The National Teachers Initiative featured the work of teachers striving to increase the number of students who graduate prepared for college and careers.
National Teachers Initiative Stories
“I should have died at age 19.”
Special education teacher Ken Rensink tells his friend Laurel Hill-Ward how surviving a near-fatal car crash has influenced his teaching.
“As if high school is not hard enough...”
Twenty-three-year-old Tierra Jackson talks to John Horan, the president of her high school, about what her life was like when ...
“I worked harder than I have ever thought of working.”
Three stories about student mentors called "Chasers" who do whatever it takes to get their kids to class.
“I went home that first night, and I was like, 'What am I doing?'”
Tyrese Graham remembers his first day as a teacher at John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago, IL.
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About the National Teachers Initiative
This 18-month Initiative celebrated the work of public school teachers across the country.
By recording, sharing, and preserving these stories, we called attention to the invaluable contributions teachers have made to this nation, honored those who have embraced the profession as their calling, encouraged teaching as a career choice, and helped to unify the country behind its teachers.
National Teachers Initiative Stats
Minutes of Audio Recorded for the National Teachers Initiative.
Teachers, Mentors & Students Shared their Stories.
Miles Traveled to Record the Stories of Teachers & Students.
The Number of Interviews Recorded for this Initiative.
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