Capital Region Master Teachers Add New Members

Albany, NY (March 6, 2015) - The University at Albany hosts the Capital Region cohort of the New York State Master Teacher Program. Master Teachers are STEM educators in regional middle and high schools, selected through a rigorous process of qualification, application, nomination, and interview.

The University at Albany has designated its Master Teachers as STEM Leadership Associates and will support opportunities for the Capital Region’s Master Teachers to create professional learning communities, experience enriching professional development, offer mentoring to preservice and in-service colleagues, seek leadership roles in their schools and districts, and integrate their expertise in the UAlbany School of Education and its science departments.

Still in its first year, the Capital Region’s Master Teacher Program has just added 42 new members, growing from 23 to 65. The first meeting of the new group was held on Saturday, February 28 at UAlbany. In addition to meeting fellow Master Teachers, the STEM Leadership Associates brainstormed about a program of professional development, strategies for mentoring activities, and their overall goals as members of the Master Teacher Program.

“The UAlbany School of Education is honored to host the Capital Region’s Master Teachers. They are a talented, effective, and highly motivated group, and their excitement for professional development, collaboration, and leadership is palpable,” said Dr. Robert Bangert-Drowns, Dean of the School of Education.

"The Master Teachers are a great group to work with," said Jennifer Hogan, Capital Region Site Coordinator. "There is so much energy and enthusiasm when they are in the same room. They are always excited to meet and work with others who share their passion for teaching and their interest in STEM."

The Master Teachers participate in a minimum of 50 hours of cohort-sponsored professional development each year for four years and receive an annual stipend. For more information about the Capital Region Master Teachers, contact Jennifer Hogan at jhogan2@albany.edu or visit https://sites.google.com/site/capitalregionmtp/. For more information about the NYS Master Teacher Program, visit www.suny.edu/masterteacher.