WHO'S WHO AMONG AMERICA'S TEACHERS is NOT a valid award? True or not?

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  1. miatorres

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    There is a publication called WHO'S WHO AMONG AMERICA'S TEACHERS, which is published by the same publisher as WHO'S WHO AMONG AMERICA'S HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS and THE NATIONAL DEAN'S LIST.

    To be included in the teacher's publication, you must be nominated by a high school or college student who is in the top 10% of his or her class.

    There is no cost to be included in this publication, but those teachers have the option to purchase memorabilia from this company, such as coffee mugs.

    What some teachers are telling me is, "This award is a pile of s***t."

    Is that true? Again, there is no cost to purchase anything from this award catalog.
     
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  3. Yank7

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    I have been nominated three years in a row for this so called honor. The first year I was all excited and ordered the book and a plaque. However what is the odds of constatly being nominated and they refuse to reveal the student who Nominated you.Last year I clicked on to the web sight and it revealed five other teachers who were nominated from my school. Two of them I wouldn't nominate for anything having to do with teaching The last two years I filled out the Profile,but did not order anything.I hate to bust your bubble,but I don't put much faith in this nomination.
     
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    As far as I know, submitting your name to it will put you in a book and you can say "Hey, I was a Who's Who teacher of the year" and a kid really does have to nominate you and that feels good.

    However, this "foundation" or whatever they call themselves is really a business. They are more interested in selling their books, mugs, pins, etc, and turning a profit. It wouldnt hurt to submit your name, but just don't fall into the trap and buy their stuff.
     
  5. Beth2004

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    Be prepared for this to become a heated thread. It has come up many times before and always becomes a very heated debate. Many people who have been nominated are very upset to be told that other people don't think it's legit.

    Here's my experience: I got the letter about being nominated before I had even taught and I've gotten a letter every year since. Take from that what you want... :rolleyes:
     
  6. SoReady2Teach

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    I got a letter saying that I was nominated for the National Deans List this past Spring semester. I did have the option to buy a copy of the publication for 60 bucks. It did seem very easy to be accepted;all I had to do was just basically tell them that yes I accept the nomination.
     
  7. czacza

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    People's dogs have gotten the nomination.

    If it makes you feel better, go for it. It's just not as prestigious as they make it out to be....
     
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    You may very well be a magnificent teacher. But this nomination has nothing to do with that.

    It's a ploy. They put your name into the book. Then, of course, you BUY the book so you can show people that your name is in it.

    Go for it if you want, but think twice about investing any money in that huge book. And don't include it on your resume... it looks as though you don't have anything solid to include.
     
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    I too was nominated before actually teaching. Sorry. :(
     
  11. Master Pre-K

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    I am in a terrible mood...and I must vent to keep my sanity...

    I did not get paid...but that is another thread..
    I think that since Denver decided to pay teachers on the basis of high test scores 'or else' and Chicago will soon give out toys, cash and cars as incentives to kids, parents and teachers... who can honestly say we are actually expected to do any 'teaching' these days!?

    we are just prompting kids to pass tests!

    and I would have to agree that whole Who's who program is a lot of propaganda.
     
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    ditto Alice...

    my daughter got the same info every year from college...

    I know her college grades were not anywhere close to her high school grades.

    When I got the mailing in high school, I was impressed and thrilled. But didn't buy into it!

    I am so broke now...I can't pay attention!

    sigh!
     
  13. Mamacita

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    Not again! SCAM! It's a SCAM! They just want your money!
     
  14. teacherkasey

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    I get one of these things faxed to me each week for Who's Who Among Childcare Directors. I've gotten one since the first week I have been at my center. And I used to get them all the time when I taught. Big waste of money if you ask me.
     
  15. Master Pre-K

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    ah..Mamacita...I am mucho mucho enjado... (sp?)

    yo tengo no dineros!

    me trabajador y no pay!

    I have no money!

    what is up with this???

