Brett Bigham is the 2014 Oregon State Teacher of the Year and received an NEA National Award for Excellence in Education in 2015. He is an NEA Global Fellow for South Africa in 2018 and was a Fellow in 2015 where he travelled to Peru to work with teachers. He was given the NEA LGBTQ Caucus Teacher Role Model Award in 2015 and is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ youth and people with special needs of all ages.
Brett created a series of books called "Ability Guidebooks" that support people with autism getting out into the world. The books began as supports in his own classroom but have since grown to over 45 books in 11 countries and four languages.
Brett is also the co-editor of the NNSTOY Social Justice Booklist. This online tool provides teachers and parents a free guide to books that Teachers of the Year and Finalists for Teacher of the Year use in their classrooms to teach all areas of social justice.
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We are a network of State Teachers of the Year and Finalists who use our teacher leadership to ensure that every student receives an outstanding education. We do this through our focus on practice, policy and advocacy.We Believe...
- Every student has a right to a high-quality education, regardless of background, race, gender, disability or socio-economic status.
- To achieve educational excellence for all students, we must transform and support the teaching profession.
- It is imperative that we involve our nation’s expert teachers in conversations about improving education.
- Teacher leaders will transform the teaching profession and create, implement and sustain systems to solve our toughest educational challenges.
- We must prepare our country’s future workforce to be competitive in a global economy and participate in a diverse, democratic country.
- Educators must partner with families and communities on behalf of our nation’s children.
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Join us Friday, March 2nd for our half-day symposium Elevating Responsive and Responsible Teaching. Together with exemplary local teacher leaders, including current and past Oregon State Teachers of the Year, we’ll explore ways to ensure that students are greeted by teachers and learning environments that nurture and engage their personal and cultural histories. Combining panel…
with Leigh VandenAkker
Leigh VadenAkker, 2012 Utah State Teacher of the Year, shares how she creates a classroom environment that develops students' social- and emotional-learning skills.
with Katy Smith
Katy Smith, 2011 Minnesota State Teacher of the Year, shares how she partners with parents to improve school climate and student outcomes.
with Brett Bigham
Brett Bigham, 2014 Oregon State Teacher of the Year, shares how he builds self-esteem and ensuring success through the creation of adapted art.
with Michael Lindblad
Michael Lindblad, 2015 Oregon State Teacher of the Year, shares how he inspires students through self-directed humanitarian projects.
Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12