New York teachers have until August 1 to apply for a $60,000 stipend over four years to reward strong performance.
The state Master Teacher Program, a component of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education reform agenda, will enlist 250 middle or high school math and science teachers from four regions of the state to mentor college students and early-career educators in the fall. Under the program, the selected participants will receive $15,000 a year for four years.
Cuomo included $11 million in the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which runs through March 31, for the merit-pay program; the program was a recommendation of his Education Reform Commission in December.
Applications are available now on the State University of New York website.
“Making sure we have the best and brightest teachers in our classroom is a fundamental part of creating a world-class education system in New York state,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The Master Teacher Program will identify and reward teachers that go above and beyond for their students.”
Four SUNY campuses — New Paltz in the Mid-Hudson Valley, Plattsburgh in the North Country, Cortland in central New York and Buffalo State in western New York — are hosting the program for fall 2013. Teachers in the rest of the state will be eligible to apply for a second round in spring 2014.
The campuses will develop curriculum for professional development exercises and provide access to cutting-edge developments in the education field, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said in a statement.
“The Master Teacher program gives the best and brightest teachers added incentive to keep educating and to share their knowledge and expertise with their peers,” Zimpher said. “We look forward to bringing the program to communities and schools statewide.”
Details of the program were first announced in May.
Selected applicants will be invited for interviews in August. For central New York, interviews will be August 5 and 6. They’ll be held August 14 and 15 for western New York, August 19 and 20 for the North Country and August 22 and 23 for the Mid-Hudson.
In order to be eligible, teachers must have four years of experience, carry a course load of at least 60 percent math or science courses in grades six through 12 and be rated “highly effective” through the state’s new mandated teacher evaluation process. The evaluation requirement will be waived for the first round of applicants because the ratings will not yet be available.
Applicants must submit undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a resume and personal statement, a recent observation report and two letters of recommendation. Subject-area certification exam scores are optional, but recommended.
Master teachers will be chosen by September 1.
The website also includes a nomination form, through which parents, students and administrators can encourage qualified teachers to apply.