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Through EdWeek’s Lens: Our Top Photos of the Year

By Jaclyn Borowski — December 18, 2023 1 min read
Liliana Barrera, a third-grader and other students at Roy DeShane Elementary School and members of the Environmental Club, point excitingly to a mother duck and her ducklings as they make their way across a pond in Armstrong Park in Carol Stream, Ill., on May 12, 2023.
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In 2023, Education Week photographers crossed the country visiting classrooms and working with educators doing noteworthy work in the field.

If there’s a trend amongst the images from the last year, it’s connection. Teachers connecting with students, school leaders connecting with teachers, students connecting with themselves and their environments.

Pictured here is an inside look at some of the connections and relationships that are the foundation of K-12 education.

Kim King, an art teacher at Mansfield Elementary School in Mansfield, Conn., works with 1st graders, from left, Declan McKee, Luke Stimson, and Aubrey Reid, in her choice-based art class, on Feb. 13, 2023.

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Students walk past pennants for various universities and colleges in the hallway at Adamson Middle School.

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Shadow, a therapy dog at Morris Elementary School in Morris, Okla., greets students after their Wakin' 'n' Shakin' assembly on Jan. 17, 2023.

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Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona waves to members of the audience after giving an address to the American Federation of Teachers Together Educating America’s Children conference, in Washington, D.C., on July 21, 2023.

Related reading: AFT Head Wants to Show She’s Focused on Solutions to K-12’s Challenges →


Richard Tomko, Superintendent of Belleville Public Schools in Belleville, N.J., visits Mrs. Gras’ pre-K class and participates in a dancing activity to enrich gross motor skills on Tuesday, January 10, 2023. One of Dr. Tomko’s main initiatives as superintendent has been to grow Belleville Public School’s “Preschool Universe,” which has been largely successful since the opening of the Hornblower Early Childhood Center in 2020. District enrollment in the “Preschool Universe” was at 7.8% in the 2018-19 school year, and is now at 86.7% for the 2022-23 school year.

Related reading: Transforming a School District, One Relationship at a Time →


Dandelion Hunt-Smith pictured at San Francisco’s Dolores Park on Feb. 23, 2023.

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Students in Brooke Smith’s class dance as they participate in an exercise through the InPACT program during the school day at North Elementary School in Birch Run, Mich., on March 2, 2023.

Related reading: Students Need More Exercise. Here’s How to Add Activity Without Disrupting Learning →


Principal David Arencibia embraces a student as they make their way to their next class at Colleyville Middle School in Colleyville, Texas on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

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Students from the Chess Club play friendly games against each other at Renaissance High School in Detroit, Mich., on April 24, 2023.

Related reading: ‘Everybody at School Wants to Play': Chess Is Trendy Again →


Amber Nichols, a teacher at Eastwood Elementary School in Morgantown, W. Va., embraces a student during class on May 11, 2023.

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