• (Webinar) Inward and Onward #3: Supporting Colleagues Building Equitable Learning Environments

    Tuesday, December 13 ~ 8:00-9:15 PM ET

    Join us for the NNSTOY Inward and Onward Webinar Series, three deep dive discussions that unpack how educators can create equitable classrooms hosted by State Teachers of the Year Monica Washington, Daniele Massey and Jemelleh Coes.

     

    (Webinar) Inward and Onward #3: Supporting Colleagues Building Equitable Learning Environments
  • 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
  • The Teacher Prep Regulations – A Short Primer for Educators

    By Maddie  Fennell

    If we want to ensure that our new colleagues are actually prepared to work with us, we need to be involved in the accountability systems that are being built now in every state.

    The Teacher Prep Regulations – A Short Primer for Educators
  • Where Do We Go From Here?

    A State Teacher of the Year reflects on his run for the Oklahoma State Senate

    By Shawn Sheehan

    "I got into the race not long after being selected as Oklahoma’s 2016 Teacher of the Year and a Finalist for National Teacher of the Year, feeling a strong sense of duty to advocate for educators. So when I was approached about a state constitutional amendment to provide much needed funding for education, I signed on, quite literally."

    Where Do We Go From Here?
  • On Gratitude

    By Katherine Bassett

    We are in that ‘thankful’ time of year.  Leaves are falling, holidays are near and soon we will gather around food with friends and loved ones to reflect on how grateful we feel.

    For the last couple of years, Dana Boyd (Texas State Teacher of the Year 2007) has been challenging me to post to Facebook each day of this month something for which I am thankful. This year I agreed, but I have found this to be an act that, on some days, has been extremely challenging.

    On Gratitude
  • Teaching Children of Color vs. Tough Love

    By Justin Minkel

    When we talk about “grit,” we often forget the role of kindness and compassion. The omission is especially troubling because grit is usually discussed in relation to African-American and Latino students in high-poverty schools.

    Teaching Children of Color vs. Tough Love
  • 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
  • Creating Moments Our Students Will Remember

    By Allison Riddle

    "I want to find spaces to do the same as often as needed in my classroom. Let's all make the moments to 'cuddle' our students in a rich discussion, share family stories, ask their opinions, take selfies, dance to music, appreciate falling snowflakes, or whatever the moment brings."

    Creating Moments Our Students Will Remember
  • Meet Jayden and Be Changed

    By Michael Dunlea

    "I’ve found a home of sorts in NNSTOY, an organization that passionately advocates for and lifts up students across the country. Even as we work to advance the teaching profession, NNSTOY members are focused on our students. What we do alters the trajectories of students’ lives. "

    Meet Jayden and Be Changed

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 Michael Dunlea Jayden is a four-year-old who lives in Salt Lake City with his mom and grandmother. I got to meet him at our day of service at the beginning of NNSTOY’s teacher leadership conference in the summer of 2015. If you met him,

Sarah Brown Wessling, Iowa and National Teacher of the Year 2010

Sarah Brown Wessling, Iowa and National Teacher of the Year 2010

Practice


2010 Iowa and National Teacher of the Year


Sarah Brown Wessling is a high school English teacher at Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa. She shares half of each day with the Teaching... 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 Teachers Offer Loving Message Post Election Leigh VandenAkker One day after the presidential election, teachers at East High School, including Utah Teacher of the Year Leigh VandenAkker (2012), wasted no time showing their... 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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