Meet the Fishman Winners!
Four phenomenal teachers take this year's prize.
In addition to receiving $25,000, Fishman Prize winners participate in a one-of-a-kind, 4-6 week summer residency, during which they collaborate on a collection of essays about their teaching strategies, meet with luminaries throughout the education world, and explore the larger issues that shape their profession. Even more than the monetary award, the residency symbolizes what the Fishman Prize is all about: treating great teachers like VIPs, giving them time and space to reflect on their teaching, and ensuring their voices are heard.
The residency typically begins in late June or early July and ends in early August, so that Fishman Prize winners are away from their classrooms as little as possible. Although the residency is designed to allow the winners to collaborate virtually from their homes on most days, it is an intensive, full-time commitment that includes several multi-day trips. In 2014, the winners spent time in New York, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.
The residency provides a platform for the nation’s finest teachers to engage with one another deeply over a short period of time without removing them from the classrooms where they do their most important work. As part of this experience, TNTP challenges the winners to capture in writing some essential elements of their practice and create a window into how they run their classrooms every day. TNTP provides guidance and support throughout this process and publishes the winners’ essays as part of the Fishman Prize Series on Superlative Classroom Practice.
At the close of the summer residency, Fishman Prize winners join an elite network of alumni who continually reflect on their work and the teaching profession, and take action to make the change they want to see.
Each day of the summer residency is packed with engaging activities that push participants to reflect on their profession and the craft of teaching. Read about one winner's experience, and check out a sample schedule below.
Weeks 4 and 5
Over the years, past Fishman Prize winners have met with a long list of top educators, writers, researchers and policymakers, broadening their understanding of current issues in school reform. This list includes national leaders like Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin; influential figures in education like Doug Lemov and David Coleman; journalists for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine; leaders in education research and policy; and other award-winning educators.