Excellent STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) instruction is critical to ensuring that New York City's students are college and career-ready in the 21st century. The Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality is actively seeking talented STEM teachers to meet these instructional goals.
Why Teach STEM in NYC?
New York City is an exciting and dynamic place to be a STEM teacher. We offer an unparalleled breadth of STEM-focused programs across our 1700+ schools, ranging from science research to computer science to the health professions. NYC is home to some of the world's leading STEM institutions, including the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Hall of Science, the Bronx Zoo, leading research and technical universities, and over 1700 parks and recreation facilities. STEM is a key driver of New York City's economy in the 21st century, and the opening of new, cutting-edge STEM organizations - including Cornell University's new NYC Tech campus, the technology companies that line the city's "Silicon Alley", and the NYCDOE's innovative STEM-focused schools - are indicative of the opportunities that STEM teachers have to be at the cutting edge of their fields in both content and pedagogy. And events like Science in the City at the New York Academy of Science and The Bell House's monthly Secret Science Club offer STEM-themed learning opportunities and social events for curious New Yorkers of all backgrounds.
Partnership with Institutions and Colleagues
For many New York City STEM teachers, partnerships with outside institutions extend far beyond a single field trip or guest speaker. Our district works with hundreds of organizations to offer specialized STEM-focused programs and supports to support our teachers develop their teaching practice, maintain cutting-edge content knowledge, create rigorous and inspiring inquiry-based learning experiences for students, and expose students to exciting career opportunities in STEM and related fields. Many of these programs are available exclusively to New York City teachers.
In the videos below, you'll get to meet three exemplary teachers who have participated in - and benefited from - some of New York City's STEM partnership opportunities.
| ||Meet Jeff Ciprioni|
Jeff teaches biology and physics at the Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem. He is a graduate of New Visions for Public Schools Urban Teacher Residency (UTR) program, which pairs teacher residents with experienced mentors for a full school year prior to the residents becoming full-time teachers. Click on the video to the left to hear more of his perspective on the UTR program and on teaching science in New York City.
| ||Meet Lauren DeFino and Sephali Thakkar|
Lauren and Sephali are middle school teachers who participate in the Urban Advantage middle school science investigation program, a joint collaboration of the American Museum of Natural History, the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), and seven other leading NYC STEM institutions. In this video, they discuss teaching in their respective schools – Lauren at In-Tech Academy in the Bronx, and Sephali at Columbia Secondary School in Harlem - and share their experiences in incorporating unique opportunities that Urban Advantage has provided to support their students’ learning in the classroom and beyond.
| ||Meet Jeffrey Stephens-Prince|
Jeffrey is a technology teacher at the Ronald Edmonds Learning Center in Brooklyn, who, through a collaboration with NYU Polytechnic University’s Central Brooklyn Robotics Initiative (CBRI), leads his school’s robotics club. Here, he discusses his experience as a career changer who came to teaching after working in the corporate world, and the rewards and opportunities that participating in CBRI has offered him and his students.
Our Commitment to STEM
The NYCDOE is a member of 100Kin10, a multisector mobilization network that is aiming to recruit and develop 100,000 STEM teachers in the next decade. Through 100Kin10, our district is collaborating with partners across the city and the nation to innovate on the programs and policies that support STEM teacher recruitment, induction, development, and retention.
STEM Teacher Leadership Opportunities
As a STEM teacher, you’ll have the opportunity to chart your own career path within the NYCDOE through the range of leadership pathways available to in-service teachers. In 2012-13, more than 900 STEM teachers participated in at least one formal teacher leadership role within their school. Teachers may also take on STEM-specific leadership roles with partner organizations in the New York City area like Urban Advantage’s middle school science initiative.
Additional opportunities include Math for America New York, which offers a range of fellowship opportunities for NYC teachers at various stages of their careers, including a four-year Master Teacher Fellowship for outstanding experienced math and science teachers. Similarly, Bank Street College of Education’s Leadership in Mathematics program offers a 25-month residency for math teachers who are interested in school leadership roles.