We're out to change how the public views STEM teaching, one story at a time.

If I had an answer to what it’s important to teach students, it’s this: You are more than the labels and designations society gives you, more than circumstances that you’re born into. Dream. Strive. Walk on the hot coals of your own intellect.
— Sydney Bergman, 2016

 

Why essays by teachers? 

Teachers see a cross-section of America.  After all, pretty much everybody goes to school.  And educators count among our ranks some of the most dedicated and professional servants to the public good.  We hope to shine a spotlight on the incredible things teachers learn about their students, schooling, and themselves as they work to make the world a better place.

Why STEM teachers in particular?  

Both scientific literacy and STEM expertise are more necessary than ever for our graduating high-schoolers. But STEM teachers’ disciplines are often (unfairly!) characterized as difficult or boring, and we’re not known for prioritizing writing as a “way of knowing.”  We’re out to change that.

How can I write?  

Each fall, members of our community vote on a topic. Once the topic’s been selected, we accept essays through January 1st, then release them throughout the next few months.  To be published on our website, you need to have taught STEM in high school (that’s ages 14 and up, whether you’re in the U.S. or elsewhere) at some point in the last three years.  See here for more information.

We’ve gotten a fair bit of press in our first two years.  

Several of our essays have been published on the Washington Post’s education blog, and one participant’s essay led to an interview on NPR’s Science Friday.

Maybe you should write with us! 

See here for how to get started or contact us.