Best Should Teach ceremony on May 2 to honor outstanding educators

Join us in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballrooms on May 2, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. MT for the Best Should Teach Lecture and Awards Ceremony followed by Keynote Kevin GannonDirector of the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence and Professor of History, Queens University of Charlotte

Kevin Gannon's talk, Is It Time to Change Your Mind?, will cover how might we (re)connect with our agency, and use it to anchor our practices in an ethic of hope. The late Gil Scott-Heron once remarked “the first revolution is when you change your mind,” highlighting the power of individual agency to spark change. As teachers, though, in the difficult times in which we find ourselves, it may not seem like we have a lot of agency. Yet we do, and it remains a largely-untapped source of power. This talk will suggest specific places to start, and offer strategies to identify and critique the assumptions we bring to our teaching. In a time of “student learning loss” and the ascendance of a rabid anti-education movement, hope seems more elusive than ever—but that just underscores its importance. What things do we need to “change our mind” about in order to cultivate it within ourselves and one another? 

Free and open to the public, the event, co-hosted by the Center for Teaching and LearningSchool of Education, and College of Arts and Sciences, will honor CU Boulder faculty members, K-12 teachers from the School of Education’s partner school districts and Lead Graduate Teachers in the CTL's Graduate Teacher Program with Best Should Teach Gold and Silver Awards.

Gold Awardees:

Nabilah Carlon, Chemistry
Alex Dietrich, Lockheed Martin Engineering Management Program
Deena Gumina, School of Education
Eyal Rivlin, Hebrew Language
Annjeanette Wiese, Humanities

Lori Hattendorf, Boulder Valley School District
Karen Mancusi, St. Vrain School District
Vickie Salazar, Adams 12 Five Star Schools

The Best Should Teach awardees were selected for their embodiment of the beliefs, behaviors, and skills of exemplary teachers. The late, lifelong educator Lindley Stiles and his wife Marguerite Stiles established the Best Should Teach Initiative in 1996 to celebrate excellence in teaching, and Stiles’ inspiring motto is inscribed on the Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Building:

“To those who come, I leave the flame! Hold it as high as you can reach. If a better world is your aim, all must agree: The Best Should Teach.”

Thursday, May 2 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm

University Memorial Center (UMC), Glenn Miller Ballrooms
1669 Euclid Avenue, Boulder, CO 80309