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Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice
Going Deep: Empowering Students to Take Risks, Make Mistakes and Master Difficult Material

Great teaching inspires us. The Fishman Prize honors amazing teachers with $25,000 and the chance to share their knowledge with educators nationwide. See our 2014 winners, finalists and semi-finalists »

Fishman Prize

Launched in 2012, the $25,000 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice is an annual award for exceptionally effective teachers working in high-poverty public schools. No more than five teachers are awarded the prize each year. The prize is named for Shira Fishman, a TNTP-trained math teacher currently teaching at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC. 

In addition to receiving $25,000 each, Fishman Prize winners participate in an intensive summer residency during which they reflect on their classroom practice, explore the larger issues that shape their profession, and write a short paper on the elements of effective teaching. The residency allows the winners to share their expertise with educators across the country without taking time away from the classrooms where they do their best work.

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Going Deep: Empowering Students to Take Risks, Make Mistakes and Master Difficult MaterialRead Going Deep, essays by the 2013 winners.

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Meet the Winners

Our 2014 winners' commitment to teaching leads to high-achieving students and thriving classrooms.

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The Fishman Prize summer residency is a unique opportunity for the winners to reflect on their classroom practice with other excellent educators and leaders in the field. Learn more.

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