• Another Year, Another Principal

    By Alex Kajitani

    As teachers, we can’t control how a new principal chooses to enter our school, but we can manage how we respond. When we proactively welcome a new principal, while continuing to moving the work of the school and community forward, the transition eases, and the entire school benefits.

    Another Year, Another Principal
  • Calling a Teacher a Leader is Not Enough

    By Tom Rademacher

    Leadership is not middle-management. Leadership is not the excusing of mistakes or the perpetuating of bad ideas. Leadership is not one-way communication, and leadership is not perpetuating an existing system. Simply calling a teacher a leader isn’t enough.

    Calling a Teacher a Leader is Not Enough
  • This is the Summer of Race and Equity in Education

    By Anna Baldwin

    I do not pretend to understand what it means to be Black, but I do understand what it means to be white in a racist society. I thought, when I moved away from the South, that I had mostly escaped it. But this summer of national conversations on race and equity has brought all the feelings back.

    This is the Summer of Race and Equity in Education
  • Teachers, I’ll See You on Twitter!

    by Cathy Whitehead

    I fear that, in surrounding ourselves primarily with people like us, we silo ourselves, echoing the polarization that has come to characterize American society. Lately I'm learning that my greatest growth comes when I surround myself with diversity, especially diversity of thought.

    Teachers, I’ll See You on Twitter!
  • Teens Talk About Racism

    By Maryann Woods-Murphy

    A recent study published by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project reports that 62 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, students are attending schools that are increasingly segregated and moving backwards.

    To live up to the vision of Brown, there is much work to do at every level, but at least for one day there is a safe space where students from diverse backgrounds can meet, appreciate each other and plan for change.

    Teens Talk About Racism
  • No App Can Replace Mastery

    By Allison Riddle

    Over the last ten years as a fifth grade teacher, I have noticed a change in attitudes about learning. Both students and parents have grown increasingly frustrated when asked to take time to rehearse and apply critical math and reading proficiencies. Our Generation Z students and their parents are used to retrieving information instantly and being entertained constantly. They do not understand that more is always needed to achieve mastery.

    No App Can Replace Mastery
  • You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught

    By Brad Hull

    The separation of education and social issues often leads us to ignore history, humanities and social studies; shun social emotional learning and character education including empathy and compassion; dismiss the struggle of self-knowledge and humility; and disregard the skills of developing multiple perspectives...

    You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught
  • New Video Series: Why Teachers Value Rigorous Standards

    Some of the nation's best teachers pull back the curtain from their classrooms to show how the Common Core helps them engage all of their students in challenging and rewarding educational experiences that prepare them for the futures they create.

    New Video Series: Why Teachers Value Rigorous Standards
  • 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
  • Case Studies in Career Advancement

    Learn lessons from 8 teacher career advancement initiatives implemented across a variety of contexts, including key principles for developing successful, sustainable teacher career advancement initiatives.

    This report represents the second phase of our research into how the teaching profession needs to evolve to meet 21st century career expectations for a new generation of teachers and learners.

    Case Studies in Career Advancement


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

How to Manage Your Relationship with a New Principal for the Good of Your School By Alex Kajitani If you teach in a school that’s had the same principal for the past five years, you needn’t read any further. Still reading? Of course

Debra Calvino, New York State Teacher of the Year 2010

Debra Calvino, New York State Teacher of the Year 2010


2010 New York Teacher of the Year

Debra is the 2010 New York State Teacher of the Year. She began her teaching career as a high school special education teacher in 1981. She has... 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


Current News Tara Dale's (Arizona Finalist 2014) article "The Secret to Engaging Students" was published on the blog, Educators for High Standards. In the article, Dale argues that one of a teacher's most important and challenging jobs is... 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

Chris Minnich, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers

Chris Minnich, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers

National and State Teachers of the Year play an important role by helping guide policy discussions that affect students and the education profession with chief state school officers and their staff.  We applaud the many Teachers of the Year who are helping lead the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and many other instructional improvements in classrooms and schools across the country.

CCSSO is proud to be the home of the National Teacher of the Year Program, and we applaud the outstanding accomplishments of all teacher leaders. We look forward to even more dialogue with teacher leaders in the future and wish you the very best in your work.

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