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May 20, 2013

Statewide program to reward highest performing teachers and help improve classroom performance announced by Governor Cuomo



Statewide program to reward highest performing teachers and help improve classroom performance announced by Governor Cuomo
Source: Office of the Governor

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo predicted that New York State’s Master Teacher Program for Teachers will encourage “the best and brightest to stay in education and mentor other teachers.”

Recruiting and retaining quality educators in mathematics and science was among the recommendations made by the new NY Education Reform Commission in its Preliminary Action Plan presented to the Governor in January.

The NYS Master Teacher Program was formed with a partnership between the State University of New York and Jim Simons’ Math for America Program. High-performing secondary science and mathematics (STEM) teachers who make a commitment to mentor other teachers will receive $15,000 annually over four years.

An initial group of 250 STEM teachers will be selected from Mid-Hudson, North Country, Central New York and Western New York in Fall 2013; the program will launch in the remaining 6 regions in Spring 2014. The SUNY campuses hosting the first four groups of master teachers include SUNY Plattsburgh, Buffalo State, SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Cortland.


The NYS Master Teacher Program will be managed by SUNY with technical assistance provided throughout the first phase of implementation by Math for America, a successful program currently operating in New York City and other major cities. The Master Teacher program will be based at and hosted by higher education institutions in each of the 10 regional economic development regions.


Selected master teachers will engage in peer mentoring, attend and create intensive content-oriented development opportunities throughout the academic year. Master teachers will also work closely with pre-service and early career fellows to develop future world-class educators.


Eligible teachers must be ranked “highly effective,” have a minimum of 4 years teaching experience, hold a NYS teaching certification and have their primary teaching responsibilities be in the areas of math and science in grades six through twelve.

Applications will be available on July 1st and due by August 1st. The first round of Master Teachers will be announced on September 1st.



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