Essays from TNTP’s 2016 Fishman Prize Winners

TNTPThe Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice recognizes 100 inspiring public school teachers each year, and celebrates four winners who are making a profound difference for their students and schools. Winners participate in a thought-provoking summer residency with their peers, reflecting and writing about the issues facing their profession—and how they’re tackling them in their classrooms. Each winner also receives a $25,000 award.

In Lift Every Voice: Teachers on Harnessing the Power of Students, Parents, and Communities in the Classroom, the 2016 winners reflect on the relationships they build with students, families, and communities—and how those relationships inform what and how they teach. From New York City to rural Louisiana, these teachers are united by their belief that strong relationships produce stronger results in the classroom.

Essays include:

Pushing Students from Learning to Leading – Erica Stewart, 4th grade math

Using Student Voice to Transform the Classroom – Evelyn Rebollar, high school English

The Making of a Classroom Community – Heather Howle, 8th grade STEM

Cultural Relevance in a Contemporary Classroom – Matthew Patterson, 12th grade English

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