Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

The Importance of Agricultural Education and the FFA

By Jaclyn Ryan, 2015 Virginia Teacher of the Year

When people hear that I teach Agricultural Education and serve as a Future Farmers of America (FFA) Advisor, I am asked to explain what I teach because they haven’t heard of the curriculum or they have a stereotypical image of what I do. Agricultural Education should be in every school, but it...

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Teaching the Teacher: Lessons Learned from Trusted Colleagues

By Karen E. Vogelsang, 2015 Tennessee State Teacher of the Year

You have heard it before: “Teaching—the one profession that makes all professions possible.” Teaching is an incredible adventure, and I can assure you it is not for the faint of heart. It’s a demanding but rewarding career that takes you on all sorts of twists and turns. Teaching is like being...

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The Role of Advocacy in Public Education

By Lori Michalec, 2015 Ohio State Teacher of the Year

As the 2014-15 school year ended, I found myself engaging in the practice of intentional reflection. Like most practitioners, I am always eager to assess where my successes and shortcomings have occurred as they affect the quality of my students’ instruction. Yet, this year, I find that I am not...

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The Importance of Music Education

By Debra S. Minyard, 2015 New Mexico State Teacher of the Year

When I first started teaching in 1998, I believed fervently that music education was as vital to each student's development as math, reading, science, English and history were, and I stand by that even more today. The constant drumbeat of "high-stakes testing, Common Core State Standards and...

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“Six-Figure” Teachers

By Ian Salzman, 2015 Nevada Teacher of the Year

Prior to entering education almost 10 years ago, I worked my way up the corporate ladder in Fortune 500 staffing and technology companies. As a mid-level manager, I interviewed hundreds of candidates to work in various jobs, from front-desk receptionists and salespeople to regional directors. It...

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