Responding to the call to strengthen our nation’s K-12 STEM education, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launchedthe New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP) in partnership with The State University of New York and Math for America. The NYSMTP celebrates the work of the highest-performing STEM teachers by establishing an expert community dedicated to developing expertise in the areas of content, pedagogy, and students’ families and communities. Introducing motivated teachers to like-minded professionals and high-quality growth experiences keeps our best teachers in the classroom. Inspiring our state’s best teachers and rewarding their efforts ultimately attracts talented students into careers in STEM fields, including STEM education. Through participation in the NYSMTP, selected STEM teachers receive $15,000 stipends annually over four years. The expansion of the NYSMTP will enable more outstanding secondary school Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teachers to join the existing statewide network of 623 Master Teachers, which is hosted at SUNY campuses in nine economic development regions and in partnership with Math for America in New York City. Ultimately, allowing more of New York’s students to benefit from excellent teaching.
As part of the program's selection process, each finalist must participate in an in-person interview at the base campus for their region. Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for a finalist interview by the end of May/early June.
Buffalo State Master Teacher Fellows are expected to engage in a variety of professional development activities, both as participants and leaders. Activities take place throughout the year and include, but are not limited to, Cohort Meetings, Professional Learning Team (PLT) meetings, , Mini-courses, Single Session (3-hr) Professional Development seminars, taking leadership roles in professional development offerings, mentoring early career or pre-service teachers, and regular participation in local STEM events. Master Teachers are expected to participate in a minimum of 50 hours of activities though are encouraged take greater advantage of the professional opportunities offered to them. Our program aims to support Master Teacher Fellows through a range of professional and leadership activities including:
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