Southtown Teachers' Center

Southtown Teachers' Center "Service to all who educate."
716-649-6775
Located in Big Tree Elementary
4460 Bayview Rd Hamburg STC was founded on the idea of Teachers Teaching Teachers, believing that teachers know best what training they need to be successful professionals and have successful students.
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Founded nearly 30 years ago in 1984, we continue to provide Staff Development Training to teachers, teacher aides, administrators and the community. Technology Training (iPads, Smartboards, Software), Classroom Management, Common Core, Data Collection and Evaluation, Content Areas and Differentiated Instruction are a few of the course content areas in which we provide training. STC also offers off

Founded nearly 30 years ago in 1984, we continue to provide Staff Development Training to teachers, teacher aides, administrators and the community. Technology Training (iPads, Smartboards, Software), Classroom Management, Common Core, Data Collection and Evaluation, Content Areas and Differentiated Instruction are a few of the course content areas in which we provide training. STC also offers off

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We can have these ready for parent night!
09/01/2021

We can have these ready for parent night!

We can have these ready for parent night!

Ready in time for Parent Night.
09/01/2021

Ready in time for Parent Night.

Ready in time for Parent Night.

Back by popular demand.  We can have these ready for your parent-night.
09/01/2021

Back by popular demand. We can have these ready for your parent-night.

Back by popular demand. We can have these ready for your parent-night.

The first day of school is almost here.  Just a reminder we print custom specials schedules to keep your kiddos on track...
09/01/2021

The first day of school is almost here. Just a reminder we print custom specials schedules to keep your kiddos on track. Perfect for Parent Night give-aways!

The first day of school is almost here. Just a reminder we print custom specials schedules to keep your kiddos on track. Perfect for Parent Night give-aways!

Did you know we do custom orders?  No more settling for "almost right"  Here is an example of a custom poster designed t...
09/01/2021

Did you know we do custom orders? No more settling for "almost right" Here is an example of a custom poster designed to match the teacher's instruction method. Comes with a PDF to make student sheets. (We can do this one in custom colors too!) 🙂

Need something that's "Just perfect!" Give us a call.

08/24/2021
Special discount for educators.
08/10/2021

Special discount for educators.

Special discount for educators.

Something to think about as we prepare to go back to school.  As they say...the more you know.
08/10/2021

Something to think about as we prepare to go back to school. As they say...the more you know.

07/22/2021
Retired teachers are some of the busiest folks we know.  Thank you for continuing to serve the community.
07/02/2021
WNY retirees help distribute free classroom supplies

Retired teachers are some of the busiest folks we know. Thank you for continuing to serve the community.

Members from Retiree Councils 1, 2, 3 and 44 regularly volunteer at The Teacher's Desk, a not-for-profit organization that collects and distributes classroom supplies to pre-K–12 grade teachers in schools where more than 70 percent of the students recei...

Because you went extra this year, Lake Effect Ice Cream wants to give you a little something extra too!
06/26/2021

Because you went extra this year, Lake Effect Ice Cream wants to give you a little something extra too!

The 2020/2021 school year is now over. And what are year it was…

I’m not sure if everybody knows this, but I am a teacher, my wife Heather is a teacher, Erik is a teacher, and Erik’s wife Michelle is also a teacher.

So, in a very real way, we know how difficult school was for teachers, students, parents…pretty much everybody involved. We had to reinvent ourselves, and, to make it even harder, reinvent ourselves on the fly.

Teachers gave more than ever before and we understand that. So, for this weekend, June 26th and 27th, we thought it would be cool to give something back.

When you show your teacher ID at the counter of either of our shops, we will add an extra scoop of whatever size cone or bowl you order. Order a one scoop cone and get two scoops, order a two scoop cone and get three!

Just a little something extra for the teachers for the extra you all gave to our kids this past year.

Have a great summer vacation, you deserve it!

