Taylor Mali, the famous teacher-turned poet just released a video of his poem “What Teachers Make” that is gaining national attention.

The poem (and video) is  an impassioned defense of teaching as a profession; a good message to be spreading, ESPECIALLY now. 

The release of this video comes at the tail end of Taylor Mali’s Quest for a Thousand Teachers, a goal set in 2000 to inspire 1,000 people to become teachers through “poetry, persuasion, and perseverance.”

After more than 12 years, Taylor has reached this goal and is soon to release his book, “What Teachers Make.”

The video, which was  released last week has already seen huge success, with over 60,000 views already; it has already been featured on CBS’s “The Feed”,ViralViralVideos.com, and international publication/news site GOOD.

What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World

What Teachers MakeThe right book at the right time: an impassioned defense of teachers and why our society needs them now more than ever.

Based on the poem that inspired a movement, What Teachers Make is Mali’s sharp, funny, reflective, critical call to arms about the joys of teaching and why teachers are so vital to America today.

It’s a book that will be treasured and shared by every teacher in America-and everyone who’s ever loved or learned from one.

 A 10th-generation native of New York City, Taylor Mali graduated from the Collegiate School, a private school for boys, in 1983.

He received a B.A. in English from Bowdoin College in 1987 and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from Kansas State University in 1993.  He also studied drama with the Royal Shakespeare Academy at Oxford.

Mali is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having himself spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math and S.A.T. test preparation.

Taylor Mali travels the country sharing his message What Teachers Make with teachers’ groups and recruiting the next generation of classroom teachers with his 1,000 Teachers campaign.

Learn more at www.TaylorMali.com.



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