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The National Network of State Teachers of the Year is proudly presenting the 2017 NNSTOY Conference: A Clear Voice, a Collective Vision.

July 15-19, 2017 at Westin City Center, 1400 M St NW, Washington, DC 20005.


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You may book a hotel room by clicking the link below.  If you have specific questions regarding your stay, please  contact our conference manager, Julie Dennis: [email protected]. Her phone number is: 202.429.1700

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Saturday, July 15

Day of Service

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Sunday, JULY 16

STRAND 1: Elevating Our Voices for Educational Equity and Social Justice

How can we support the type of schooling (and society) that values, rather than marginalizes?

This strand highlights theoretical and practical models that are responsive to the challenges of preparing educational leaders committed to social justice and equity.

STRAND 2: Teacher Leader Voice

How can we advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership?

This strand highlights systems and strategies that support teacher leaders.

Monday, JULY 17 

STRAND 3: Lifting Our Voices in Policy and Advocacy

How can we gain insight into the legislative process and contribute our important voice and perspective to policy decisions that impact our students?

This strand focuses on actively engaging in policy analysis and advocating for educational opportunities in local communities.

Membership Meeting

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Tuesday, JULY 18

STRAND 4: Raising our Voices for Students and the Profession

How can we actualize our deep belief that when our teachers are organized and in positions of leadership (within and outside the classroom), they will serve as a transformative force for and with students, communities and the broader movement to professionalize teaching?

This strand focuses on raising our voices for our student’s unique needs and for the teaching profession.


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Wednesday, JULY 19


Take a field trip to Capitol Hill and meet with your Congressional leaders! Please sign up on the sign-up sheet for the Day on the Hill. Our Day on the Hill Committee will set up meetings with your state’s senators so you will attend a Hill meeting  with all teachers from your state.


Jose Vilson

A middle school New York math eduator, Founder of EduColor, writer, and activist

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Stephen Ritz

A South Bronx educator, Global Teacher Prize 2015 Finalist, innovator, social entrepreneur and urban farmer

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Wesley Williams

A senior project director with 19 years of experience in teacher recruitment and retention, enhancement, educator equity, curriculum development

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Clint Smith

A writer, former high school English teacher and doctoral candidate at Harvard University studying education, incarceration and inequality

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Anne Holton

Lawyer and judge who served as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014 to 2016

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Aiyana K. Thomas

Student at Baltimore City College High School

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Kate Walsh

President of the National Council on Teacher Quality

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Catherine Brown

Vice President of Education Policy at American Progress

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Lee-Ann Stephens

(Minnesota, 2006) a racial equity and instructional coach, and a board member for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

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Melissa Collins

A 2nd grade teacher, STEM advocate, and NEA Foundation Senior Fellow

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Sean McComb

(National Teacher of the Year, Maryland, 2014) a high school English and AVID teacher, a Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education in 2016

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Michael Miller

(Pennsylvania, 2013, Finalist) an art teacher, the developer of the Public Art Workshop

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Richard Ognibene

(New York, 2008) A National Hall of Fame awardee, high school science teacher

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Vicki Davis

Writer for the Cool Cat Teacher blog for over 10 years and an Edublog award finalist for Best Teacher Blog for the last nine

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Jennifer Tobin

A high school English teacher and an advocate for mindfulness and mindful practices

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Jeff Baxter

(Kansas, 2014) An NEA Global Learning Fellow, AP literature teacher

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Jessica Roberts

A 2nd grade teacher, facilitator, administrator, and teacher leader

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Katie Biggs

Awardee of the DoDEA Korea District Teacher of the Year, a kindergarten teacher, mentor, facilitator, and teacher leader

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Ryan Wallace

A high school English Language Arts teacher, facilitator of professional learning modules

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Ann Neary

a high school literature teacher, teacher consultant, MET project participant, and a TeachStrong Ambassador

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Beth Maloney

(Arizona, 2014) a doctoral student and blogger, teach of 17 years, and a Lead Teacher Champion Fellow

