By Rick Joseph of The Detroit News
July 21, 2018
In the relentless swirl of public education policy, the voice belonging to the classroom teacher is one that must be heard. As those who enact policies that impact students in classrooms throughout Michigan, teachers know what works and what doesn’t. Teachers must be at the table.
The Michigan State Teacher of the Year (MI-STOY) Network, comprised of state Teachers of the Year and finalists for the award, seeks to influence education policy decisions at the federal, state and local levels. Michigan has recognized these educators — who serve as advocates for the profession by visiting schools throughout the state and serving on the State Board of Education — every year since 1952.
They strive to offer opinions not only informed by metrics, but by years of practical classroom experience. They also seek to motivate all educators to pursue opportunities to share the reality of their daily life in the classroom so they may inform decision-making at all levels.