New York’s Master Teacher Program seeks to identify, reward, and support outstanding public school teachers throughout New York State. It is inspired by and modeled after Math for America, which is a supplementary education program for teachers that has flourished in New York City and since expanded nationwide. Master Teachers are chosen because they have proven content expertise, effective pedagogical skill and a deep understanding of their students and their communities. Once selected, Master Teachers will engage in activities to even further develop their talents in those three areas.
This fall, Governor Cuomo announced the first cohort of over 100 Master Teachers from the Central New York, Western New York, North Country and Mid-Hudson regions. The group has just completed their first regional cohort meetings and is poised to mentor peer and pre-service teachers, further develop their own expertise, and enhance the overall learning experience of our students for years to come.
STEM education is the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These four general areas of study are extremely important in keeping up with advancement. Across New York State, STEM careers are growing 2.5 times faster than the non-STEM average growth. SUNY has been working to increase STEM education, and furthermore keeping New York and the United States as the technological and economical leader of the global marketplace of the 21st Century.
Last month, SUNY Oswego opened it’s doors to the Shineman Center. The building was named after Richard S. Shineman, who is said to be the catalyst for science research at the college. The center was opened for students in August, marking the culmination of a three year construction project.
Science, Engineering, and Innovation are the three main components to this center and its efforts to promote STEM education for its students. Last week, the Shineman Center opened to the public, and SUNY Oswego’s $118 million Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation drew “oohs and aahs” from hundreds of community visitors. And in concert with SUNY’s efforts to build a better tomorrow, the Shineman Center also went green!
The SUNY Works summit, a three-day professional development event taking place at Hudson Valley Community College, wrapped up on Wednesday. The summit was kicked off with opening remarks from SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and brought together members of private industry, professional organizations, SUNY faculty and staff, and other higher education leaders. The partners engaged in talks around advancing and expanding cooperative education and formal internships within the SUNY system.
An increasing number of students need to work while in school, and employers are reporting that work experience is the biggest factor in their evaluation of potential hires. Cooperative education and internships allow students to integrate classroom theory with real world experience in business/industry and non-profit organizations across the state. With these facts at hand, the SUNY Works initiative has the potential to give students a leg up in their drive for success and career achievement. For more information on co-op/internships, read our intro post on SUNY Works.
SUNY as a system maximizes the Energy Smart New York campaign every single day of the year; after all, 97% of the state’s population is within 20 miles of a SUNY campus. As an economic driver in New York State, SUNY capitalizes on the opportunity to profoundly affect New Yorkers by instating smart, and sometimes bold, environmental goals.
Today we focus on a recent national intercampus achievement and groundbreaking systemwide initiative that both focus on the environment. And to kick off our highlighting of SUNY’s eco-friendly push, our Generation SUNY team spoke to SUNY ESF faculty expert Dr. Elizabeth Folta on how SUNY students can maximize (or minimize!) their impact throughout the year with our brand-new video series, Interview With A. Check it out after the jump!
As the nation gears up to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, SUNY is once again recognized for its outstanding commitment to environmental conservation. The Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), this week salutes eight SUNY campuses among the 230 most environmentally responsible “green colleges” in the United States and Canada.
“SUNY’s commitment to an energy-smart New York and to sustainability throughout our system is a critical component of our strategic plan, one that our campuses have widely embraced and consistently shown leadership on,” said SUNY Chancellor Zimpher. “Congratulations to the eight SUNY campuses listed in the 2013 Guide to Green Colleges. This recognition is much deserved and highly commendable.”
The eight campuses named show due diligence in their environmental efforts day after day: Continue reading →