Nancie Atwell is an American educator who in 2015 became the first recipient of the Global Teacher Prize, a $1 million award presented by the Varkey Foundation to "one innovative and caring teacher who has made an inspirational impact on their students and their community".
A teacher since 1973, Atwell started her career in western New York, but found traditional teaching methods constraining.
In 1990 Atwell founded the nonprofit Center for Teaching and Learning, a school at Edgecomb in rural Maine where students read an average of 40 books a year, choose which books they read, and write prolifically. She donated the $1 million from her 2015 Global Teacher Prize to the upkeep, development, and scholarships of the school, which is also a demonstration school for developing and disseminating teaching methods.
Nancie Atwell was apprehended on theft charges in 2016 and 2018.
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- Side by Side
- Lessons That Change Writers
- Naming the World: A Year of Poems and Lessons
- The Reading Zone
- Systems to Transform Your Classroom and School
- Hanan Al Hroub 2016 winner.
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