SUNY Convenes New York State Master Teachers at Second Annual Conference

June 1, 2015

Albany – SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum welcomed nearly 500 Master Teachers to the second annual New York State Master Teacher Conference this weekend at SUNY Cortland, in support of the program’s commitment to deepening content knowledge and improving teaching and learning.

The Master Teacher Program was launched by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2013 in partnership with SUNY and Math for America. The program brings together the state’s highest-performing STEM teachers to share their expertise with peers and attract more students to STEM careers. Attendees share best practices and design, lead, and participate in innovative workshops and network with their peers from across the state.

Through participation in the program, selected teachers have access to enhanced professional development and content mastery opportunities, become part of a community of dynamic teachers building and sharing best practices, and receive a $15,000 stipend each year for four years. Master Teachers who participate in the program benefit from professional development opportunities that go above and beyond state and school district requirements.

“SUNY is honored to host the New York State Master Teacher Program as part of our ongoing commitment to strengthening teacher preparation and education,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “With the continued dedication and professional support of our Master Teachers, New York continues to expand STEM learning experiences for all students while supporting the next generation of teachers as they prepare to lead classrooms across the state.”

This year’s conference theme was, “Leading and Learning Together” and featured a keynote presentation on coaching from Lucy West, founder of Metamorphosis Learning Communities.

As part of the program, which now includes 552 Master Teachers, SUNY campuses provide teachers the opportunity to interact with and learn from SUNY’s world-class faculty through STEM mini-courses and other professional learning opportunities. The Master Teacher Program is hosted in all 10 regions of the state, as follows:

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

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, 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 2022, 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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