Mansfield City Schools
Master Teacher Program
A master teacher
demonstrates excellence inside and outside of the classroom through consistent
leadership and focused collaboration to maximize student learning. A master teacher strives for distinguished
teaching and continued professional growth as specified by the Standards for
Per the negotiated agreement between the certified staff and the Mansfield Board of Education and in response to Senate Bill 2, The Ohio Educator Standards Board (ESB) developed the Master Teacher Program. Each district is required to establish a committee that will work with the district to confirm eligibility, develop local procedures, establish application requirements, and score each application. As of 2011, the Master Teacher Program will become part of the new licensure structure. By successfully completing the Master Teacher program, a candidate will be eligible for an advanced teaching license.
current Master Teacher (MT) program aligns with the new licensure structure
effective January 2011. Successful completion of the MT program will satisfy
one of the requirements for an advanced license (available in 2011).
The Master Teacher program
allows teachers to demonstrate their practice based on the Ohio Standards for
the Teaching Profession. Now that it is a recognized path for an advanced-level
educator license in Ohio, it provides even stronger motivation for teachers to
complete the program.
What is the new licensure structure in
License – 4-year non-renewable
License – 5-year renewable
Educator License – 5-year renewable
- Master’s Degree
- 9 years’ teaching experience
- Successful completion of the Master Teacher Program
* Lead Professional
Educator License – 5-year renewable
- Master’s Degree
- 9 years’ teaching experience
- National Board Certification OR Teacher Leader Endorsement with successful completion of the Master Teacher Program
for Master Teacher designation
Teaching - Focused Collaboration
- Distinguished Teaching – Focus on Students and Environment
- Distinguished Teaching – Focus on Content, Instruction and Assessment
- Continued Professional Growth
for Master Teacher status:
- Hold a
valid professional teaching license or certificate
- Have taught
a minimum of seven years (current 8th year)
- Work a
minimum of 120 days during the current school year in MCS
- Work under
a teaching contract/employed as a teacher
- What do you
have to do? Complete application and
recommendation forms, checklist, write narrative section and submit supporting evidence
section and supporting evidence will then be scored
of being a Mansfield City School Master Teacher
professional licenses will be the preferred requirements for teacher leadership
positions in the district in the future.
Within a few short years there may be a pool of teacher leaders with
these licenses to fill mentor and coaching positions, as well as team/grade
level leadership opportunities.
- 1 Graduate
Credit hour may be available from Ashland University after successful completion of the Master Teacher Program.
- In recognition for the time you spend assembling a portfolio, you will earn 9 CEUs.
Candidates receive 4 CEUs.
through the process of becoming a Mansfield City School Master Teacher is
excellent practice for working on a National Board Certification in the future.
- As part of
the Master Teacher Process, participants will participate in monthly sessions
with facilitators to work on their portfolios and get feedback on the work they
- Advance your teaching skills by focusing and reflecting on your
teaching practice and delivering instruction the students of The Mansfield City
Schedule for Implementation for the 2018-2019 School Year
- 10/24/2018 Serious applicants informational meeting (2
- 12/3/2018 Letter of Intent is due to Kevin Stone, Master
- 12/3/2018 2 Letters of Recommendation are due (Form G)
with Letter of Intent
- 12/5/2018 Cohort
Organizational Meeting (1 hr.)
support given to applicants at monthly meetings: (4 - 1 hr. each) TBD
- 5/1/2019 Meeting for applicants to submit completed
- 5/1/2019 -
5/31/2019 Committee dates for scoring
- 5/31/2019 Notifications to
**Meetings held at John
Sherman Elementary School, Room 24
The Master Teacher
Application/Narrative is made up of the following requirements:
Section I: Candidate
Information (Form C) Basic informational sheet to be filled out.
Candidate Recommendation Forms (Form G)
2 separate required
Section II: Writing and Evidence Guidelines
Responses must reflect excellence in the given area inside and/or
outside of the classroom and demonstrate an impact on student learning in the
Mansfield City Schools. Refer to the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession
and the Ohio Standards for Professional Development from the Standards for Ohio
Educators, as well as the enclosed list of examples of evidence for guidance. Examples
referenced and evidence provided must be no more than five years old.
1. Respond to each of the following prompts for each criterion in two
to three pages, not to exceed 12 total pages.
2. Responses must include references to the Ohio Standards for the
Teaching Profession in one or more of the five criteria, and evidence must be
submitted to support responses.
3. The Recommendation Form is to be completed and signed by two
supervisors or colleagues who know and observed your professional practice.
4. Responses may not exceed 12 total pages of text and 10 total pieces
of evidence. Candidates should choose evidence that best exemplifies their work
based on the response provided for each criterion.
5. Each submitted document, being text, evidence pages and/or other, must be clearly marked with the candidate’s assigned identification number on the top right-hand corner of each submitted document. This will be assigned by the committee.
6. Include with your evidence pieces a copy of
your letter requesting parent permission to use student work for this
project. This sheet will not count in
your total pages submitted. You are
instructed to maintain the completed permission forms in your files.
7. White out, black out, or code all names of
students, staff, and school buildings from all submitted work.
