• NNSTOY Research

    What do we know about the characteristics of teacher leaders; the roles they undertake; and the challenges and barriers that exist to teacher leadership?

    In this follow-up study to our Good to Great report, we conducted deep dive focus groups with State and National Teachers and of the Year and Finalists serving as teacher leaders to discover answers to these questions.

    This report concludes with specific policy recommendations for supporting teacher leadership in state and local contexts.

    NNSTOY Research
  • 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
  • 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 Million Dollar Question

    by Rebecca Mieliwocki

    The 2012 National Teacher of the Year and NNSTOY takes on an important question about professional development that educators often fail to ask (or answer).


    Photo credit: Eflon (Creative Commons)

    The Million Dollar Question
  • American Schools Still Have Bragging Rights

    By Richard Ognibene

    America has always had a complicated relationship with its public schools. Stop 100 people at the mall and ask them about their child’s teacher, and you will hear affection in the vast majority of responses. Dare to suggest that a small school close and merge with another school 10 miles away, and you will hear passionate loyalty. Yet we still perceive our national system to be inferior.

    American Schools Still Have Bragging Rights
  • The #1 Factor That Determines a Toxic or Thriving School Culture

    By Alex Kajitani

    When it comes to the success of an individual classroom, nothing is more important than the relationship between the teacher and the students.  When it comes to the success of an entire school, nothing is more important than the relationship of the adults in the building.

    The #1 Factor That Determines a Toxic or Thriving School Culture
  • Using Technology to Break Down Language Barriers in the Classroom

    By Sarah Loomis

    It is gratifying to know that all over the globe, kids are kids. Students moving to a country where they don’t speak the native language will still struggle to acquire new language skills and to fit in. But it’s also great to know that there are tools we can use to help them.

    Using Technology to Break Down Language Barriers in the Classroom
  • Save the Date for the 2016 Annual Conference in Chicago: July 11-14, 2016

    The Conference, which will take place at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel, will explore four main topic areas: Leadership Spanning, Building Professional Networks, Constructing Student-Centered Classrooms and Expanding on Teacher Leadership. More information -including speakers, presenters, and learning sessions will be released soon. Save the date and we will see you in Chicago!

    Save the Date for the 2016 Annual Conference in Chicago: July 11-14, 2016
  • NNSTOY Professional Development Modules

    Facilitated by State and National Teachers of the Year, NNSTOY offers guided modules for teachers to on how to build the skills required to create real change in today's schools!

    NNSTOY Professional Development Modules


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

Ich weiß es nicht? ¿No sé? Я не знаю? 我不知道 Teachers have heard the phrase “I don’t know?” in almost every language. Still, they take on a different meaning when they come from a student really struggling to

Alex Kajitani, California State Teacher of the Year 2009

Alex Kajitani, California State Teacher of the Year 2009


2009 California Teacher of the Year

Alex Kajitani is the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year.  Known around the country as “The... read more

Current Education News

Six New Transparency Requirements in ESSA April 11, 2016 Education Week, Alyson Klein If you haven't read through all 1,000-plus pages of the brand new Every Student Succeeds Act, you may have missed a key theme: The new law includes a host... read more


 The National Teacher Hall of Fame has invited June Teisan (Michigan 2008) and Jennifer Williams (Idaho 2002) to be inducted into this honorary society.  NNSTOY members who are finalists include Bob Williams (Alaska 2009), Lee-Ann Stephens... 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

Kimberly O'Malley, Ph.D.

Kimberly O'Malley, Ph.D.

“Teachers are present at the precise moments when students learn. They hold rich information about when, why, and how students best solve problems and develop their critical thinking. As we fundamentally change education, we must tap into the wealth of information our teachers have and involve them each step of the way in research and practice.”

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