The Teacher’s Voice was founded as an experimental nonprofit hardcopy magazine on December 23, 2004. In 2007, during its first lifesaving reorganization, plans for 501(c) status and an online bookstore were tabled, and TTV went from a priced print magazine to available gratis online. It remains the joint effort of visiting educators, graduate students, contributors, and other volunteers; and it has been funded solely by the editor most years. For anyone interested in offering financial support (cash donations not accepted), please visit the newly opened bookstore.
From the editor: Clearly, The Teacher's Voice has an agenda. While TTV accepts a wide range of work, given pressing national and global events there is a sense of urgency when it comes to understanding public education, especially in low-income and working class communities. It is undeniable that negligently overcrowded schools with micromanaged teachers do not allow for unhurried healthy conversations that foster a natural love for learning and wholesome human development; teacher expertise and creativity are being replaced by mandated curriculums and prepping for standardized tests; teachers are under extreme pressure to deny their reality and fear speaking out; the abuse of teachers by many administrators is very real; teacher unions are being scapegoated and continue to lose ground; and an alarming number of highly regarded novice and veteran teachers quit every year. After eight years of receiving feedback from actively engaged educators, it is safe to say that government policies that neglect then dismantle neighborhood public schools to serve misguided political, private, and corporate interests are not the answer. Parents, students, and teachers have the right answers, especially when given all the facts and actual decision making power. The two theme issues currently in the works should address some of these concerns; who knows what direction TTV will take after their completion.
To get a better understanding of the issues, the magazine, and this project's overall intentions, explore the site. Please keep in mind that strong well-crafted submissions that call out and challenge any bias expressed by TTV are highy valued. Whatever your orientation, your most fearless and best writing is needed now more than ever. Please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns. Help occupy and shape this work in progress.
Readers should note that because we produce theme issues that require enough relevant pieces to be compiled, our publishing schedule and format may vary from year to year.
Volume III Number II
Note: Chapbook Contests Are Suspended Until Further Notice
SECOND PLACE: What Happens Here by Kenneth Chamlee
THIRD PLACE: Avatar by E.R. Carlin
2006 Chapbook Contest
by Mary Beth O'Connor
Final Judge: Sapphire Books
2nd Printing Release: April 2010
SECOND PLACE: Mentoring Heidi by Patricia Lawson
THIRD PLACE: Untitled Manuscript by Karen Waggoner
HONORABLE MENTION: Friday Afternoon by Ken Pobo, Reverence by Richard Holinger,
Tales Out of School and In by Robert Castle
New/Emerging Poets Contest
Vol. 2 #3
FIRST PLACE WINNER
Odysessus in Hades: A Classroom Voyage
by John W. Pardee
SECOND PLACE WINNER
by Shahe Mankerian
THIRD PLACE WINNER
Bilingual Children, Niños Bilingües
by Angélia Salerno
I Won't Teach You Less by Danielle Kelly
Grendel's Mommy by Lawrence James Nielsen
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