• Love and Teaching: A Transformational Connection

    By Josh Parker

    "What may be most absent from the education reform conversation is a focus on the love of teaching itself. Not a love of the public schools versus charter schools. Not a love of one political perspective over another. Not a love of one solution at the expense of another. I’m talking about a fundamental love of teaching itself."

    Love and Teaching: A Transformational Connection
  • 2016 Federal Policy Survey

    Find out what the country's best teachers think about a variety of education policies, including how to recruit and retain teachers and how to keep great teachers in the profession.

    The survey respondents include both State Teachers of the Year and Finalists for State Teacher of the Year.

    (Photo provided courtesy of Got Credit.)

     

     

    2016 Federal Policy Survey
  • Beyond the Noise of Teacher Leadership

    By Michael Lindblad

    "When Jonathan Kozol suggests that having an incredible teacher in a classroom can overcome a myriad of challenges in education, he’s right. But I know that having the right teacher leader in a region or state can change the entire dynamic of education there."

    Beyond the Noise of Teacher Leadership
  • Relationships Are Everything

    By James E. Ford

    "In a time where poverty is rampant, bigotry is widespread and xenophobia has reached a fever pitch, our students may not come hard-wired to perform well. As teachers, it would behoove us to consider the fact that these basic needs don't disappear at the school building's threshold..."

    Relationships Are Everything
  • On A Clear Day in April

    By Rebecca Mieliwocki

    "I’ve been silent too long, worrying too terribly, and imagining the worst. It’s time to do the next right thing, and the next right thing is to remember what great teachers do that cannot be undone by an election. No matter who occupies the White House or runs the Department of Education, no matter what policies or mandates come rolling down the halls of congress, no matter how sharp or painful the national dialogue becomes, standing inside millions of classrooms across this country are teachers who are hard at work being inspirers-in-chief."

     

    On A Clear Day in April
  • NNSTOY Unites the Tribe of Teacher Leaders from Coast to Coast

    By Rebecca Mieliwocki and Angie Miller

    In our year of recognition, we all form bonds with our STOY cohorts that often last a lifetime, but membership in NNSTOY expands that network exponentially to include teacher leaders from every year and every state. Through NNSTOY, we build an extended family--a network of spectacular connections that grows and challenges us in unique and powerful ways every single day.

    NNSTOY Unites the Tribe of Teacher Leaders from Coast to Coast
  • What to do when the next awful thing happens

    By Tom Rademacher

    "There is no neutral when people, any people, are told they don’t belong, are treated as if they don’t matter. There is no neutral when children are hurt. Whatever happened yesterday, we have to teach to it, we have to teach because of it."

    What to do when the next awful thing happens
  • Time to Step Up

    By Allison Riddle

    "We could confront the onslaught of attacks from those who would dismantle traditional public education if more teachers were willing to step out of their comfort zones and speak. Teachers must own their profession. They must lead their profession."

    Time to Step Up
  • To the educators who will teach my Black daughter

    By Jemelleh Coes

    "... as an educator, I know the power of educators. I believe that if they are conscientious and intentional about their interaction, most will do right by Gabby and the other Black girls—girls who still trust teachers to care for and nurture them..."

    To the educators who will teach my Black daughter
  • 6 Things Teachers Can Do When Bad News Strikes

    By Angie Miller

    "The morning after the 2016 election, a first-period 11th grade English class sat in front of me visibly subdued. I knew, from my own experiences, that if I did not acknowledge their discomfort and fear, they would learn nothing, except perhaps that I did not value their feelings."

    6 Things Teachers Can Do When Bad News Strikes

Resources

The NNSTOY Resource Library is a collection of research reports, policy briefs, white papers, and other powerful documents that focus on today’s key topics in education. Browse our virtual library and review the topics that interest you.

NNSTOY Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for providing direction to and overseeing the affairs of the NNSTOY in the interests of the membership.  It consists of State Techers of the Year and other professionals. 

Member Blog

By Josh Parker "There's no word in the language I revere more than 'teacher.' My heart sings when a kid refers to me as his teacher, and it always has. I've honored myself and the entire family of man by becoming a teacher." Pat Conroy If

Terry Knecht Dozier, South Carolina and National Teacher of the Year 1985

Terry Knecht Dozier, South Carolina and National Teacher of the Year 1985

Advocacy


1985 National and South Carolina Teacher of the Year


Terry Dozier, the 1985 National and SC State  Teacher of the Year, has a storied career in education advocacy.  In addition to her current position... read more

Current Education News

In a Flash Poll conducted June 6-17, 2016, members of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year indicated that states and districts are doing little to engage them around the new Every Student Succeeds Act, as required by law. Data from... read more

NNSTOY News

Current News Teaching at its Core.  State Teachers of the Year and Finalists in Washington have started a new blog to help educators think through some of education's toughest challenges.  Jeffrey Dunn (Finalist 2014) offers insightful... read more

Teachers Leading Discussion Forum

We would like to invite you to join the conversation on our Teachers Leading discussion forum.  There is great conversation throughout the year about great teaching.

NNSTOY Video Series

Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

“We at AFT are so pleased to see the rebirth of www.nnstoy.org. Its members exemplify teacher leadership—something we know is essential to the success of students, schools, and communities.”


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