Jason and Erik

We do Graduations!   Banners, posters, invitations, thank you notes etc...  (We also do Retirements!)*Banners and poster...
06/01/2021

We do Graduations! Banners, posters, invitations, thank you notes etc... (We also do Retirements!)
*Banners and posters are printed on paper and includes lamination.

We do Graduations! Banners, posters, invitations, thank you notes etc... (We also do Retirements!)
*Banners and posters are printed on paper and includes lamination.

Photos from The SPCA Serving Erie County, NY's post
05/19/2021

Photos from The SPCA Serving Erie County, NY's post

STC is closed today. We encourage you to get out for your school budget/BOE vote.  Sorry for any inconvenience.
05/18/2021

STC is closed today. We encourage you to get out for your school budget/BOE vote. Sorry for any inconvenience.

STC is closed today. We encourage you to get out for your school budget/BOE vote. Sorry for any inconvenience.

05/06/2021
05/03/2021
02/26/2021

Well said 👏

Hello Teachers and friends.  Take a look at this new Art  Contest from Character Council of WNY.  We'd love to see some ...
02/10/2021

Hello Teachers and friends. Take a look at this new Art Contest from Character Council of WNY. We'd love to see some student work shared with the community.

We would like to introduce our Civility Art Contest! We would love to see what civility looks like to you. If you are an educator, consider implementing the contest into a lesson plan! If you are a parent, student, or someone who wants to participate in the contest, we are welcoming art of all forms! You can paint, draw, write a poem, or take a picture of what civility means to you. Submit your art creation to agillcc[email protected]. After submission, your art will be posted on our social media platforms for all to see! We are looking forward to your creative submissions!

Keeping it all together so we can do what we do. Love our office heros.
02/10/2021

Keeping it all together so we can do what we do. Love our office heros.

The secretaries know the school, students, and teachers inside and out. Make sure to tell them thank you for a job well done! Do you have a special hero you work with?

(via Teresa Kwant) #SchoolHero #School

We were sad to hear of the recent passing of former Hamburg Superintendent, Don Ogilvie. He was a kind man and a strong ...
02/05/2021
Donald A. Ogilvie, 75, retired school superintendent

We were sad to hear of the recent passing of former Hamburg Superintendent, Don Ogilvie. He was a kind man and a strong supporter of students and staff, as well as of the Teachers' Center. Our condolences to his friends and family.

Mr. Ogilvie died on Friday in Mercy Hospital of Buffalo after a nine-month illness.

8 Quick Checks for Understanding
02/02/2021
8 Quick Checks for Understanding

8 Quick Checks for Understanding

Formative assessment is a proven technique for improving student learning, and the strategies shared here by Jay McTighe work both in the classroom and remotely.

Know a HS senior of character?  Encourage them to apply for this $1000 scholarship. Multiple awards will be given for st...
01/21/2021

Know a HS senior of character? Encourage them to apply for this $1000 scholarship. Multiple awards will be given for students attending an accredited college or trade school.

The Character Council of WNY, in collaboration with Harvest Time Partners Foundation, is honored to announce our 2021 Character Excellence Scholarship. This non-renewable, $1000 scholarship is awarded to high school seniors in the Class of 2021 from public, private, parochial, or home schools, who exemplify excellent character in their daily lives and who will be enrolling full-time in a college or trade school in Fall 2021. Students must be current residents of Allegheny, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, or Wyoming counties to be considered. The scholarship will be made payable directly to the student’s chosen post-secondary institution.

Please share this information with your seniors right away. Students should download and complete the fillable PDF application from our website. Please be sure that your students use this updated application as it includes our revised character traits/virtues. All applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2021. Please be sure to advertise this scholarship in your school newsletter, website, robocalls, social media, etc. Thank you!

