Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2016 Classroom Teacher Ambassador Fellow
English and History Teacher, Arlee High School
Bio/Overview: Anna E. Baldwin is an English and history teacher at Arlee High School in Arlee, Montana, located on the Flathead Indian Reservation. She is also the course developer and teacher of Native American Studies for the Montana Digital Academy, the state’s online high school. For four years Baldwin was an adjunct assistant professor teaching pre-service English teachers at the University of Montana Missoula. Baldwin has distinguished herself through her teacher leadership, academic contributions to the profession, and her focus on the equity of her students. She is the author of a number of education-related articles and multi-media publications. Baldwin’s classroom has been the subject of several teaching videos, including an hour-long documentary produced by the Center for American Indian Policy and Applied Research. Her dissertation researched professional development providers who support teachers integrating Montana’s signature multicultural education initiative, Indian Education for All. She speaks frequently at education events and summits while using the internet as a platform to share her voice. At Arlee High School Baldwin has served as an instructional coach, college prep program instructor, freshman academy guide, and National Honor Society adviser. She is the founder and co-adviser of the Reservation Ambassadors club, which strives to break down stereotypes about reservation life by building relationships with students at off-reservation schools. She has also taught at Two Eagle River School, the tribal alternative school on the reservation where she lives.
Educational Values/Philosophy: Baldwin’s aim in every level of education in which she participates is to create strong citizens who will contribute positively in their own contexts. In her high school classes she acts on her belief in culturally relevant instruction by incorporating topics related to social justice, place-based learning, and multiculturalism. She also helps students create their own learning environments, inviting them to design projects and demonstrate content mastery and metacognition in creative ways. Working with pre-service teachers allows her to model teaching behaviors crucial to classroom success and to underscore the significance of teacher advocacy. Coaching in-service teachers provides the opportunity to share ideas and foster confidence. At all levels, responsiveness is the key: meeting students and colleagues where they are and nurturing them to rise to their potential.
Achievements: Baldwin has co-written a book for English teachers and published numerous articles, blog posts, and op-eds about indigenous education, the Common Core, and the impacts of education policy on Native American students. She has prepared a number of curricular materials and is a prolific speaker, presenting dozens of addresses, workshops, and podcasts over the past several years, including a talk at TEDxBozeman on the topic of teacher advocacy. Baldwin is the 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year. She is the recipient of the 2015 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. She has received the Distinguished Educator Award and the Arlee Schools Teacher of the Year from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for her work with reservation youth. She has also been honored with the Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching Award from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Distinguished Educator Award from the Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts. She has received numerous grants for various educational writing and research projects in Montana.
Leadership Experience: Beyond her academic publications and twenty years of teaching experience, Baldwin has served with a number of educational fellowships and teacher leadership organizations. Currently she is a P-12 policy analyst for the National Council of Teachers of English and a program evaluator for poets-in-residence under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has recently acted as a National Teacher Fellow with the Hope Street Group, collaborating with local and state leaders to address public policy challenges in teacher education. In 2015 she served as a Global Learning Fellow with the National Education Association Foundation, developing global-themed lesson plans for Peru learning expeditions. For two years she was a member of the Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board of the Southern Poverty Law Center and was the president of the Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts in 2001. She has also worked locally as a collective bargaining agreement negotiator for the Arlee Federation of Teachers.
Affiliations: American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, National Education Association Foundation, National Council of Teachers of English, National Network of State Teachers of the Year, Hope Street Group, Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts, Montana Indian Education Association, Montana Education Association-Montana Federation of Teachers, Arlee Federation of Teachers.
Education: Anna Baldwin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in history from Georgetown University. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English with a secondary teaching credential from the University of Montana – Missoula, where she also earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.
Areas of Interest:
- Culturally relevant teaching
- Place-based instruction
- Social-emotional learning
- Social justice
- Educational equity
- Multicultural education
- Pedagogy & professional development