Five outstanding teachers — the best of the best! The top prize winners in our call for submissions to share teacher views of the REAL problems with education.

There were so many outstanding entries to our call for submissions that selecting the three best was almost impossible.  Two of them stood out clearly, but a half-dozen others were excellent candidates for the final prize.  In the end, we wussed out! – we added two more $100 prizes that were not part of the original plan so that we could honor two additional teachers.  (So, how often do you hear of a contest that provides more prizes than promised!!)

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So here they are!  The best of the best.  These five, along with 19 others, will be embedded in the main chapters of the 2nd edition of Lifting the Curtain:  The disgrace we call urban high school education, currently being finalized for publication.  All 24 will be attributed in the book to these teachers, and will receive a dedicated copy of the book when published.   In addition, the top five will receive Amazon gift cards.

(To see all 24 teachers selected – please see this page: Honoring 24 teachers)

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Visions on Teaching Awards

1st place – Visions on Teaching Awards

Shannon Hernandez – Bullying by school administrators

Shannon Hernandez was a public school teacher for 15 years. She is now a college professor, consultant, and author of an outstanding book about teaching – Breaking the Silence: My Final Forty Days as a Public School Teacher. Shannon blogs passionately about student-centered public education reform at her website and at The Huffington Post, and calls herself (a title I love and plan to steal!) an “education activist.” You are strongly encouraged to visit her website at http://myfinal40days.com/

You can read the original post here:  A powerful story of the terrible impact on a teacher who is falsely charged with doing something “inappropriate” by her own principal.

2nd place – Visions on Teaching Awards

Jacqueline Goodwin – The destructive impact of forced promotions

Jacqueline Goodwin Jacqueline Goodwin is a NY State certified LOTE teacher. She left teaching in June 2013, after 10 years in a secondary school on Long Island to pursue a full-time career as a writer. She is currently attaining her MFA at SUNY Stony Brook.

You can read the original post here:  Forced promotions overriding the teacher – an action to protect the school at the expense of our children’s future, and our teacher’s belief in the system

3rd place (tie) – Visions on Teaching Awards

Anonymous – Burned-out teachers leaving the profession

Anonymous is an ex high school teacher from Colorado.  She specialized in career and technical education with courses in Health Care, Medical Sciences, and ELA.

You can read the original post here:  Burned out and disillusioned – Another potentially superb new teacher quits the profession after just 2 years trying to follow her heart and teach in an education system that prevents teaching

3rd place (tie) – Visions on Teaching Awards

Anonymous – how inclusion classes undermine readiness for college

Anonymous is a past high school English teacher in Illinois who now is a college professor.  She now teaches developmental English at a community college that serves minority students.

You can read the original post here:  High school “graduates” with reading skills unready for college – just another example of damage to a child’s future when teachers have to accept administrative forced promotion of failing students.

3rd place (tie) – Visions on Teaching Awards

Anonymous – Loss of Music and Arts courses

Anonymous provides a unique perspective on the real problems with education by looking at it through the eyes of her spouse, a high school music teacher from Florida

You can read the original post here:  Today’s music teacher – all the classroom stress, DoE mandates that prevent teaching, unsupportive administrators, and “feisty” parents – plus living with the constant threat of cancelling arts and music programs

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3 Responses to Five outstanding teachers — the best of the best! The top prize winners in our call for submissions to share teacher views of the REAL problems with education.

  1. Elle Knowles says:

    Reblogged this on knowleselle and commented:
    “So, how often do you hear of a contest that provides more prizes than promised!!” Oh Wow! I haven’t been “officially” notified yet, but this is such a great honor! It goes to show that everyone is hurt when education goes bad – even a spouse. Hopefully this book will shine a light on the subject! This makes my day! 🙂

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  3. Shannon says:

    Don,

    Thank you so much for featuring my voice in your book. We must stop the craziness in public schools, and one of the best way we can do that, is to highlight what is REALLY happening behind closed school doors. The more teachers who can speak up and speak from a place of love and truth, the better off this system will be. Thank you!

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