Download the fillable PDF application:https://charactercouncilwny.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/scholarship-pdf.pdf

Teachers union calling for cancellation of standardized testing
01/19/2021
Teachers union calling for cancellation of standardized testing

Teachers union calling for cancellation of standardized testing

An influential statewide teachers union is calling for cancellation of standardized student testing for the second year in a row, citing academic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders o

Foundations of Democracy and Government
01/07/2021
Foundations of Democracy and Government

Foundations of Democracy and Government

We have updated these resources as of January 6, 2021, to help facilitate meaningful discussions with students and communities about the attempt of a mob to infiltrate the capital and impede election certification in Washington, DC, and to put a focus on how crucial the foundations of democracy are....

01/05/2021
12/29/2020
Lackawanna Teachers Federation

Lackawanna Teachers Federation

Copied this from a friend. Very important message for all to read:

Teresa Thayer Snyder: What Shall We Do About the Children After the Pandemic
Posted by dianeravitch

Teresa Thayer Snyder was superintendent of the Voorheesville district in upstate New York. She wrote this wise and insightful essay on her page. So, stop overworking yourself and stressing out.

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I am writing today about the children of this pandemic. After a lifetime of working among the young, I feel compelled to address the concerns that are being expressed by so many of my peers about the deficits the children will demonstrate when they finally return to school. My goodness, what a disconcerting thing to be concerned about in the face of a pandemic which is affecting millions of people around the country and the world. It speaks to one of my biggest fears for the children when they return. In our determination to “catch them up,” I fear that we will lose who they are and what they have learned during this unprecedented era. What on earth are we trying to catch them up on? The models no longer apply, the benchmarks are no longer valid, the trend analyses have been interrupted. We must not forget that those arbitrary measures were established by people, not ordained by God. We can make those invalid measures as obsolete as a crank up telephone! They simply do not apply.

When the children return to school, they will have returned with a new history that we will need to help them identify and make sense of. When the children return to school, we will need to listen to them. Let their stories be told. They have endured a year that has no parallel in modern times. There is no assessment that applies to who they are or what they have learned. Remember, their brains did not go into hibernation during this year. Their brains may not have been focused on traditional school material, but they did not stop either. Their brains may have been focused on where their next meal is coming from, or how to care for a younger sibling, or how to deal with missing grandma, or how it feels to have to surrender a beloved pet, or how to deal with death. Our job is to welcome them back and help them write that history.

I sincerely plead with my colleagues, to surrender the artificial constructs that measure achievement and greet the children where they are, not where we think they “should be.” Greet them with art supplies and writing materials, and music and dance and so many other avenues to help them express what has happened to them in their lives during this horrific year. Greet them with stories and books that will help them make sense of an upside-down world. They missed you. They did not miss the test prep. They did not miss the worksheets. They did not miss the reading groups. They did not miss the homework. They missed you.

Resist the pressure from whatever ‘powers that be’ who are in a hurry to “fix” kids and make up for the “lost” time. The time was not lost, it was invested in surviving an historic period of time in their lives—in our lives. The children do not need to be fixed. They are not broken. They need to be heard. They need be given as many tools as we can provide to nurture resilience and help them adjust to a post pandemic world.

Being a teacher is an essential connection between what is and what can be. Please, let what can be demonstrate that our children have so much to share about the world they live in and in helping them make sense of what, for all of us has been unimaginable. This will help them– and us– achieve a lot more than can be measured by any assessment tool ever devised. Peace to all who work with the children!

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4460 Bay View Rd
Hamburg, NY
14075

General information

We do not accept debit/credit cards We are closed from 2:30pm-3:45pm to allow for school dismissal. We remain closed on Fridays. STC follows the Frontier Schools Holiday Calendar and Weather Closings. Weather-based cancellation of courses will be based on the district in which they are meeting.

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm

Telephone

(716) 649-6775

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Pro-Growth Courses and Workshops for Educators and the Community. Support services including copying, laminating, binding and custom designed posters, flyers and classroom materials.

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Are you looking for a quick writing/service project for your students. How about sending some birthday cards to a WNY teen? Info in the link.