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

BST Poster


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.

Interested in Donating to the Stiles Best Should Teach Fund?  Click Here to Get Started!



2019 Best Should Teach Lecture

and Awards Ceremony

Featuring Keynote Speaker:


Dr. Bettina L. Love

Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia 


Full Bio coming soon


Keynote Lecture

We want to do more than survive: Abolitionist teaching as anti-racist pedagogy​