The mission of the Richard Gazzola Teacher Center of Yonkers
is to meet the needs of teachers 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 for approximately 2,300 teachers
employed by the Yonkers City School District and 500 from the
non-public schools who, in turn, serve over 32,000 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 teachers an opportunity to share ideas
and exchange information with their colleagues throughout the
district on an informal basis, through workshops and discussion
groups. The Center’s Peer Mentoring Program offers an
opportunity for classroom support and guidance for newly hired
teachers and teachers who request assistance. Monthly newsletters a
nd mailings to the schools are used to keep teachers informed
of available outside resources.
Board, made up of a
majority of teachers, with administrators, parent, business,
private school, and higher education institutions representatives
governs the Richard Gazzola Teacher Center of Yonkers.
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