TNTP has announced its annual list of teachers slathered in awesome sauce. I noticed MTR coach Brett Pangburn, a star English teacher at Excel Academy, and MTR alum Ben Simon, a math teacher at Brownsville Collegiate, as a semi-finalist and honor roller, respectively. Eeez niiice. Congrats to all involved.
Launched in 2012, the $25,000 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice is an annual award for exceptionally effective teachers working in high-poverty public schools. No more than five teachers are awarded the prize each year. The prize is named for Shira Fishman, a TNTP-trained math teacher currently teaching at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC.
In addition to receiving $25,000 each, Fishman Prize winners participate in an intensive summer residency during which they reflect on their classroom practice, explore the larger issues that shape their profession, and write a short paper on the elements of effective teaching. The residency allows the winners to share their expertise with educators across the country without taking time away from the classrooms where they do their best work.
It's May. You survive June, then collapse in a heap, then do some readings in mid-July to get ideas for the coming school year. Remember, TNTP has a bunch of writings on teacher talent. They're here.