Advancing Inclusive Teaching and Learning in P-12 Educational Settings

The Lander Center’s core focus is promoting lasting, meaningful learning through skilled teaching that moves the learner towards higher levels of knowledge, understanding, and skill.

The Lander Center works with states, districts and public schools to plan and implement policies and practices that promote access to high-quality education for all learners. Specifically, the Center provides technical assistance, consultation, team facilitation, and professional learning opportunities related to culturally responsive-sustaining education (CRE); equity, access and inclusion; social and emotional learning (SEL); special education; and English Language Learners. Also, in an effort to help all learners meet high standards and close persistent achievement gaps, the Lander Center partners with school systems to find solutions to equity challenges in schools and to support the implementation of equitable, culturally responsive practice.

NYSED Approved CTLE Provider

The Lander Center fosters dialogues and the opportunities to exchange ideas and practices around the importance of agency and advocacy through various seminars and workshops. Many of the workshops offer the option of obtaining NYSED CTLE hours for eligible participants. Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours are required for individuals who hold a professional certificate in the classroom teaching service or educational leadership service and individuals with a Level III Teaching Assistant certificate who are practicing in a public school or BOCES in New York Sate.

Relevant certificate holders need to complete 100 hours of CTLE during each five-year registration period. Those holding a professional certificate in English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or a Bilingual Extension (all grades) are required to complete a minimum of 50% of the required CTLE hours in language acquisition. For all other certificate holders (including the Level III Teaching Assistant certificate), a minimum of 15% of the required CTLE hours must be in language acquisition.

How can Touro College Graduate School of Education help you meet your CTLE hours?

  • Through coursework at the Graduate School of Education in the areas of pedagogy, content, and language acquisition. Participants receive 45 CTLE hours for each successfully completed three-credit course.
  • Through workshops offered at the Graduate School of Education. Participants receive one CTLE hour for each successfully completed 60-minute workshop.
  • Through Touro College’s Sanford Inspire program we offers CTLE hours through online modules. Participants receive one CTLE hour for each successfully completed 60-minute module.

Sanford Education

Since 2015, Touro College has been a prominent member of the Sanford Education Collaborative, a network of private nonprofit and public research universities committed to creating a new paradigm for educator excellence and student achievement. Selected based on proven effective clinical preparation, regional representation, and institutional diversity, collaborative members work together to revolutionize the education landscape and ensure the success of future generations of students. The Sanford Education offer a number of national programs.  As part of the Collaborative, the Lander Center works with Sanford Inspire. Sanford Inspire empowers both pre-service and in-service educators to create inspiring classroom experiences for all students. Sanford programs are offered at no cost to schools and teachers through the generosity of T. Denny Sanford, National University, and anonymous donors.

Sanford Inspire Program

Sanford Inspire serves as a leading creator of professional development, providing targeted support to preservice teachers enrolled at universities and PK-12 in-service teachers. The program strives to make the world a better place by creating and disseminating strategies and resources developed through research and sharing of evidence-based practices to put inspired teachers in every classroom. This employs a multi-tiered approach focused on connecting research, development, and practice through a consortium of higher education and PK-12 school districts.  The Sanford Inspire offer professional development modules online in five domains: Learning Environments, Professional Practices, Student Growth & Development, Motivation, and Planning & Delivery. The Lander Center work with district, schools, and other educational organizations to customize professional development offerings for teachers using Sanford modules with supplemental PLC (professional learning community) support with NYSED CTLE hours for eligible teachers.

Clinically Rich Intensive Teacher Institute in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CR-ITI-BE/ESOL)

Clinically Rich Intensive Teacher Institute in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CR-ITI-BE/ESOL) is a unique one-year cohort program supporting twenty eligible NYCDOE teachers to earn advance certification in Bilingual Education or TESOL.

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