33 teachers reach Master status at Sycamore Community Schools | Schools
SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - As an adjective, “master” is defined as “having or showing great skill or proficiency”. When used as a verb, it means “to acquire complete knowledge or skill in an accomplishment, technique or art”. Becoming a Master Teacher as defined by the State of Ohio is reminiscent of, yet goes well beyond, those basic dictionary definitions.
The Ohio Department of Education requires that teachers adhere to rigorous standards and achieve multiple benchmarks before bestowing the title and honor of Master Teacher.
This year, Sycamore Community Schools boasts 33 new Master Teachers (see below), joining 47 other Sycamore teachers who have already earned the certification from the state for demonstrating excellence through leadership and collaboration to maximize student learning.
To be designated as a Master Teacher in Ohio, eligible educators must achieve exemplary scores in at least four of five areas on the scoring guide: consistent leadership; focused collaboration; focus on students and environment; focus on content, instruction and assessment; and, finally, continued professional growth.
“These five areas of focus contribute to student learning and well-being in a number of practical ways,” said Frank Forsthoefel, assistant superintendent. “Master Teachers serve as educational leaders. They foster relationships with students, colleagues and community members to create a collaborative support system for student learning. They use different approaches for different learners to promote high levels of achievement for all students while creating a culture of civility and success. Master Teachers participate in decision-making and reflect on practices to identify areas of achievement and improvement. Sycamore is truly distinguished and lucky to have more than 80 Master Teachers in our schools.”
To learn more about Master Teachers, visit the ODE website at http://esb.ode.state.oh.us.