SUNY’s Teacher Preparation Programs Highlighted During Buffalo Science Week

April 9, 2014

Buffalo – The State University of New York’s commitment to the professional development of teachers and school leaders, through its State-wide Teacher Education Network (S-TEN) and Master Teacher Program, was highlighted today during Science Week in Buffalo.

“With SUNY graduates teaching in every school district in New York State and more than 5,000 teachers graduating from our colleges and universities each year, our system’s commitment teacher training and preparation is a top priority,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

“Science Week is a valuable and rewarding opportunity to highlight our programs and engage with hundreds of students and educators in Western New York. The University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State, and Erie Community College campuses are to be commended for collaboratively offering this week-long series of events.”

Today’s event highlighted a number of advances in the field, including SUNY Buffalo State’s Teach Live virtual simulation classroom lab and professional development schools, where college faculty, school administrators, and practicing teachers work together to prepare new teachers for classroom practice, promote professional development, improve student learning, and conduct research in educational practice. 

The event also featured Governor Cuomo’s Master Teacher Program. Nine new Master Teachers shared with high school students their perspectives on how the Master Teacher program has allowed them to advance their practice, collaborate with colleagues across disciplines, and strengthen the future of STEM education.

Senior Vice Chancellor Johanna Duncan-Poitier said, “Today was a momentous occasion highlighting the significant work we are doing at SUNY to prepare the next generation of teachers and school leaders.  The students in our schools of education today will be preparing the STEM graduates of tomorrow, and they will be leading the future of Western New York, our state, and our nation.”

Offered jointly by the University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State, Erie Community College, and Buffalo Public Schools, Science Week runs from April 7-11.

“By building our alliances throughout the region with community engagement events like Science Week, SUNY is able to deliver on the promise of a world-class education for Western New York’s youth that will ensure their competiveness in the global marketplace,” said SUNY Trustee Eunice A. Lewin, an organizer of the week’s events.

Trustee Lewin and Chancellor Zimpher will participate tomorrow in NanoCareer Day, in which the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will highlight nano-based opportunities for more than 400 ninth-graders in the region.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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