President Obama will establish a new program to recognize and reward excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The new initiative, known as the STEM Master Teacher Corps, will identify exceptional STEM teachers and provide them with an annual stipend of up to $20,000 on top of their base salary in exchange for their expertise, leadership, and service.
The STEM Master Teacher Corps will initially recruit 50 teachers and will eventually expand to 10,000 teachers. Educators will be selected to participate in the program through a competitive process based on demonstrated teaching effectiveness, content knowledge, and contributions to the improvement of teaching and learning within their school and more broadly.
The program will immediately receive $100 million of the existing Teacher Incentive Fund. This funding helps school districts create and implement career ladders that identify, develop, and leverage highly effective STEM teachers. School districts will compete for funding to compensate highly effective teachers who can mentor other educators in STEM instruction.
President Obama said of the program: “If America is going to compete for the jobs and industries of tomorrow, we need to make sure our children are getting the best education possible. Teachers matter, and great teachers deserve our support.”
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