Sunnyvale, CA (February 1, 2018) –– Google “teacher,” and you learn that a teacher is “a person who helps others to acquire knowledge, competences or values.” This will bring on a whole new meaning this week when some of the best teachers from across the country descend on Google’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.
Each year, through the National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) Program, CCSSO establishes a cohort of Teachers of the Year from every state and territory. This annual Induction Meeting marks the first time the 2018 State Teachers of the Year will meet as a cohort and begin their program year together focused on developing their skills and knowledge as teacher leaders.
CCSSO’s NTOY Program has partnered this year with Google for Education to host the event, during which, the teachers will engage with leaders from Google, NTOY Program partners, and other thought leaders to discuss their individual leadership and the future of education. The meeting will also provide the group with professional development sessions, school visits, and training opportunities.
Coming out of the Induction Meeting, the 2018 class will gain a better understanding of education policy and history, expand their learning network and pedagogical skills, be able to develop their “story” to share with a broader audience, and understand what it means to be a State Teacher of the Year and the role of CCSSO in their journey.
“Each year the NTOY Program brings together the best teachers across the country, and helps them increase their impact in their classrooms and their communities,” said CCSSO Interim Executive Director Carissa Miller. “We are thankful to partners like Google for Education who support CCSSO and the NTOY Program to help these teachers impact the lives of students across the nation.”
The Induction Meeting is one of five face-to-face opportunities the 2018 State Teachers of the Year will have throughout their program year, and the first time it has been hosted on Google’s campus.
Google is committed to supporting students, partnering with teachers, building products and making impactful investments that break down barriers to learning and help more people—especially those in underserved communities—benefit from the promise of technology, in the classroom and beyond.
"We're thrilled to host the National Teacher of the Year program on our campus, and are grateful for the opportunity to listen to - and learn from - teachers from across the country," said Miriam Schneider, a Google spokesperson. "Their hard work inspires us, and their input is invaluable in shaping what we do."
Each year since 1952, the NTOY Program brings together State Teachers of the Year from all 50 states, D.C., the Department of Defense Education Activities, and the U.S. territories to participate in one-of-a-kind professional learning opportunities designed to hone communications skills, expand knowledge of education policy, and grow teaching and learning practices. The goal of this programming is to elevate the voices of teachers and ensure that teachers are leaders in state and national policy conversations.
Learn more at http://www.ccsso.org/national-teacher-of-the-year or follow along on social media at #NTOY18.
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.
About Google for Education
Google is committed to directing our resources — our products, programs, philanthropy and people — toward making education accessible for everyone. Technology alone won’t improve education, but we believe it can be a powerful part of the solution, and we want to help ensure that all teachers and students are able to benefit from it. So we’ll continue working toward a future where every student has access to the skills they’ll need and the quality education they deserve. For more information about our work in education, visit edu.google.com and follow along on Twitter at @GoogleForEdu.
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