Who we are and what we do

Greater Capital Region Teacher Center for Effective Teaching Policy Board

GCRTC Policy Board members:

Tim Backus, Assistant Superintendent, South Colonie CSD;  Dr. Robert Bangert-Drowns, School of Education, University at Albany; Tamara Belanger, Hartford CSD; Mariah Bosy, Broadalbin-Perth CSD; Sandie Carner-Shafran, WSWHE BOCES; Karen Fox, Director of Education, Capital Region Chamber of Commerce; Melissa Gergen, Guilderland CSD; Dr. Sherry Guice, Policy Board Co-Chair, Teacher, South Colonie CSD; Kate Gurley, Policy Board Co-Chair, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD; Maryanne Harper, Albany Academy for Girls Faculty Emerita; Teresa Hayes, Amsterdam CSD Faculty Emerita; Glenn Jeffers, Parent Representative, Bethlehem CSD; Thea MacFawn, North Colonie CSD; Kathleen Maguire, Hadley-Luzerne CSD; Tony McCann, Shenendehowa CSD Faculty Emeritus; Terri McGraw, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany; Susan Moore-Palumbo, South Glens Falls CSD; Kim Pusatere, Ballston Spa CSD; Kristine Raskopf, Greenville CSD Faculty Emerita; Maureen Sara, Glens Falls CSD; Nora Senecal, Hoosick Falls CSD; Audrey Vanderhoef, Berlin CSD, Allison Weber, Johnstown CSD.

What we do

The GCRTC Policy Board is responsible for establishing the mission, goals, and strategic plan for GCRTC and recruiting and employing personnel to carry out these missions, goals, and plans.  Working in partnership with the center's LEA, South Colonie CSD, and within its own bylaws, the Policy Board provides direction for the Center's professional learning programs and fiscal oversight to the Center's funds and expenditures, while ensuring that all state and local reporting requirements are fulfilled.

(Adapted from NYSUT Fact Sheet 15-18)

Vision, Mission and Goals

Vision: A community where all students are enriched by educators who have access to meaningful and innovative teacher-led professional learning.

GCRTC continues its historic mission of developing teacher professional capacity through:

  • Employing research-based and vetted professional practices, tools, resources, and strategies in a coached and supported way for "deep learning."

  • Supporting implementation of teachers' professional learning into practice and assisting them with assessing student growth.

  • Cultivating teachers' capacity to share their expertise with their colleagues through teacher leadership coaching.


Teacher Center membership is free and is available to all schools - public, non-public and charter within the 13 counties surrounding Albany, NY (Albany, Columbia, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington). 

Participation is easy. Districts should submit a declaration of participation, signed in blue by the District Superintendent and Union President. 
Please contact the Teacher Center for more information.

October 2018 GCRTC Policy Board Meeting

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