We own this challenge

Each year, SUNY prepares nearly a quarter of New York State’s teachers, and New York is a key provider of teachers for our nation. But the demand for—and the demands on—teachers have changed dramatically. The quality and diversity of teacher candidates and the extent of preparation they receive is not sufficient for what our students and communities need today, nor in the future. Through the many changes and challenges schools face, one thing remains constant:

Teachers are the number one in-school factor for student success.


What does TeachNY do?

TeachNY is a movement to lift up the teaching profession and to ensure that New York and the nation will have the high quality educators needed for the future. As stated at the official unveiling, the statewide campaign will work to:

✅ Promote the power of teaching

✅ Cement a clinical practice profession

✅ Secure investment in innovative educator preparation

✅ Improve transparency about educator supply and demand

✅ Support the entire educator preparation pipeline



Learn more about TeachNY and its progress:

TeachNY Overview:

TeachNY In The News:

State receives $445,000 grant for TeachNY project, The Daily News, 1/7/2017

Editorial: Attitude affects teacher shortage, Press Republican, 11/20/16

Lawmakers, unions to join efforts to address looming teacher shortage, Politico (subscription), 09/23/16

Chancellor talks up TeachNY to educators at SUNY Old Westbury, New Day, 9/16/16

Leaders are committed to improving education, Buffalo News (letter), 9/17/16

TeachNY offers solutions for educators and students, Times Union, 9/11/16

Letter: TeachNY allows voice in shaping education policy, Times Union, 9/10/16

State education leaders tour New York to praise and recruit teachers, Buffalo News (editorial), 8/16/16

SUNY Chancellor on teacher diversity: “We have to correct that”, WBFO, 08/15/16

Zimpher, Elia support teachers during stop at UB, UB Reporter, 8/10/16

State’s top education leaders tackle teacher shortage issue, WBFO, 8/10/16

Educators Tackle Statewide Teacher Shortage at TeachNY Conference (video), TWC News, 8/10/16

Another Voice: TeachNY helps SUNY serve the needs of education (opinion – Buffalo State President), Buffalo News, 8/10/16

Elia, Zimpher get an earful about teaching woes during statewide ‘listening tour’, Buffalo News, 8/10/16

State’s two top educators in Buffalo to warn of teacher shortage, Buffalo News, 8/9/16

TeachNY targets teacher shortages & diversity (audio), WBFO, 8/9/16

Addressing the teacher shortage in New York (video), WKBW, 8/9/16

GSE urges undergraduates to think about teaching, Niagara Frontier Publications, 8/8/16

Extras (TeachNY), TWC News, 8/9/16

Supporting The Efforts Of TeachNY To Prepare More, Well Qualified Teachers, SUNY Big Ideas Blog, 8/8/16

Quick fix can't solve crisis, Times Union (editorial), 7/20/16

State Regents relax long-term substitute teacher rule, Times Union, 7/13/16

TeachNY Report Provides Foundation for Statewide Collaboration on Teacher Preparation, EdPrepMatters, AACTE, 6/27/16

Adopt preparation programs suggested in TeachNY, Times Union (subscription, commentary), 6/14/16

New York state must tackle need for more teachers, Democrat and Chronicle (editorial), 6/12/16

Replenishing teacher ranks an essential goal, Poughkeepsie Journal (editorial), 6/9/16

Top state ed officials concerned about teacher shortage, Mid-Hudson News, 6/8/16

Looming teacher shortage prompts state action, more programs (video), Poughkeepsie Journal, 6/7/16

State Education officials warn of impending teacher shortage, Daily Freeman, 6/7/16

N.Y. Chief, SUNY Chancellor Team Up to Overhaul Teacher Preparation, Education Week (subscription; blog), 6/1/16

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher launches statewide TeachNY initiative, Local Syr, 5/25/16

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher Brings Statewide Tour to Cortland, TWC News, 5/25/16

Learning to Teach through #TeachNY (Zimpher and Elia) (video), TWC Capital Tonight, 5/24/16

MaryEllen Elia and Chancellor Zimpher (audio), WCNY Capital Pressroom, 5/24/16

NY teachers need a boost, Times Union (editorial; subscription), 5/22/16

Thumbs up: For a new effort to recruit teachers, Democrat & Chronicle Editorial Board, 5/20/16

A New Movement To Help Ensure We Have the High Quality Educators Needed for the Future, SUNY Big Ideas Blog

SUNY and Its State Plan to Remake Teacher Education, Inside Higher Ed, 5/19/16

Top NY education officials push for teacher training reforms, Newsday, 5/19/16

SUNY, State Ed launch campaign to combat impending teacher shortage, Politico New York, 5/19/16

Zimpher, Elia launch campaign to fight teacher shortage, Times Union, 5/19/16

New York announces effort to increase number of teachers, Associated Press, 5/19/16

Partnership aims to address New York’s teaching shortage, WHEC, 5/19/16

SUNY and NYSED announce new campaign to support teachers, Watertown Daily Times, 5/19/16

State Education Officials Announce TeachNY Initiative (audio), WAMC, 5/19/16

SUNY, state team up to add teachers; unions pan it, Gannett, 5/19/16

'Historic partnership' launched to address teacher shortage (audio), WBFO, 5/19/16

Chancellor Zimpher, Commissioner Elia Announce Historic Partnership To Address New York’s Teaching Shortage, SUNY, 5/18/16

Owning the K-12 Challenge, Chronicle of Higher Education, 5/16/16

As shortage looms, state rethinks how it recruits and treats its teachers, Politico New York, 3/7/16

SUNY urges new teacher training plan, Times Union (subscription), 3/1/16

No Easy A's‌, Inside Higher Ed, 2/23/15

Those who can: How to turn teaching into a job that attracts high-flyers, The Economist, 2/14/15

Up next for SUNY chief, finding consensus on a teacher-ed overhaul, Chalkbeat, 2/12/15

State University of New York council to improve teacher prep, Associated Press via KSL, 2/8/15

For more communications and press related to TeachNY, please contact Casey Vattimo at casey.vattimo@suny.edu or (518) 320-1311.

Any questions about TeachNY can be directed to TeachNY@suny.edu.