Say ‘Thank You’ on National Teacher Day

teacher appreciation dayIt’s that time of year again: Teacher Appreciation Week, and National Teacher Day is May 7!

Over the past year, more than ever before, teacher voices have been heard  – and not just in classrooms. These educators are making a difference across the country and in their own communities.

The #RedForEd camapign  has united educators, parents and students in a powerful movement to advocate for and protect the nation’s public schools. After years in which funding for public schools has stagnated or even fallen, teachers are demanding the support and learning environments that students in every neighborhood deserve. The campaign has been waged on the streets, on social media, in the legislatures, and at the voting booth.

Supported by the National Education Association’s 3 million members, National Teacher Day 2019 has two main goals: thanking teachers for their commitment to students, and encouraging talented and committed individuals to consider becoming teachers.

On Wednesday, May 8, NEA is encouraging the public to support #RedForEd and show appreciation for the educators who are advocating for better learning conditions for their students and pay and benefits commensurate with the demands and responsibilities of teaching.

The campaign is asking people to show solidarity and wear red, and to share their reasons for supporting the campaign on social media.

·       #ThankATeacher with NEA’s help using our Thank a Teacher Toolkit.

·       You can show your appreciation for the teachers in your life and teachers across the country by sending a card through social media or download the cards for print here.

·       You can print a Certificate of Appreciation for your favorite teacher here.

So thank you to all educators. Whether it’s your first year or fourth decade in a classroom, we know the job is enormously challenging. Still, you connect with students, inspire them, unlock their potential. Thank you for your dedication, creativity and passion!