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As you know, New York requires public school teachers and teaching assistants to be certified by the State Education Department. 

In 2004, the State Education Department (SED) implemented new certification requirements for teachers and teaching assistants. This brochure describes the certification process and general certification requirements for both groups of educators. 



Prior to Feb. 2, 2004, individuals would receive a provisional certificate as their first credential upon satisfactory completion of all teacher preparation requirements. The provisional


Everybody's on the radar in my world," said John Kelly, community educator of the Saratoga office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

Saying prevention and education can stop one more "missing person" poster from going up, Kelly has hosted 200 free school programs about essential safety precautions in 11 counties since the office opened in July 2011. NCMEC also has offices in Rochester, Utica and Buffalo.

In New York state, 22,000 children are reported missing each year, including those abducted by family members or strangers, and those who run away from home. Many become


Don't stress parent-teacher conferences!

Follow these 12 tips for success Tips courtesy of NYSUT Education & Learning Trust 

  1. DO greet parents warmly at the door and create a welcoming environment. Many teachers group chairs around a table to share student work. 
  2. DON'T direct parents to sit in front of your desk — it's condescending. 
  3. DO start the meeting on a positive note — summarize student strengths before raising problems. 
  4. DON'T dress too casually — your attire reflects your professionalism and the importance of the meeting. 
  5. DO rehearse what you'll say — practice warm-up introductions and
On Wednesday night there was what has been characterized as a heinous white supremacist terrorist attack at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. 
Among the nine victims of this brutal massacre was Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney.  Rev. Pinckney was also a prominent state senator.  Rev. Pinckney leaves behind his wife Jennifer and their two children - Eliana and Malana.  On Monday, June 22, 2015, BTA members wore white (which is one of the traditional African colors for mourning) to show their support and pay their condolences to those murdered in

May 11, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing you as the President of the Baldwin Teachers Association. I am asking you to support the Baldwin School District by voting YES for the proposed school budget on Tuesday, May 19th. The passage of this school budget is critical because it maintains staffing at the current level, adds 5 ESL teachers as required by Part 154 regulations, adds 13 high school college-credit courses through higher education institutions, expands Career Academies to include communications arts, and expands Fine and Performing Arts and ESL/Foreign Language administrative

We are a group of education leaders from across the state that have shared concerns with the direction of education policy in NYS and how it ultimately affects our students. The caucus exists to enhance the democratic operation and process within NYSUT in order to provide an equal voice to the rank and file membership. 
JANUARY 30th, 2015 - Press Release
Educational organizations from every corner of NYS representing students, teachers, parents, and local union leaders have joined forces to coordinate efforts in working towards a