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Past Illinois Teachers of the Year on What the Award Meant

January 6, 2021

We look back at what some of the past Illinois Teachers of the Year have shared with us about the profound effect the title has on them and how they strive to do their best to honor it. ...

Topic: Member News, Teaching, Member News Spring '21 Issue

Forward-Collision Warning, Adaptive Headlights Show Promise

January 5, 2021

A recent study by the Highway Loss Data Institute analyzed a number of crash-avoidance technologies and ranked them based on how well they perform. ...

Topic: Auto, Safety

Why I Teach and What Motivated Me to Become a Teacher

December 29, 2020

Middle school teacher Mike Lerchenfeldt shares his thoughts on a highly rewarding and fulfilling profession. ...

Topic: Teaching

That Was Then, This Is Now: Changes to Teaching Keep Passion Growing

December 14, 2020

Michigan Regional Teacher of the Year Barb Huston reflects on how things have changed – and stayed the same in great ways – since she started teaching. ...

Topic: MTOY, Teaching

Tips for Building LGBTQ+ Inclusive Schools

December 7, 2020

Michigan Teacher of the Year Owen Bondono says every educator has a role to play in providing these students with a welcoming space to learn and grow. ...

Topic: MTOY, Teaching

Meeting the Social-Emotional Needs of Students & Teachers

November 17, 2020

Regional Teacher of the Year Shantel VanderGalien shares ideas and resources for showing students hope, gratitude and more in the "new normal." ...

Topic: MTOY, Teaching

It's Time to Rethink How to Teach Thanksgiving, Native Culture

November 10, 2020

Michigan Teacher of the Year Owen Bondono asked teachers to re-evaluate Thanksgiving lesson plans and celebrate Native American Heritage Day instead. ...

Topic: MTOY, Teaching

Protect Your Boat with Insurance and Winterization

November 5, 2020

Now that summer’s over and the weather is cooling down, ensure that you keep her primed and protected by properly preparing for fall and winter. ...

Topic: Home, Safety, Insurance

Take Care on Ladders When Doing Fall Chores

October 27, 2020

Before you pull out that ladder to clean out the gutters or trim trees, we would like to offer some tips to ensure your safety. ...

Topic: Safety

Educating Through the Storm

October 20, 2020

Regional Teacher of the Year David Bunn assures us that while we may not know what is coming next, we have to remind ourselves that this storm will end. ...

Topic: MTOY, Teaching

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