80 More STEM Educators Announced By Governor Cuomo Today!

The total number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math teachers in New York reaches 625 Statewide. Governor Cuomo announced that there will be 80 more New York State Master Teachers selected to join the 552 Master Teachers announced in 2013.

According to president Barack Obama, "Science is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves.  It is an approach to the world, in a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world..."  Because few students pursue expertise in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM, President Obama set a priority within the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of students and teachers who are proficient in these vital fields.  A forward-thinking strategy to prepare students to think deeply into the chance to become innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders to solve America's pressing challenges today is an opportunity projection of springboard disciplines.

As a result of President Obama's goal to articulate a clear priority for STEM educations, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the selection to join the New York State Master Teacher Program today.  The educators how have been in he teaching profession for an average of 15 years will represent 55 school districts and teach in middle and high schools.  Four of the chosen professionals have earned National Board Certification, and a national recognition of the highest professional standards. Also, over half of the Master Teachers selected earned certifications in more than one STEM discipline.

In exchange for supporting these Teachers, the Master Teachers will:

· Receive a $15,000 stipend per year over 4 years for participation in the program (total compensation of $60,000 per Master Teacher).
· Engage in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year.
· Work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers.
· Attend required regular cohort meetings, participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year, and participate in the training of pre-service and early career educators as part of the Master Teacher program.

There will be nine of the ten regional programs that are paired with a SUNY campus to leverage the expertise of the University’s faculty and partner with existing teacher preparation programs. The number of teachers from each regional cohort and the respective partner SUNY campus are:

· Capital Region: 70 (University at Albany)
· Central New York: 67 (SUNY Cortland)
· Finger Lakes: 68 (SUNY Geneseo)
· Long Island: 70 (Stony Brook University)
· Mid-Hudson: 70 (SUNY New Paltz)
· Mohawk Valley: 43 (SUNY Oneonta)
· North Country: 67 (SUNY Plattsburgh)
· Southern Tier: 66 (Binghamton University)
· Western New York: 70 (SUNY Buffalo State)
· New York City: 34 (in partnership with Math for America)

For additional information about the application process, visit:  www.suny.edu/masterteacher.


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