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A collaboration between the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education, bears fruit in the Bronx.

This week, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the UFT Teacher Center in the Leaders of Tomorrow School on the Richard R. Green Middle School Campus, located at 3710 Barnes Ave., in the Bronx.

The UFT Teacher Center is, according to the union, a “comprehensive professional development program that promotes teacher excellence and academic achievement for all students.” It operates throughout the five boroughs in 130 school-based sites and a number of borough-based locations.

It’s the first UFT Teacher Center to open within the school.

“In prior years, I would have loved to provide this kind of support for teachers but was limited by budget and school size,” stated School Principal Sean Licata. “Ms. Nicole Cameron, my UFT teacher center teacher, was previously a model teacher at the school.”

“We all learn through sharing and this is a perfect facility for teachers to come together, share learning tools and experiences,” stated Council Member Andy King, who attended the ribbon cutting in his 12th Council District.

According to the union, the UFT Teacher Center’s professional development activities for educators are designed to deepen the knowledge content and enhance educational skill. The activities range from intensive in-classroom support to after-school study groups to citywide networks to conferences and seminars.

The UFT, DOE and state education department also accepts input from participating schools and districts, school support organizations and metropolitan local universities.