Lighting A Fire In Kids: Three Insightful Teaching Truths | Chris Gleason | TEDxOshkosh

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We can’t force students to learn. This talk from a veteran educator proposes that a teacher's jobs includes creating the conditions for growth, and cultivating an environment of possibility that will ensure both students and teachers succeed and find their passion.

Chris Gleason is an instrumental music educator at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. He is the 2017 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year, 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator Award semifinalist, and the first Wisconsin teacher to be named a finalist for National Teacher of the Year in 50 years.

In 2009 Chris started the ComMission Possible Project that annually commissions a new work for band. He recently served as a Teacher Leadership and Engagement Specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction inspiring future education majors across the state. Chris was a member of Teach Plus in a national effort to support Title II funding. Mr. Gleason is a 2018-19 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow, and is the founder and organizer of the Beyond The Notes Music Festival Inc. a non-profit that has to date inspired more than 33,000 young musicians and 60 future music educators. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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