It’s time for National Teacher Day, celebrated every year on the first Tuesday in the month of May since the fine year of our Lord 1953, when Lady Eleanor Roosevelt convinced a wise and happy Congress to proclaim it throughout the land.
This year (and every year) there are so many reasons and so many ways to thank teachers and show educators how much we value, respect and are in total awe of what they do every day, all year long.
You can write a note, send flowers, get a gift card, share a poem, make a present, etc. Here are some more wonderful ideas from the national PTA, I love their theme about how teachers are “Out of this World” and help every student reach for the stars.
If you run out of ideas, here is a list of ways to thank teachers, chosen by teachers themselves (yes, it includes a new Secretary of Education).
But this year I want to thank all my wonderful colleagues and our courageous NEA members for standing up, for marching on, for walking in, for using their teacher voice (megaphone optional) to demand that our schools have everything they need, so our students can be everything they want to be.
Educators have marched in the heat, rallied in the rain, knocked on doors, walked with students and parents, made really creative signs, and talked to anyone and everyone, all in an effort to ensure students have the opportunity and schools they deserve.
In this national #RedforEd movement, we’ve forced politicians to listen, to pay attention to the years of chronic neglect that have taken a toll on students and schools. And not only did we change the public discourse about public education, but we delivered victories that will improve the lives of students in communities across the country.
And we were able to elect some wonderful educators at a local and national level so they can advocate for students from the school house to the state house and the halls of Congress.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to every last one of you who has been a part of this movement.
As you know there is no one more willing to stand up for our kids in a crisis than educators.
We show up after a hurricane or a tornado or a flood (actually even before because our schools are used as shelters).
We come early, we stay late, we pull out of our pockets to buy what students need.
We stand together to demand community schools that bring neighborhoods together to serve ALL students;
We stand together for nutrition programs; and the arts and sports; for restorative justice;
We stand together for school nurses, and librarians, and secretaries and the village of para-professionals our students need;
We stand together as professionals who know the names of our students, who are dedicated to their full development, and who are ready to stand up for the most amazing profession in the world.
Thank you! ¡Gracias de todo corazón!