8. Evidence should be referenced within the written text and labeled
9. A piece of evidence may be referenced in other criterion.
10. Evidence should not exceed 10 pieces. No maximum number of pages
(see Examples of Evidence).
11. If a teacher is submitting three levels of work samples (high, med
and low), the teacher should group them all together as one piece of evidence.
12. Evidence should be numbered consecutively in the upper right-hand
corner of the paper or document and the number is what should be referenced in
the written narrative.
8.5" x 11" white paper
Times New Roman 12pt. Font
One-half inch margin minimum on all sides
Print on only one side of the page
Number all pages sequentially in the upper right hand corner of each
Provide clear, consistent references to items of evidence which facilitate the readers locating each piece of evidence easily as they read the application.
Indicate paragraphs using a 5-space indentation or a line break.
Submit three copies of the narrative portion of the Master Teacher Application in a single plain file folder clearly marked with
your candidate identification code only. Attach the "Section I: Candidate Information" cover sheet to the first of the three copies.
Narrative pages are to be paper clipped, not stapled.
Submit a single accumulation of evidence in an expandable folder, binder, or other container that will keep the pieces organized.
Keep in mind that two different readers will review the pieces of evidence, so they should be clearly labeled, readily accessible, and easily reorganized if they get out of order.
: Written Narratives – A valuable writing guide will be provided to the candidates starting at our October 24, 2018 informational meeting. There will be detailed writing instructions and a guide provided as well as links on the Master Teacher website to Criteria Guides and hyperlinks to needed Standards for Ohio Educators.
To be designated as a Master Teacher in Ohio, eligible educators must clearly demonstrate each of the following criteria as described in the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession (http://esb.ode.state.oh.us).
Master Teachers will achieve exemplary scores in four of five areas on the scoring guide.
A. Consistent Leadership: Master Teachers ensure student learning and well-being by
participating in decision-making and initiating innovations and improvements
for school change. They are leaders who empower and influence others. They
engage in a variety of leadership roles and perform thoughtful stewardship
responsibilities for the school community and the profession.
B. Focused Collaboration: Master Teachers work with educators, students, families
and communities to create relationships; share knowledge, practice and
responsibility; communicate effectively and support student learning. They
respond to the needs of their colleagues and students in a timely and competent
C. Distinguished Teaching - Focus on Students and Environment: Master Teachers analyze individual and group student development to connect instruction to students’ needs, interests and prior knowledge. They strive to create an environment that engages learners in inquiry, promotes high levels of learning for all students and creates a culture of civility
D. Distinguished Teaching - Focus on Content, Instruction
Master Teachers have a deep and reflective understanding of
the academic content they teach. They use multiple assessments to evaluate
student learning and inform instruction. They continually reflect on student
outcomes and make decisions to promote high levels of learning for all
E. Continued Professional Growth: Master Teachers engage in continuous
professional development and reflection. They use multiple
resources to shape the focus and goals of their professional development
including student learning, assessment data, researched best practices and
school and district goals. They evaluate their personal growth, understanding
and application of knowledge and develop an appropriate professional plan.
SECTION IV: Scoring
- Master Teachers must achieve exemplary scores in four of five areas on the scoring guide. (Per SB 2) *Candidates’ names are kept anonymous to scorers.
- Please refer to the Standards for Ohio Educators (Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession and Ohio Standards for Professional Development) and scoring guide before writing your narrative.
- A candidate will receive a score summary sheet upon the completion of scoring by the review committee. (Form F)
- The Master Teacher Committee must use the Scoring Guide (Form D) and feedback provided should be connected to the Scoring Guide.*Results to
candidates will be provided by May 31st, 2019
Master Teacher Renewal
Master Teachers will be required to submit no more than a four page reflection on criteria A (Leadership) and E (Professional Growth). The teacher is also required to submit three pieces of annotated evidence, described on T5, that support continued growth for criteria B (Focused Collaboration), C (Focus on Students and Environment), and D (Focus on Content, Instruction and Assessment).
Responses must reflect
excellence in the given criteria inside and/or outside of the classroom and
demonstrate an impact on student learning. Refer to the Ohio Standards for the
Teaching Profession and the Ohio Standards for Professional Development from
the Standards for Ohio Educators for guidance. Examples referenced and evidence
provided must be no more than five years old.
There is no
cost to apply, but to be done properly the portfolio will take some time to
prepare. Directions for writing the
narrative and supporting evidence will be provided to candidates starting at
the November 8t, 2017 meeting.
Master Teacher Committee
Kathryn Laser, Co-Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Stone, Co-Chair email@example.com
Gina Bunker firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Kranch email@example.com
Dawn Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Holly Christie – Sherman Dr. Phyllis Davis – Senior High
Kimberly Johnson – Sherman Jennifer Jarvis – Prospect
Kathy Kranch – Sherman Kathryn Laser – Malabar
Nancy Niedermier – Sherman Kim Postell – Mansfield Elective Academy
Margaret Voedisch – Sherman
2015 Master Teacher
2018 Master Teachers
Kathy Kranch – Sherman (Renewal)
Kathryn Laser – Malabar Intermediate School (Renewal)
Margaret Voedisch – Sherman (Renewal)
Dawn Williams - Woodland
Updated: September 15, 2018