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Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice

Each year, Fishman Prize winners write a collection of essays about the strategies they use to achieve extraordinary results in the classroom. Download the essays and companion resources below.


Fishman Prize Essays

Risk and Rigor: A Discussion Guide for Teachers and School Leaders (NEW!)

Offered as a complement to Going Deep, this one-page discussion guide helps teachers and school leaders talk about how the Common Core will change teaching and what “rigor” in the classroom really looks like.

Risk and Rigor: A Guide to Discussing How Common Core Will Change Teaching suggests questions for educators to consider, using the Going Deep essays as a starting point. 

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Going Deep: Empowering Students to Take Risks, Make Mistakes and Master Difficult Material (2013)

The second paper in the Fishman Prize Series, Going Deep, explores a common challenge: How can teachers encourage students to take the intellectual risks necessary to master rigorous academic content?

At a time when teachers nationwide are adapting to the new Common Core standards, it’s a crucial topic. In these essays, four incredible teachers reflect on their own journey to teaching more rigorous content—and reveal the creative ways they push their students to new heights.

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Unlocking Student Effort: How Five Irreplaceable Teachers Engage, Challenge and Inspire Students to Excellence (2012)

The first paper in the Fishman Prize Series, Unlocking Student Effort: How Five Irreplaceable Teachers Engage, Challenge and Inspire Students to Excellence, explores how effective teachers motivate and engage reluctant learners.

Individually, each essay provides a glimpse into an incredible classroom where students are achieving at high levels. Taken collectively, they offer a range of approaches and strategies that all teachers can use to help build and sustain student leadership of their own learning.

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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 2013 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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