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John-David Bowman

(Arizona, 2015) a high school history and political thought teacher

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Tara Dale

(Arizona, 2014, Finalist) a middle and high school science teacher

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Kristie Martorelli

(Arizona, 2012) an elementary school teacher, and a member of the Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Committee

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Cindy Ollendyke

(Pennsylvania, 2006, Finalist) a middle school science teacher, advocate with TEACH to Lead and ECET2 grant programs

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Mairi Cooper

(Pennsylvania, 2015) a high school orchestra director and chair of the music department

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Anthony Angelini

A middle school language arts and social studies teacher and the recipient of the Milken Educator Award in 2015

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Janet Miltenberger

(Pennsylvania, 2013, Finalist) an elementary reading specialist, and the Professional Development Chair on the Board of NSTOY-PA

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Michael Soskil

(Pennsylvania, 2017) an elementary science teacher, 2016 Global Teacher Prize finalist, a recipient of the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

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Rebecca Snyder

(Pennsylvania, 2009) a high school English Language Arts teacher, and the Past President of NNSTOY

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Doreen Petri

A high school and college science teacher, creator of BELONG, and the recipient of the National Environmental Education Award 2012

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Ellen Sherratt

A senior researcher at American Institutes for Research focusing on teacher leadership, retention, and compensation

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Catherine Caine

(National Finalist, Hawaii, 2015) a Habits of Mind Teacher consultant, a member of the ESSA Task Force

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Amy Perruso

A high school AP social studies teacher, the HSTA Secretary-Treasurer, and a member of the ESSA Task Force

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Melody Arabo

(Michigan, 2015) a 3rd grade teacher, and a 2016 Teaching Ambassador Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education

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Anna Baldwin

(Montana, 2014) a high school English and history teacher, 2016 Teaching Ambassador Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education

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Patrick Kelly

(South Carolina, 2014, Finalist) a high school AP government teacher, and a Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow

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Catherine Jacques

Researcher at American Institutes for Research focusing on systems and supports for educator development and college and career-readiness.

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Celine Coggins

Founder of Teach Plus and an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard University

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Josh Parker

(Maryland, 2012) an Instructional Coach, and a 2013 Pearson Global Fellow

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Katy Smith

(Minnesota, 2011) a Global Learning Fellow with the National Education Association Foundation

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Gay Fitzgibbons-Barnes

(Alabama, 2012) National Teacher of the Year Finalist, and an Assistant Professor of Education

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Luisa Palomo-Hare

(Nebraska, 2012) Kindergarten teacher, recipient of the Buffett Outstanding Teaching Award

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Kaitlin Pennington

Senior analyst with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Thought Leadership practice area

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Allison Crean Davis

Senior adviser to Bellwether Education Partners, Co-Founder of New Legacy Partnerships LLC

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Amanda McAdams

(Arizona, 2011) Assistant Superintendent for Lincoln County School Disctrict #2 in Wyoming

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Rebecca Wattleworth

(Illinois, 2012, Finalist) high school science and math teacher, Co-chairperson of the Advance Illinois Educator Advisory Committee, and was a Hope Street Fellow

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Jennifer Smith

(Illinois, 2015, finalist) PBS Digital Innovator, VOYA Unsung Hero, and a NOAA Climate Steward

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Jacob Carlson

(Illinois, 2015, finalist) secondary English teacher and instructional coach, 2016 Finalist for the Agents for Learning competition

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Liam Goldrick

Director of Policy at New Teacher Center

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Sharif El-Mekki

Principal at Mastery Charter School-Shoemaker Campus, 2014-16 Principal Ambassador for Secretary Duncan

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Michelle Zimmerman

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Surface Expert, 2016 Lead PBS Digital Media Innovator, 2016 NCCE Outstanding Technology Educator of the Year

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Koen Timmers

2017 Global Teacher Prize finalist

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State Leads

How to Make an Appointment with a Member of Congress

Letter Template

Sample letter to request a meeting with Congress

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Video: Making an Appointment

This brief video explains how to make an appointment with a Member of Congress

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Making an Appointment

This is a follow-up at-a-glance document that references the "Making an Appointment" video

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