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TNTP Re-imagine Teaching

I Choose to Teach

2013 Fishman Prize winner Jennifer Corroy considers how the language we use to describe teaching affects students’ perceptions of the profession, and encourages fellow teachers to refine their words and share their voices. 

Jennifer Corroy Porras

Why Special Education is a Civil Right

An educator discusses why she considers advocating for the rights of students with disabilities a crucial part of her job.

Ashley Cowger

Beating Bullying in My Classroom

To stop bullying and homophobia in his classroom, this educator teaches students to stand up for their classmates.

William Shelton

Why Media Literacy Education Matters in the Era of Fake News

A media literacy teacher shares advice on how to stay informed in the era of “fake news," and argues that media literacy must be valued and taught right alongside the traditional reading, writing, and listening standards.

Emily Bonilla

Pushing Students from Learning to Leading

By empowering students to lead their own parent conferences, a Fishman Prize winner builds conceptual understanding and stronger relationships within her school community.

Erica Stewart

Using Student Voice to Transform the Classroom

2016 Fishman Prize winner Evelyn Rebollar strikes a unique balance of community and rigor in her Bronx classroom, helping students succeed and grow emotionally.

Evelyn Rebollar

The Making of a Classroom Community

By ceding control of her classroom and giving students a voice, a Fishman Prize winning teacher built a community that pushes each other to achieve in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Heather Howle

How to Be More Than “Just a Teacher”

In addition to great instruction, students need support, love, and encouragement. Learning how to give them this isn’t always found in resources, books, or teacher development workshops.

Eric Hale

What’s In a Student Portfolio? Fishman Winners Weigh In On ESSA

Two Fishman Prize winners voice their opinions on ESSA rules that could allow states to use student portfolios, projects, and performance tasks in statewide testing of students.

Higher Standards Create a Sense of Possibility, Not “Failure”

Critics argue higher academic standards have failed, but what do the teachers and students who have experienced the standards have to say?

Chris Hayes

How I am Learning to Practice What I Preach

It's hard for experienced teachers to challenge themselves to learn more and continue improving their instruction, but doing so benefits both students and teachers.

David Gesualdi

I Was an Undocumented Student. Now I Teach Them.

As our nation reconciles with immigration reform, a former undocumented student and current teacher reminds us that our action (or inaction) will have dire consequences for hardworking students, teachers, and families.

Ramiro Flores Turrubiates

I’m Sorry, Terrance: Ending the Silence for My LGBTQ Students

It's time to consider how to better support all educators to address the unique and urgent needs of LGBTQ students in our schools.

Joe Baker

What I’ve Learned From Starting Over

This school year, a Fishman Prize winner made the jump to teaching high school after four years in middle school. We asked him about the change, and how he’s navigating it.

Zeke Phillips

Going to Cape Verde to Get to Know My Students

A Fishman Prize winner engaged a growing population of Cape Verdean students by using experiences they had in their home country to support their understanding of science.

Erin Dukeshire

The Student Who Taught Me How to Teach

One Fishman Prize winner learned an invaluable lesson from one of her first students: if you dig a little, you'll find that every student has something extraordinary inside of them.

Stephanie Sun

A Two Percent Cap on Testing Misses the Point

If we’re serious about fixing testing, we can’t start by focusing on a particular quota for how much time we’re allowed to spend on it.

Kelly Zunkiewicz

Come On, Teachers: Let’s Own Our Development

One Fishman Prize alumni challenges teachers to figure out their weaknesses and own their development in order to improve upon them.

Steven Sanders