• 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
  • Make Some Waves

    By Monica Washington

    "Teachers recognize that their training and expertise grants them not only the authority—but the responsibility—to speak out on behalf of their students and the profession."

    Make Some Waves
  • 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
  • Spring Break and the Equinox of Student Engagement

    By Gary G. Abud, Jr.

    When it comes to engaging young people, DJs behind their turntables can teach educators a thing or two, especially during Spring Break.

    Spring Break and the Equinox of Student Engagement
  • 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
  • What Happens to Teacher Leadership When the Money Runs Out?

    By Rebecca Mieliwocki

    "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?

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.

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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 Gary G. Abud, Jr. Close your mind's eye for a moment. Imagine it's a Saturday night. You're in Miami at the hottest dance club in town. Lights flash, the bass pounds, and you feel the atmosphere so much you don't want it to end. Facing the

Michelle M. Shearer, Maryland and National Teacher of the Year 2011

Michelle M. Shearer, Maryland and National Teacher of the Year 2011

Policy, Practice


2011 Maryland and National Teacher of the Year


Michelle Shearer currently teaches Advanced Placement chemistry to tenth through twelfth grade students at Urbana High School in Frederick County. ... 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 Melody Arabo (Minnesota 2015) co-authored a report recently released by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, The Right Tool for the Job: Improving Reading and Writing in the Classroom. Mike Soskil's (Pennsylvania 2017) article... read more

Teachers Leading Discussion Forum

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Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

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