Winners participate in a thought-provoking summer residency with their peers, reflecting and writing about the issues facing their profession.
The residency treats great teachers like VIPs, giving them space to reflect on their teaching and ensuring their voices are heard.
The summer residency was the opportunity of a lifetime. I got to reflect on my own teaching practice, learn countless strategies from amazing educators and recognize the importance of the teacher voice.– Shira Fishman Printup
Collaboration takes on a whole new meaning. You communicate constantly with teachers and educational leaders who encourage you to speak up about your educational beliefs and values.– Laura Strait, 2014 winner
When the summer was over, I had a new-found appreciation for policymakers, economists, journalists and philanthropists who do incredible work in favor of a better educational system."– Steven Sanders, 2014 winner
The residency usually begins in late June or early July. Each day is packed with engaging activities that push participants to reflect on their profession and the craft of teaching.
- Trip: Kick off the residency with a 3-day trip to a major U.S. city
- Discuss and select topic ideas for the Fishman Prize essays
- Draft the Fishman Prize essays
- Participate in a collaborative project with TNTP staff
- Give an interview for the TNTP blog
- Trip: Join the other winners and TNTP staff to workshop essays
- Engage in meetings and conversations with leading figures working on education issues
- Receive feedback on the Fishman Prize essays
- Participate in a second TNTP project
- Finalize Fishman Prize essays
- Meet in Washington, D.C., to close out the residency and meet with national education leaders
Winners capture in writing some essential elements of their practice, creating a window into how they run their classrooms every day.
Select a Topic
Winners meet in person to discuss potential topics for their essays.
Draft the Essay
TNTP provides guidance and support throughout the writing process.
TNTP publishes the winners’ essays as part of the Fishman Prize series on Superlative Classroom Practice.