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April 29, 2019

Trump Did Attend Teacher of the Year Ceremony, But Two Honorees Boycotted

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

President Trump Won't Meet With National Teacher of the Year at the White House

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

We Must Restore Respect to the Teaching Profession, Nation's Top Teachers Say

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

These Are the Four Top Teachers in America

Educators from Oklahoma, Washington, D.C., Alaska, and Virginia were named 2019 National Teacher of the Year finalists.

November 28, 2018

Jahana Hayes on Her Path From Classroom to Congress (Video)

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

National Teacher of the Year—a 'Hero' of Bill Gates—Calls on Teachers to Be Activists

"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.

July 17, 2018

National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes Is Running for Congress

"Teachers are nation-builders," said Hayes, a former history teacher in Waterbury, Conn., who is running as a Democrat for an open seat in Connecticut's fifth congressional district.

May 02, 2018

'There Is No More Important Job': Trump Meets With Nation's Top Teachers

President Donald Trump hosted a reception for the teachers of the year in the White House on Wednesday, telling them that they play a "vital role" in the success of the nation.

May 01, 2018

Top Teachers Voice Concerns in Roundtable With Betsy DeVos

More than 50 teachers named as the 2018 teachers of the year in their states sat down for a roundtable discussion with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, which included some "verbal sparring."

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