cayuga
         Educating ELL's

    Prin Furst, Brian Bealer, Stephanie Lehman: Auburn
         Safety Education of Teachers and Students Throughout High School Science

    Janet Scheffler, Sarah Dibble, Harlow Hope, Rachel Sperduti: Auburn
         Investigating and Modifying NYSSL Curriculum for Earth Science


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  • Brenda Aull-Klaben
    Teacher Center Director
    (315) 255-7608


    Center Hours

    • Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Please call ahead to make an appointment to visit
    the Teacher Center as hours may change.


    • Professional Development Workshops and Conferences
    • Professional Library
    • Lending Library of Books and Equipment 

    Professional Learning Opportunities

    • Poverty Simulation- K-12
    • Book Studies (online, blended or face-to-face)
    • Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen (Fall)
    • Grading Smarter Not Harder by Myron Dueck (Winter)
    • Poor Students Rich Teaching Mindsets for Change by Eric Jensen (Spring)
    • Green Screen Activities - Grades K-12
    • Breakout EDU 3-12
    • iPad Integration Support
    • Tech Tools for Teachers
    • New Sub Training
    • Office 365 Training and Support
    • Digital Tools for Formative Assessment
    • Action Research Opportunity
    • Collegial Circle

    2020-2021 Policy Board Meetings

    * All meetings will be virtual from 4-5PM and members will recieve a link one week prior to meeting. The teacher center is subject to open meeting law so if you'd like to attend, please email Brenda for the link. The link will not be posted publicly to do security concerns.
    September 23, 2020
    October 21, 2020
    November 18, 2020
    December - No Meeting
    January 20, 2021
    February 17, 2021
    March 17, 2021
    April 21, 2021
    May 19, 2021
    May 26, 2021
    June 16, 2021 (Only if needed)

    2020-2021 Policy Board Members

    Director: Brenda Aull-Klaben
    Business Rep: Lisa Rouse
    Vice Chair: Jeniifer Bell
    LEA Rep CO BOCES: Megan Rohlin
    Aubrn Admin: Sarah Cupelli
    Auburn: John Ferrara
    Auburn: Amy Vitale
    CO BOCES: Amanda Tengi
    Cato-Meridian: Ginny Slobe
    Jordan-Elbridge: Michelle Alcock
    Moravia: Michelle Burnham
    Port Byron: Patty Tamburrino
    Skaneateles: Marcus Guy
    Southern Cayuga: Diane Kulas
    Union Springs: Katie Dennis
    Parent Rep: Renee Lawrence
    Higer Ed Rep: Ron Cantor