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TNTP Re-imagine Teaching

About the Residency

Winners participate in a thought-provoking summer residency with their peers, reflecting, writing, and sharing their voice. 

The Experience

The residency gives great teachers a platform to speak out about teaching and learning and the space to reflect on and share ideas about content and instruction.

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 Schedule

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. 

Week 1

  • 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

Week 2

  • Draft the Fishman Prize essays
  • Meet with TNTP staff and learn about their work
  • Give an interview for the TNTP blog

Week 3

  • Trip: Join the other winners and TNTP staff to workshop essays
  • Engage in meetings and conversations with leading figures working on education issues

Week 4

  • Receive feedback on the Fishman Prize essays
  • Participate in a second TNTP project

Week 5

  • Finalize Fishman Prize essays
  • Meet in Washington, D.C., to close out the residency and meet with national education leaders

The Essays

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 throughout the writing process with the support of a writing coach.


TNTP publishes the winners’ essays as part of the Fishman Prize series on Superlative Classroom Practice.