Aug. 26, 2014

New York State Master Teacher Program Seeking STEM Teacher Applications


GENESEO, N.Y. -- Teachers in STEM fields have until Sept. 20 to apply for admission to the next round of the New York State Master Teacher Program. The statewide initiative rewards the state’s highest-performing teachers to ensure that the best and brightest stay in education and to encourage the state’s best teachers to share their expertise with peers.

SUNY Geneseo is the program’s host campus for the Finger Lakes Region. The host sites serve as the home base of each regional cohort’s activities and partner with other educational institutions and organizations in their region to provide a robust program tailored to the professional growth and development goals of the teachers in the cohort.

The program was launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in partnership with SUNY and Math for America in response to the call to strengthen the nation’s K-12 STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The program creates a state-wide network of the highest-performing STEM teachers who are dedicated to sharing expertise with peers and attracting the brightest minds to a career in STEM. Teachers selected for the program receive a $60,000 stipend -- $15,000 annually over four years.

Master teachers are selected through a thorough review and interview process. Applicants must be a currently certified teacher in New York state, with at least 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).

Participants in the program make a commitment to engage in professional development work in addition to their regular school responsibilities. They meet regularly (evenings and weekends) to participate in activities that lead to individual and collective professional growth.

Applications for the program are available online.


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