    I am just hijacking everyone's thread..

    sorry...I am just sick to my stomach

    took off today...
    don't know what to do next

    ok...yeah..back to subject...

    that is a rip off, I think it all the same company...banking on our emotions of doing our best, and earning the grade..like the who's who among high school students. .. just to get some fake enclyopedia britannica covered album with your picture in it..

    that is, btw, why encyclopedia britannica lost money...nobody needed those old thick books anymore...we got the internet!

    nobody needs another photo album...espeically if you don't know anyone else in it! I must be the only person on earth without a digital camera!

    oh yeah, I didn't get paid..so I couldn't afford one now anyway! :(
     
  16. stephenpe

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    Its a lot like all those kiddie beauty pagents. Give them
    some money and you can be a star.
     
  17. La Profesora

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    Amen Mamacita!

    A warm fuzzy MARKETING SCAM based on some people's real dedication to the profession. What a bummer!
     
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    Yes- I would say it is a scam- I got it in High School and I have also been getting the teacher one every year since I have started college. It is a nice idea, but its not legit.
     
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    It's a real shame that in a profession where people work so hard with little recognition, a group is allowed to continue this scam and play with people's emotions. Isn't it about time they were closed down.Get the word out!
     
  20. John L. Hare

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    This thread is a bit embarrassing. If you don't read the material that came in the nomination packet, you could jump to the conclusion that it was some sort of scam. That wasn't the case at all. No purchase was required; it was necessary to return an information form focused entirely on academic and teaching career--in a self-addressed, stamped envelope that was provided. Because the students who could make nominations were a select group and each was allowed one nomination each, I took it as a great honor. A colleague of mine and I did an informal look around our building. The people who had received awards from the administration or peers were different from those who had been listed in Who's Who. It's a damn shame that it didn't last--perhaps because of people who didn't read the information and jumped to conclusions.
     
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    It was a scam in 2007 and would still be a scam today...just judging from the previous posts.
     
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    Too bad you never got nominated or never read the material. And apparently neither did the previous posters.
     
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    Interesting first post.
     
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    I get nominated just about every year. I sent in the form once but I didn't buy the book. If this is your thing, go for it. It's just not mine.
     
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    I was nominated for Who's Who in high school (no idea how that happened as I wasn't exactly a great student) a couple times and again as a teacher. I always filled out the profile information but enver bought anything. It just seemed to me if you had won such an amazing award you ought to be GIVEN the award plaque or book rather than having to pay for it yourself. After not purchasing anything the nominations magically stopped coming. I'm not saying it is or isn't legit, but it seems questionable to me. The folks at Who's Who always said I could look up my profile in books held by local libraries (public and private) yet I could never track down a copy anywhere. Hmm...
     
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    runsw/scissors, I remember that as a high school student, my school's counselors told us that to be nominated for "Who's Who", a student must be a junior or senior and achieve a 3.4 or higher GPA (and no grade can be lower than a "C").

    At my undergraduate university, only students who indeed made the Dean's Honor List during the current year could be nominated to be listed in "The Dean's List" publication. Thereafter, only the students who were recognized by "Who's Who" or "The Dean's List" could nominate a teacher for "Who's Who."

    I submitted my profile information each time that I received the nomination but never bought anything. However, I was able to review the Who's Who books because several university and public libraries in my area subscribed to them.
     
  27. Noelle G.

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    I was nominated four times for the Who's Who Among America's Teachers Award. Each year, the name of a former student was on the nomination. Fortunately, I was able to reconnect with and thank each student for all of the four nominations I received. It was an honor to be remembered in such a meaningful way by these students. However, it is shameful to hear the company had ill intentions, and were only out for the money. Honestly, after receiving these awards it reinforced in me how extremely important teaching is. I will be completing my 29th year and still going strong. Kudos to all people who try to make a positive difference in another human beings life. We are all teachers whether we are paid for it or not. Most people do not ever receive any awards for amazing things they do and say daily to touch others lives. Their rewards come instead by knowing they are being a descent and loving human by passing on their knowledge through actions and words.
     
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    I've always thought that such lists were reserved for the most outstanding and well-accomplished individuals or organizations in a given field. Does the number of nominations that one receives reflect such notable standing? Frankly, I never paid any attention to Who's Who due to its irrelevance, but can see how it may enhance one's vitae.
     

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