Does it make me a bad person that I find the annual Golden Apple teacher award process overdone, and the media's lapdog response to it troubling? Probably. But it seems like a canned, hermetically sealed photo op.
U. of C. Lab teacher wins Golden Apple Sun Times
minute, Christina Hayward's kindergarten students were quietly
clustered around her as she prepared to read them one of Aesop's
Top teachers receive Golden Apple Award ABC7Chicago.com, USA
Moyer's motto is meeting the needs of each student. Her students may not be able to see her but they can feel ...
Dedication to students earns area teachers Golden Apple Awards Chicago Tribune
line of school officials, media and supporters snaked down the hallway
at the West Town school Tuesday morning to surprise Moyer.
Third-grade teacher Maria Hernandez of Irma
Ruiz School in Chicago was in class Tuesday when she found out she won.
Special Education teacher Gloria Moyer of Otis Elementary School in
West Town is presented a 2009 Golden Apple Award by Chicago Public
Schools CEO Ron Huberman today.
I might feel differently if there were stories about what happened to past Golden Apple winners - are they still teaching, what did they learn from the experience? -- or if the GA teachers got together and did something interesting. A few years ago, for example, the state teachers of the year got sick of just being show ponies for the US Department of Education and started lobbying Congress on NCLB.
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