Master Teacher Program
The application period for the NYS Master Teacher Program closed on March 25, 2017.
The NYS Master Teacher Program sustains a state-wide network of outstanding STEM teachers dedicated to deepening their expertise in the areas of content, pedagogy, and students’ families and communities and sharing this expertise with peers and future teachers to provide the most innovative STEM curriculum for their students. But what do the Master Teachers do?
Below are samples of the professional development activities taken on by the NYS Master Teachers.
NYSMTP Professional Development
NYS Master Teachers sustain a professional network of outstanding NYS STEM educators. The Master Teachers are strong classroom teachers with clear goals for further developing their breadth and depth in the three knowledge areas: knowledge of content, of pedagogy and of their students' families and communities.
View examples of professional development activities co-created by the Master Teachers and their SUNY counterparts.
NYS Master Teachers across the state participate in evening mini-course. Geometric Investigations with Every Day Materials was facilitated by George Hart, sculptor, applied mathematician, and research professor at Stony Brook University. The photos show Master Teachers in Long Island, Mid-Hudson and the Southern Tier and their truncated icosahedron CD sculptures, colorful polyhedras, and SOMA challenges (table size and life size!).
Southern Tier invited Susan Marie Frontczak, facilitated a storytelling workshop exploring how to use stories to generate real problem solving in math and science classrooms. "Marie Curie as portrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak" with photo credit to Jen Myronuk.
Western NY designed and hosted a Saturday conference with Shawn Otto, science writer, author of "The War on Science: Who’s Waging it, Why it Matters, What We Can Do about It" and host of the CBC radio show "Science Under Siege". One tweeted quote? "Goal of science ed should be to think critically w/sci literacy & not be fooled by others, or ourselves. #WarOnScience"
NYS Master Teachers are dedicated to sharing their successful practices with colleagues in their schools and districts.
View examples of the public impact of the NYSMTP
Capital Region Master Teachers participating in the Girls in STEM Professional Learning Team organized a ½- day conference of hands-on workshops for middle school girls. The goal was to encourage young women to pursue STEM studies and careers. 85 girls from across the Capital District participated in activities including biomimicry, engineering and design, and computer programming. Dr. Sara Brenner, Nanobioscience Assistant Professor at SUNY Poly spoke about how nanotechnology is changing our world. Plans for next year’s conference are underway.
Central NY Master Teacher, Matt Harbinger, started a Girls Who Code club at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Currently, there are 24 girls in the club. In addition to learning how to code, the girls are planning to run a used cellphone drive to benefit the Vera House, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.
Mid-Hudson Master Teachers participating in the Girls in STEM Professional Learning Team designed a ½ -day conference, Girls Rock STEM, at SUNY New Paltz. 120 middle school girls from 26 districts in the Mid-Hudson region chose from hands-on STEM-related workshops such as DNA extraction, 3D printing, MAD Science Demos and a visit to the planetarium. Dr. Kate Craft, a planetary scientist from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, gave an inspiring keynote address. (And the NYSMTP wishes her well in her quest to be selected for NASA’s Astronaut Candidate Program.)
Preparing the Next Generation of Educators
NYS Master Teachers are committed to supporting the recruitment, professional preparation, and induction of pre-service teachers through mentorship and other activities.
View examples of Master Teachers working with pre-service teachers.
Finger Lakes Master Teachers formed a Professional Learning Team focused on mentoring pre-service teachers at SUNY Geneseo and St. John Fisher’s College. This past fall, they led an Inquiry Lab Design workshop, and hosted a panel for education majors to ask any questions about their future careers. The feedback was so positive, the NYS Master Teacher Panel has been integrated into the annual activities available for education majors.
Long Island Earth Science PLT designed a Saturday workshop, No Teacher Left Indoors, to support teachers’ learning how outdoor STEM learning experiences can be incorporated into their curricula. The workshop was fully enrolled with early career and pre-service teachers, teachers from several school districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as a few district level administrators. Plans in the works for the next workshop.
North Country Master Teachers partnered with the Plattsburgh Teacher Resource Center to create the, now bi-annual, two-day Teacher-to-Teacher Conference. On day one, Master Teachers, area STEM educators, and SUNY Plattsburgh Science and Math department faculty gather for an evening centered around the current research at SUNY Plattsburgh. On day two, the Master Teachers co-lead workshops to share innovative, best teaching practices with their peers and fellow in-service teachers.