Who we are and what we do

Greater Capital Region Teacher Center for Effective Teaching Policy Board

GCRTC Board members left to right standing: Laura Yerou, South Colonie CSD; Maureen Sara, Glens Falls CSD; Ernie Casile, Assistant Superintendant, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany; Valerie Lovelace, GCRTC Executive Director; Kristine Raskopf, Greenville CSD; Robert Hayes, Johnstown CSD;

Seated left to right: Bonnie Winchester, Hartford CSD; Jennifer Justice, Albany CSD; Kate Gurley, Policy Board Co-Chair Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD; Mary Kruchinski, Policy Board Co-Chair, Salem CSD; Audrey Vanderhoef, Berlin CSD; Tony McCann, Shenendehowa CSD Faculty Emeritus; Teresa Hayes, Greater Amsterdam CSD;

GCRTC Board members unavailable for this photo: Tim Backus, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and LEA designated representative; South Colonie CSD; Karen Fox, Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Virginia Goatley, School of Education, SUNY Albany; Dr, Sherry Guice, South Colonie CSD; Maryanne Harper, Albany Academy for Girls Faculty Emerita; Glenn Jeffers, Parent Representative, Bethlehem CSD; Nora Senecal, Hoosick Falls CSD.

What we do

As we all know too well, this is a very challenging time for us as teachers. The context of teaching in New York State is heavily influenced by the Race to the Top initiatives around teacher evaluation, including evidence of student learning in teacher evaluation, and determining the recognized assessments of student learning. We also have ongoing budget and funding concerns and limited resources.

Because the way we work has changed, the way the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center supports that work has also had to change. While we may have a reduced staff and budget, we continue to have great energy, connections, and commitment to our core values.

How will we do this?

Mission and Goals

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

  • Using research-based and vetted professional practices, tools, resources, and strategies in a coached and supported way for "deep learning."
  • Having teachers develop products for use in their own practice, job-embedded professional learning,as a result of their professional development experience.
  • Further developing teacher capacity by having potential teacher leaders shadow and be mentored by experienced facilitators, whenever possible, to create a cadre of teacher leaders who can and do teach teachers.


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). Click HERE to see our service area map.

Participation is easy. Districts should submit a declaration of participation, signed in blue by the District Superintendent and Union President. A copy of the declaration is available HERE.

Board Member News

GCRTC Board Member honored:

Goatley honored with 2014 University at Albany Excellence Award.

March 18, 2014 - Dr. Virginia (Ginny) Goatley, professor and chair of the Department of Reading, was selected recipient of a 2014 University at Albany Excellence in Academic Service Award.