Resources & Links

Member Resource Pages

These 1-pager style information sheets can help you navigate common Union questions

Certification Assistance

Extended Leaves of Absence

Medical Leaves and Sick Bank

Parental Leave

Professional Development and Inservice Compensation

Resignation Information

Retirement Information

Helpful Links

New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)
NYSUT Member Benefits
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
National Education Association (NEA)
New York State Teacher Centers
Education Learning Trust
New York State Teacher Certification Examinations

New York State Teacher Certification Fact Sheet updated Nov. 2016

TEACH Online
Engage NY
New York State Department of Education
Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI)

Family Reading Partnership
TST Boces
United Way of Tompkins County
Tompkins County Workers Center
NYS Allies for Public Education

Retirement Resources

NYS Teacher Retirement System

Retirement Information Packet
Your Blueprint for a Successful Retirement: An online planning guide (Fall 2016)
Planning to Retire? What you need to know and do (revised 8/2016)

NYSUT Retirement Services

NYSTRS – Service Salary
NYSTRS – Social Security
NYSTRS – Retirement
NYSTRS – What’s New
NYSTRS – Strength of NYSTRS

NYS Teacher Certification

All teachers employed in New York State public schools must hold a valid teaching certificate in accordance with Sections 3001 and 3009 of Education Law and Part 80 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Remember that your certification is your responsibility! The following resources will help guide you in understanding what you need to do to keep your certification current and who to contact for assistance.

NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives

Contact information for the Office of Teaching Initiatives:
Tel: (518) 474-2121
Fax: (518) 447-2979

Search for the certificates you hold HERE.

NYSUT Research & Educational Services

Contact information for the Research & Educational Services Department:
(518) 213-6000 Ext. 6712 or (800) 342-9810 or

Teacher Certification Fact Sheet from NYSUT – 2014
Professional Development Fact Sheet from NYSUT – 2014

TST BOCES Regional Certification Office
Contact information for the BOCES Regional Certification Office:
257-1551 Ext. 309

Layoff Resources

NYSUT Handbook for Laid-off and Reentrenched Employees (updated June 2013)
Southern Tier Rapid Response Team resources packet
Tompkins Workforce New York One-Stop Career Center  (607) 272-7570
NY State of Health Marketplace  1-855-355-5777
NY State of Health Special Enrollment Fact Sheet
NYS Department of Labor – Unemployment Assistance home
NYS Department of Labor – Unemployment Insurance Guide for Teachers
NYS My Benefits – Check your eligibility for a range of work supports and services.

National Board Certification

What you need to know about National Board Certification

Shanker Grants available for NBC

District Calendars, Information, & Forms

ICSD Academic Calendar

ICSD Events Calendar
2023-24 Payroll Calendar

Incident Report Form

  • To be used when injured on the job. This form must be submitted within ONE (1) work day of the incident to assist in Workers Compensation filing.

Application for Salary Increment Form

  • To be used when applying for an additional “block of 9” inservice or graduate credits. Forms can be submitted at any time, but are only reviewed immediately following the September 1st and February 1st deadlines.
  • Salary adjustments will be made retroactively to the time of application submission, NOT to the time of workshop completion.
  • The ITA Professional Practices, Rights, and Responsibilities Committee hosts workshops to navigate this process in August and January.

ITA Contract – Employee Health Insurance

RX 3 Tier Formulary Guide