Mansfield City Schools
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 Ohio Teachers.
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.
The 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
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
What is the new licensure structure
Resident Educator License – 4-year non-renewable
Professional Educator License – 5-year renewable
Professional Educator License – 5-year renewable
o Master’s Degree
o 9 years’ teaching experience
Successful completion of the Master Teacher Program
Lead Professional Educator License – 5-year renewable
o Master’s Degree
o 9 years’ teaching experience
o National Board
Certification OR Teacher Leader Endorsement with successful
completion of the
Master Teacher Program
Criteria for Master Teacher designation
Distinguished Teaching -
Distinguished Teaching – Focus on Students and Environment
Distinguished Teaching – Focus on Content, Instruction and Assessment
Continued Professional Growth
Eligibility for Master Teacher status:
Hold a valid professional
teaching license or certificate
Hold a Master’s Degree
Have taught a minimum of 8
years (current 9th 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
Narrative section and
supporting evidence will then be scored
Advantages of being a Mansfield City School Master Teacher
Advanced 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
1 Graduate Credit hour may be
available from Ashland University after successful completion of the Master Teacher Program.
$500 One time stipend from the
Mansfield City Schools
In recognition for the time
you spend assembling a portfolio, you will earn
Renewal Candidates receive 4
Going 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 are doing. This will occur between January and May,
Advance your teaching skills
by focusing and reflecting on your teaching practice and delivering instruction
the students of The Mansfield City Schools deserve.
Schedule for Implementation for the 2019-2020 School Year
Serious applicants informational meeting
12/3/2019 Letter of Intent is due to Kevin Stone,
Master Teacher Co-Chair
2 Letters of Recommendation are due (Form G) with Letter of Intent
Cohort Organizational Meeting
Candidate support given to applicants at
monthly meetings: TBD
Meeting for applicants to submit completed narrative materials
5/4/2020 - 5/29/2020 Committee dates for scoring
Notifications to applicants
The Master Teacher Application/Narrative
is made up of the following requirements:
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
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 accordingly.
9. A piece of evidence may be referenced in other
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 page.
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
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.
III : Written Narratives – A valuable writing guide will be provided to the candidates starting at our November
11, 2019 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
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 manner.
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 and success.
D. Distinguished Teaching
- Focus on Content, Instruction and Assessment:
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 students.
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
Ohio Standards for Professional Development) and scoring guide before
• A candidate will receive a score summary sheet upon the completion of scoring by the
• 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 June 1,
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
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 11, 2019 meeting.
The 2019-2020 Master Teacher Committee
Kevin Stone, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Kris Beasley email@example.com
Amy Bradley firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabe Costa email@example.com
Kathryn Laser firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Moyer 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)
Williams - Woodland
2019 Master Teacher
Hartz - Prospect
2019-2020 Master Teacher
Information (Printable Copy)
Master Teacher Audio Power Point
Ohio Standards for the Teaching
Standards for Ohio Educators
Updated: September 25, 2019