Educators from four regions have been selected as the first group to participate in the New York State Master Teachers program, according to an Oct. 8 press statement by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Selected educators will earn a stipend of $15,000 per year for four years to perform as peer mentors and engage in content-orientated professional development activities throughout the school year.
The inaugural group of Master Teachers has nearly 1,500 years of combined full-time teaching experience with expertise in calculus, algebra, physics, earth science, chemistry, engineering design and development, and mechanics, according to Cuomo.
Cuomo announced the new program last spring as a way to reward the highest performing secondary science and math teachers who commit to mentoring other teachers. “This program will reward those teachers who work harder to make the difference and whose students perform better as a result,” Cuomo said when announcing the program launch.
“The Master Teachers program allows for our best classroom leaders to share their expertise with their peers, furthering student success and helping to build the foundation for college readiness and the skilled workforce that will keep New York competitive in the 21st century global innovation economy.” —SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher
To be eligible, teachers must be currently employed and certified as a teacher in New York, must have at least four years of experience, carry a course load of at least 60 percent math and science (STEM) classes in grades 6–12, and have earned a “highly effective” rating on their annual performance review.
The 105 educators selected for the first round come from four regions: Mid-Hudson, North Country, Central New York and Western New York. The program is accepting applications from educators in all 10 regions between Nov. 1 and January 3, 2014. The second round of Master Teachers will be announced in the spring.