• Even in Virtual Classrooms, Teachers Build Bonds that Help Students Learn

    By Daniele Massey

    Twelve years of teaching in a brick-and-mortar school has proven to me that building relationships with my students is critical to their learning. Now, in a virtual school, I struggle to build a meaningful student-teacher relationship reaching the same impact in digital environment.

    Even in Virtual Classrooms, Teachers Build Bonds that Help Students Learn
  • A Teacher’s Summer Resolution: Take Your Rest

    By Anna E. Baldwin

    My to-do list takes the form of a sticky-note wall in my home.

    These post-it notes remind me—every time I pass my kitchen table—of the many tasks I must complete, and never, not ever, do they diminish throughout the whole school year. When two notes come down, another five go up. Eventually though, summer does arrive; piles of paper get recycled, wall coverings fade, the notes unstick and drift off the wall like yellow leaves in autumn.

    A Teacher’s Summer Resolution: Take Your Rest
  • One Math Teacher’s Journey from Frustration to Appreciation of the Common Core

    By Mary Pinkston.

    I made a decision; I needed to know the Common Core. I began with the assumption that the writers of the standards wanted what was best for kids. How could I use that assumption to guide me?

    One Math Teacher’s Journey from Frustration to Appreciation of the Common Core
  • When Critics Pounce: How to Survive (& Thrive) When You’re Burned as a Teacher Leader

    Most of us spend part of our day teaching young people how to get along, and be empathetic toward one another. And when we begin to speak out in broader ways, we do it hoping to make a positive impact and bring people together. As a result, we often find ourselves unprepared to be on the receiving end of someone else’s harsh, personal criticism.

    When Critics Pounce: How to Survive (& Thrive) When You’re Burned as a Teacher Leader
  • 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
  • Come Back Better

    By Rebecca Mieliwocki.

    The end of each school year is the beginning of the next fresh start for all of us. It is our chance to begin anew, to re-write the playbook, and to get it more right next time. In this way, commencement is for teachers too.

    Come Back Better
  • 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
  • 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

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 Danielle Massey Last week, Shanice, a senior in my Financial Literacy class, shared with me her fear that she will most likely not graduate with her class. Retaking a math class for the second time, she was still not passing. Since the class

Lee Ann Stephens, Minnesota State Teacher of the Year 2007

Lee Ann Stephens, Minnesota State Teacher of the Year 2007

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2007 Minnesota Teacher of the Year


Lee Ann Stephens is the Minnesota State Teacher of the Year 2007 and has been an educator for 23 years. She spent her first 12 years of teaching in... 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 Josh Parker (Maryland 2012) represented NNSTOY at a Saving Tomorrow Today event in Baltimore, Maryland June 15. Parker also had an article published on Education Post and our NNSTOY site, The Danger of a Single Story and How the Common... 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

Walt MacDonald, President and CEO, Educational Testing Service

Walt MacDonald, President and CEO, Educational Testing Service

“The influence that great teaching can have on an individual student is incalculable. And yet its impact extends far beyond one child’s academic experience. Great teaching ripples through entire societies because learning and love of learning promote our most cherished values: decency, compassion, a belief in progress and a concern for others, both within and across cultures. Good teachers are more than skilled professionals. They are builders.”


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