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Archive for August, 2008

A few weeks ago I stumbled onto this video:

The piece speaks for itself, but it has to be one of the more uplifting things I’ve seen in a long time. It’s hard to look at the clip and not feel that somehow, some way, we’ll eventually get things right. I also think there are a [...]

For my first post I thought I’d start with my comments from the Teacher of the Year press conference:
I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition. I know that my path to this podium is a unique one. But perhaps that will bring focus, in a good way, to the fact that there truly [...]

Every year, Education Minnesota invites present and past Minnesota Teachers of the Year to spend some time at the Education Minnesota booth at the Minnesota State Fair. This coming Tuesday, August 26, is this year’s Teacher of the Year Day at the fair. Derek Olson will be at the booth after 4:30PM. I will be [...]

Mike Geisen, the 2008 National Teacher of the Year, has started blogging about his adventures this school year. As National Teacher of the Year, Mike leaves the classroom for one school year to travel the world and speak about education. He will serve in this role through May of 2009. In addition to his sharp [...]

Congratulations to Derek Olson for being named our new 2008 Minnesota Teacher of the Year! Derek received the award in the wake of Carleen Gulstad’s resignation for personal reasons in June of this year. Derek will make an excellent Teacher of the Year, and is incredibly deserving of the honor. He is a highly respected [...]