Best Should Teach

  • BST Spider Webs Building on Stone Sculpture
  • BST Flame Over Doorway
  • BST The Best Should Teach Engraving

The Best Should Teach

The Best Should Teach Initiative strives to acknowledge excellence in teaching and academic leadership. The initiative is managed by the Graduate Teacher Program in coordination with the School of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lindley and Marguerite Stiles established the initiative in 1996 to promulgate the message that “The Best Should Teach.”

 A Best Should Teach sculpture designed by John Haertling, which represents the flame of enlightenment, is installed at the School of Education on the University of Colorado Boulder campus as a visual reminder of the initiative and of the importance of teaching.

The Best Should Teach Initiative celebrates excellence in teaching at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. It supports the preparation of college and university faculty, as well as public school teachers, in their disciplinary fields. Best Should Teach Gold and Silver Awards are presented at the event each year. The Best Should Teach event and awards are co-funded by the Ira and Ineva Baldwin Fund in the CU Foundation and Brian Good's private Best Should Teach Fund, with additional support from the Graduate School, the School of Education, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Keynote Speaker for 2017

Thomas Cech Best Should Teach 2017 Keynote Speaker

Thomas Cech

Distinguished Professor • Director, University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute • Principal Investigator, Cech Lab​

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Colorado, Boulder