• 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.

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    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
  • 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
  • What Happens to Teacher Leadership When the Money Runs Out?

    "This is the miracle of teacher leadership. When done right and when teachers are nurtured in an environment that is safe, where risks and mistakes and encouraged, we begin to trust one another and cooperate to achieve more than we could on our own."

    What Happens to Teacher Leadership When the Money Runs Out?

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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.

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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 Rebecca Mieliwocki  Got just about the worst news I could get since taking a role developing teachers for my school district. We’re out of money. Don’t get me wrong. We teachers are used to having to do more with less. Making something

Josh Parker, Maryland State Teacher of the Year 2012

Josh Parker, Maryland State Teacher of the Year 2012

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2012 Maryland Teacher of the Year


Josh Parker, the 2012 Maryland State  Teacher of the Year, teaches English Language Arts at Windsor Mill Middle School, where he also serves as... 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.

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Rick Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies, AEI

Rick Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies, AEI

“Teachers creating cultures of excellence, bringing tough-minded common sense to public debate, and embracing responsibility for students and the profession, will determine whether well-intentioned education reforms and policies amount matter or not. These cage-busting teacher leaders are at the core of making a difference for kids.”

 


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