• Social and Emotional Development & Accountability

    In this report we focus on measures of social and emotional learning and their efficacy in educator evaluation. Using literature review and three focus group panels, we examined what the field says about these measures and well as what expert teachers think

    Social and Emotional Development & Accountability
  • Social Justice Book List

    There  are more than 200 books to teach social justice and create equitable learning environments--all recommended by State Teachers of the Year and Finalists.

    The titles listed in this free resource cover all age groups from early learning to adult and touch on a variety of social justice issues, including racism, classism, religious persecution, sexism, xenophobia, LGBTQ issues and other forms of othering.

    Social Justice Book List
  • Time to Amp Up our Thankitude in and out of the Classroom

    "Thankitude is different from mere gratitude. A thankitude is an attitude of giving thanks. It is marked by actively paying attention to, and intentionally expressing thanks for, what matters most to you."

    Time to Amp Up our Thankitude in and out of the Classroom
  • This, Not That: Real Strategies for Teacher Leaders

    By Josh Parker

    "Teachers are inundated with so much data that really does not matter; your feedback as a leaders should not be a part of it. Great feedback is honest feedback. When I have dispensed with pretense and just told it straight, I have gotten more return on investment than any other type of conversation."

    This, Not That: Real Strategies for Teacher Leaders
  • Materials for Maestros: Lessons in Compassion

    By Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa

    "Through compassion, generosity and good will, our network has begun to rebuild a foundation in Puerto Rico so that ALL children can be safe and receive their basic civil right."

    Materials for Maestros: Lessons in Compassion
  • When it Comes to Advanced Coursework, Equity is Access and Access is Equitable

    "...too often the selection for these classes is at the whim of the gatekeepers, teachers, counselors, and principals, who don’t approach the work from an equity perspective. When we deny access, we close potential doors of opportunity for students."

    When it Comes to Advanced Coursework, Equity is Access and Access is Equitable
  • Stop Making Teaching Harder Than It Has to Be!

    By Allison Riddle

    "I'm suggesting we practice mindfulness when approaching our work: consider our intentions when beginning a lesson, speak to a student who is struggling behaviorally, or reflect on our practice. There is an undeniable connection between a teacher's attitude and a student's experience."

    Stop Making Teaching Harder Than It Has to Be!
  • Teachers Should Be Writers

    By Tom Rademacher

    "Don't write what people want to hear. The organizations and people you want to impress have communications people that write those things for them. Repeating the same sorts of ideas and slogans that you've already heard 100 times isn't going to make your piece more impactful to anyone who is reading it."

    Teachers Should Be Writers
  • Your Gift to New Teachers is to Help Them Navigate the Holiday Hustle

    By Monica Washington

    "At the beginning of the year, a new teacher passively listens to mentors without having delivered a lesson of their own. They don’t ask many questions because they don’t yet know what they don’t know. By December, they have real questions, important questions: Do I need to follow the textbook verbatim, including spending so much time on abstract nouns? How do I balance the core content with other important lessons my students need? How do I reach the kids who seem bored?"

    Your Gift to New Teachers is to Help Them Navigate the Holiday Hustle

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 Nate Bowling Although I am an AP teacher, I never took an AP, IB, or honors class while I was in high school. This was for a host of reasons, but in general, there weren’t very many kids who looked like me in those classes--the news tells us

Marcia Ritter, Missouri State Teacher of the Year 1995

Marcia Ritter, Missouri State Teacher of the Year 1995

Advocacy


1995 Missouri Teacher of the Year


Marcia Ritter is a family and consumer sciences educator from Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  Marcia taught middle school and high school FCS students... 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

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

Jennifer York-Barr, Senior Lecturer, University of Minnesota and Teacher Leader Researcher

Jennifer York-Barr, Senior Lecturer, University of Minnesota and Teacher Leader Researcher

“Excellent teaching advances student learning. Excellent teachers hold the potential to serve as powerful, positive and proximal influences on their peers. This is leadership. Teachers who lead, such as State Teachers of the Year, are an essential resource for creating and sustaining learning systems that engage students at high levels so they are well positioned to contribute in our world.”

 


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