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The 2015 Global Teacher Prize Winner

Nancie Atwell Accepting Global Teacher Prize

Nancie Atwell Accepting Global Teacher Prize

Teacher Nancie Atwell from the United States receiving her Global ‪#‎TeacherPrize‬ award from Sunny Varkey of the Varkey Foundation, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and President Bill Clinton.
#TeachPrize Finalists Together with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

#TeachPrize Finalists Together with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

The Global Teacher Prize Finalists and Winner Nancie Atwell share the stage with Sunny Varkey of the Varkey Foundation, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and President Bill Clinton.
Nancie's Name in Lights

Nancie's Name in Lights

Winner of the #TeacherPrize, Nancie Atwell, has her name in lights at the ceremony.
Kiran Congratulates Nancie

Kiran Congratulates Nancie

Finalists Kiran Bir Sethi congratulates Global Teacher Prize winner Nancie Atwell with a hug.
Finalists Receive Congratulations

Finalists Receive Congratulations

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, shakes hands with all the Global Teacher Prize finalists.
Nancie Atwell Celebrates with her Daughter

Nancie Atwell Celebrates with her Daughter

Nancie's daughter joins her on stage to celebrate with her.
Nancie's Touching Acceptance Speech

Nancie's Touching Acceptance Speech

Nancie Atwell recognizes the talent of all the finalists in her speech when accepting the Global Teacher Prize.
Nancie Atwell Accepting Global Teacher Prize

Nancie Atwell Accepting Global Teacher Prize

Teacher Nancie Atwell from the United States receiving her Global ‪#‎TeacherPrize‬ award from Sunny Varkey of the Varkey Foundation, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and President Bill Clinton.
Top 10 Finalists on Stage

Top 10 Finalists on Stage

The Global Teacher Prize Finalists all on stage awaiting the winner announcement.
President Bill Clinton Introduces the Finalist

President Bill Clinton Introduces the Finalist

Former US President Bill Clinton talks about the importance of teachers in the world today and introduces the Global Teacher Prize Finalists.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and President Bill Clinton

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and President Bill Clinton

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and President Bill Clinton conversing during #TeacherPrize ceremony.
Children's Choir Opens Global Teacher Prize Ceremony

Children's Choir Opens Global Teacher Prize Ceremony

The #TeacherPrize Ceremony opens with a moving and beautifully sung tribute to teachers everywhere.

Photos & Videos Ceremony Highlights

  • Nancie Atwell Accepting Global Teacher Prize
  • #TeachPrize Finalists Together with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
  • Nancie's Name in Lights
  • Kiran Congratulates Nancie
  • Finalists Receive Congratulations
  • Nancie Atwell Celebrates with her Daughter
  • Nancie's Touching Acceptance Speech
  • Nancie Atwell Accepting Global Teacher Prize
  • Top 10 Finalists on Stage
  • President Bill Clinton Introduces the Finalist
  • His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and President Bill Clinton
  • President Paul Kagame of Rwanda Gives Speech
  • Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy Gives Opening Statements
  • Children's Choir Opens Global Teacher Prize Ceremony
  • Global Teacher Prize Audience
Nancie Atwell

Nancie Atwell Winner

Center for Teaching and Learning, USA

2015 Winner

Nancie Atwell from the United States received her Global Teacher Prize‬ award from Sunny Varkey of the Varkey Foundation, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and President Bill Clinton, at the Global Education and Skills Forum in March 2015.‬‬

Biography

Nancie discovered a love of books as a child while in hospital with rheumatic fever. She teaches English as a writing-reading workshop, an innovation she first described in her book ‘In The Middle’ (the book’s first two editions sold half a million copies). Students choose the subjects they write about and the books they read. Because the structure of the class boosts their capacity and stamina, each year her students are able to read on average forty books representing fourteen genres. At the same time they accomplish an average of twenty-one pieces of writing across thirteen genres. Due to her encouragement and support, many of her students have become published authors.

I’m convinced that teaching language arts is one of the great careers: demanding of time and energy, but meaning-filled, worthwhile, and interesting. I get to demonstrate what is possible, teach what is useful, establish conditions that invite engagement, support the hard work of literary reading and writing, and enjoy the kinds of relationships with adolescents that drew me to education in the first place.

In 1990, Nancie founded the Center for Teaching and Learning, a K-8 non-profit demonstration school created for the purpose of developing and disseminating methods. The school actively seeks children from underprivileged families to serve a student body that represents a diversity of socioeconomic backgrounds and ability levels. 97% of its graduates have matriculated to university.

Nancie Atwell - Global Teacher Prize Acceptance Speech

Nancie Atwell's Story - Global Teacher Prize