Geneseo Hosting Master Teacher Program for Finger Lakes Area; Applications Due by Jan. 3

GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo is serving as the Finger Lakes Region’s host campus for the New York State Master Teacher Program, and applications for the program can be submitted online until Jan. 3.

Gov. Cuomo established the program through SUNY to identify, reward and support master science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educators throughout the state, preparing them to serve as professional mentors and content experts to further develop outstanding educators and inspire future teachers.

Geneseo will be involved with the second cohort of teachers seeking entry into the program. In the round 1 selection process, 104 high school teachers were selected from four regions. The Finger Lakes Region is among the six additional regions that are part of round 2, which could add as many as 550 additional teachers across the state to the program.

“We are opening up this initiative to outstanding teachers from all ten regions of the state who go beyond their basic duties to help their students succeed,” said Gov. Cuomo. “By enhancing the work of our teachers, we can help our students thrive in the classroom and be competitive in the workforce. I  encourage high performing teachers from all across the state to apply to this second round today.”

Master teachers are selected through a thorough review and interview process. They are expected to commit to four years in the program and will receive $15,000 per year. Applicants must be a currently certified teacher in New York state, with four years of teaching experience in the STEM disciplines; have a current course load of at least 60 percent in STEM disciplines, teaching grades 6-12; and be rated “effective” or “highly effective” on their Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR).

“We are looking forward to providing support in the Finger Lakes Region for this important program to strengthen STEM education,” said Anjoo Sikka, dean of Geneseo’s Ella Cline Shear School of Education. “The need for outstanding STEM educators is tremendous, and our faculty and staff are poised to provide strong guidance to help participants succeed in their own professional development as well as in the support they can provide to other teachers.”

Host campuses will coordinate master teacher programming but might include opportunities available through other host campuses. Fashioned after the Math for America project, programming for participants will be teacher-driven.

To remain a New York state master teacher and receive the professional and financial benefits, the teacher must continue to teach full-time in public secondary schools in New York, with a minimum of 60 percent of their teaching hours being in STEM disciplines; participate in meetings organized by the host campus; participate in a minimum of 50 hours of master teacher-sponsored programming each school year; maintain a rating of “effective or “highly effective” on the APPR; and remain in good standing at their school.

“Securing and supporting our teaching workforce is essential as New York rebuilds its economy and prepares today's children for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The Master Teacher Program gives the best and brightest teachers added incentive to keep educating and to share their knowledge and expertise with their peers. We look forward to bringing the program to communities and schools statewide.”

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