Jan 04, 2018
In a new podcast series, the 2017 State Teachers of the Year recall specific moments in the classroom that stand out—ones that provoke reflection or teach lessons or are a prominent reminder of their work’s importance. “Leading from the Classroom” is a storytelling effort coordinated by the nonprofit organization NWEA in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers, which runs the National Teacher of the Year program. The teachers hail from states across the country, including the District of Columbia, or work for the Department of Defense schools overseas. Now, 45 episodes will broadcast these teachers’ insights and stories with the aim to inspire other educators. The series is rolling out new episodes weekly through the end of January. Each story captures one teacher sharing his or her challenges, joys, and the moments that have crystallized the importance of teaching for him or her. Some focus on the larger policy implications of their work; others discuss more personal moments with students or share childhood stories.