The first preschool teacher to win the national award in its 68-year history teaches in a local retirement community and nursing home in Winfield, Kan.
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The four finalists for National Teacher of the Year say their fellow teachers are sharing their stories and their students' stories more than ever, and it's time for policymakers to listen.
January 16, 2020
The Council of Chief State Schools Officers announced the four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year.
April 29, 2019
Two award-winning teachers boycotted today's White House ceremony honoring the teachers of the year, saying that they wouldn't support an administration whose policies they feel have harmed their immigrant, refugee, and LGBTQ students.
April 26, 2019
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will instead present the award to 2019 Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson, according to the Council of Chief State School Officers.
April 24, 2019
Rodney Robinson, Who Teaches Civics to Students in Juvenile Detention, Wins 2019 National Teacher of the Year
Robinson said his students, who are all incarcerated, deserve as much of a chance to achieve as other teenagers. "They just made mistakes, and they're paying for mistakes. But America is a country of second chances."
February 25, 2019
The four nationally recognized educators also spoke with Education Week about attracting new talent to the profession and the importance of civics education.
January 23, 2019
Educators from Oklahoma, Washington, D.C., Alaska, and Virginia were named 2019 National Teacher of the Year finalists.
November 28, 2018
In an exclusive interview with Education Week, the nationally recognized teacher who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives discusses why she decided to run and her priorities as a new lawmaker.
August 22, 2018
"Local rules generally dictate what actually occurs in our classrooms, and in my experience, it's also where educators are most often left out," writes Mandy Manning.