Maddie Fennell, Nebraska State Teacher of the Year 2007

Policy


Maddie Fennell, Nebraska State Teacher of the Year 2007

In December of 2010 I was appointed Chair of the Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching. While still working as a full time teacher, I directed the wisdom and experience of 22 accomplished teachers—supported by researchers, policymakers and academicians—to examine the policies and practices governing the teaching profession and craft a new, teacher-centered vision of teaching and the profession.

I structured the work of the Commission, as well as that of the Advisory Committee, to focus on the professional practices that make a difference in student critical issues facing the future of our profession.

I traveled the country conducting “input sessions”, personally hearing the stories of hundreds of teachers.  I was intensely involved in the deliberations of the Commission and meticulously edited the final report, Transforming Teaching: Connecting Professional Responsibility to Student Learning, to ensure that it reflected the voices of those involved.

I explained (and defended!) our work in multiple venues, including the International Summit on the Teaching Profession and the National Education Association’s Annual Representative Assembly.

I believe that we, as teacher leaders, have a responsibility to shape and implement education policy.


Madaline (Maddie) Fennell has been an elementary teacher for 23 years. She has served as a leader at the local, state and national level, most recently Chairing the Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching, presenting at the International Summit on the Teaching Profession and serving on the Board of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year.

Her honors include the Carol Stowe Humanitarian Award, the Ruth E. Pyrtle Leadership Award, and the 2007 Nebraska Teacher of the Year.

 

 



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