National Network of State Teachers of the Year

Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 10, 2017

To All of the Educators, Love Not Money Will Close the Gap

I grew up in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Toledo, Ohio. During my time in middle school, we did not have books or resources…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted June 20, 2017

Special Education Was Created to Push Students Forward But It’s Been Used to Hold Them Back

I was a special education teacher for six years in the resource and co-teaching setting. Though I could not be more proud to be an…

By Jemelleh Coes

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Posted June 2, 2017

I Have the Courage to Teach LGBTQ Literature Because It Saved My Life

“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us”—Franz Kafka When I was 21 years old, three years after I had come…

By Jane McMahon

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Posted May 24, 2017

I Made Every Phone Call, Sent Every Email, Text and Tweet So My Student Could Attend the College of Her Dreams

For two years in my English class, we had talked about her dreams of becoming an intelligence analyst at the CIA. Unlike some students, this…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 10, 2017

24 Teachers of the Year Tell Policymakers What It’s Really Like to Be a Teacher

Several years ago, I was part a group of teachers who met with our state senator, Donald Williams, to discuss pressing educational issues in Connecticut.…

By David Bosso

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Posted May 9, 2017

Skip the Coffee Card: I’d Rather Have This for Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week again. No doubt we will be treated to a flood of posts on social media, abundant snacks in the faculty room…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted May 8, 2017

Teachers of the Year Sang ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ at the White House and It Was Everything

“I want every child to be visible,” Jessica Solano, 2017 Florida Teacher of the Year, told me when the State Teachers of the Year were…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Apr. 25, 2017

Here Are Some Must-Reads From Educators Who Are Changing the Conversation

Over the past week, 2017 National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee has been in the media spotlight, sharing the recipe to her success with…

By Charlie Cummings

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

Read Post

Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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