New for the 2017-2018 school year!  The Cortland County Teacher Center will host NYSUT ELT regional training seminars at Center for the Arts in Homer, NY this year. Please email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to register for any of the ELT workshops in the Southern Tier Learning Place Catalog. Megan will make sure that you are registered to attend in Homer (or one of the other locations (Vestal & Elmira) and she will provide CTLE certificates to all attendees. Include the following information: (1) Title of seminar, (2) date and location seminar, (3) your name, (4) association name, (5) your e-mail address, (6) your preferred mailing address, and (7) your preferred phone number. See the 2017-2018 Southern Tier Learning Place Catalog for the full schedule.

Workshops are free and open to all Teachers and School Related Professionals on a first come first serve basis.
Registration links are not available on Frontline/My Learning Plan. To register contact  Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Creating a Positive Environment
October 12, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
A positive classroom environment is a major ingredient of effective schools. When students are comfortable in a learning situation, the likelihood for success is greatly increased. This seminar will address verbal communication, positive phrasing, motivation theory, and learner needs. Activities will help participants to integrate these topics.

Dealing with Difficult Students in the School Environment – Violence Prevention (Health &Safety Certification)
November 16, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar will offer strategies for dealing with students who exhibit chronic and extreme misbehavior, including violence. Participants will learn what motivates students to misbehave, intervention techniques to use at the moment of misbehavior, how to avoid and defuse confrontations, and ways to reinforce desirable behavior.

Disability Awareness (Health &Safety Certification)
December 14, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
Participants will acquire a general understanding of the thirteen disability categories and key concepts related to the education of students with disabilities. Participants will experience what it is like to have a disability and learn strategies for improving student learning and behavior.

Parent-Teacher Conference: Strategies for Success
January 10, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
The seminar uses videos, handouts and discussion points to help teachers prepare for a conference with parents. The seminar also helps establish or improve communication involving the teacher, student and parents.

Classroom Management
February 12, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Homer High School, 80 South West Road, Homer, NY 13077
Learn how to establish a framework for developing a personal system of classroom management that includes organizing the classroom to facilitate learning and enhancing the competence of all students. This seminar will model and investigate several conditions that are integral to an effectively managed classroom.

21st Century Skills for Teachers
March 14, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar is designed to address one of the NYS Teaching Standards priorities by helping teachers understand that knowledge is expanding at a more rapid rate than ever anticipated. Information and communication are changing how we teach and how students learn.  Routine skills are no longer the basis for the workplace or the classroom. The seminar will emphasize that today’s students and teachers must be able to communicate, share, and use information in a number of diverse ways. We will discover together that using information and solving complex problems as we adapt and innovate to a changing work environment is critical to student success in our world. Technology and problem solving skills will be defined as successful learning and the participants will develop strategies to share those skills with their students.

Discipline Strategies
March 20, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar takes a comprehensive look at student-centered discipline and offers a plan of action for teachers who wish to establish a positive classroom learning environment. Teachers learn how to set expectations and design strategies to prevent discipline problems.

Student Engagement
April 3, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar addresses one of the most critical priorities of the NYSUT Rubric (Danielson and Marzano) and the NYS Teaching Standards upon which student success is based. Teachers new to the profession may have seen these signs of engagement during their student teaching and are challenged as to how to plan for this in their everyday teaching. The seminar will engage them in strategies that will help them sustain wonder, enthusiasm and perseverance for students through their teaching. At some time, new teachers may have felt stymied by traditions of reward and punishment. Our challenge is to help them surpass these very real difficulties and provide a practical model for understanding what our students want and need.

Supporting Students with Autism (Health &Safety Certification)
April 4, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Homer High School, 80 South West Road, Homer, NY 13077
Ending the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers requires addressing the essential factors that can influence their success.  This three-hour training provides up-to-date information on the clinical and associated features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), including Asperger’s Disorder. Attention will be given to how these features manifest themselves and present unique instructional and learning challenges within educational settings. The seminar goes beyond the core features of the disorders and covers evidence-based, pro-active strategies for helping children and adolescents with ASDs succeed in schools today.

21st Century Skills for Teachers
July 10, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar is designed to address one of the NYS Teaching Standards priorities by helping teachers understand that knowledge is expanding at a more rapid rate than ever anticipated. Information and communication are changing how we teach and how students learn.  Routine skills are no longer the basis for the workplace or the classroom. The seminar will emphasize that today’s students and teachers must be able to communicate, share, and use information in a number of diverse ways. We will discover together that using information and solving complex problems as we adapt and innovate to a changing work environment is critical to student success in our world. Technology and problem solving skills will be defined as successful learning and the participants will develop strategies to share those skills with their students.

Dealing with Difficult Students in the School Environment – Violence Prevention (Health &Safety Certification) 
July 31, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar will offer strategies for dealing with students who exhibit chronic and extreme misbehavior, including violence. Participants will learn what motivates students to misbehave, intervention techniques to use at the moment of misbehavior, how to avoid and defuse confrontations, and ways to reinforce desirable behavior.

Constructivist Teaching and Learning
August 15, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar will address one of the priorities of the NYS Teaching Standards. Teachers must consider how each student learns. Understanding how to address this in the classroom means that teachers must implement a variety of instructional strategies. Participants will explore how students learn when they “build” the learning for themselves. When students are asked to classify, analyze, predict and create, they begin to think critically and ask questions in order to understand the complex material presented to them in school and in the world.