Teacher Appreciation

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Teaching Profession Opinion What Teachers Really Want for Teacher Appreciation Week
Teachers and principals share how to turn gestures of appreciation into meaningful action to support the profession.
Mary Hendrie, May 6, 2024
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Thank you graphic for service workers in schools including bus drivers, custodians, and  lunch workers.
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School & District Management What Schools Can Do to Make Sure Support Staff Feel Appreciated
Support staff ensure schools are functioning. Here are five tips to help them feel as if they're an integral part of the school community.
Caitlynn Peetz & Laura Baker, April 26, 2024
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Teaching Profession From Our Research Center Forget the Free Food and Gift Cards. Here's the Kind of Recognition Teachers Really Want
New survey results reveal what teachers and administrators find to be the most meaningful type of acknowledgment from a supervisor.
Madeline Will, March 18, 2024
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A middle school science team collaborates on their upcoming lessons at Sutton Middle School in Atlanta on Feb. 13, 2020.
A middle school science team collaborates on upcoming lessons at Sutton Middle School in Atlanta on Feb. 13, 2020.
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Teaching Profession From Our Research Center Teachers’ Stress Trickles Down to Students. Here's What Schools Are Doing About It
The past few years in the classroom have been grueling. But there are things districts can do to help teachers. Here are some examples.
Madeline Will, October 16, 2023
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Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, star of Abbott Elementary, speaks during a special education town hall event for Teacher Appreciation week, at Walt Whitman High School, in Bethesda, Md., on May 7, 2023.
Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, star of "Abbott Elementary," speaks during an event for Teacher Appreciation Week, at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md., on May 7, 2023.
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Teaching Profession 'Abbott Elementary' Star Sheryl Lee Ralph: 'Get Your Teachers the Money They Deserve'
The actress spoke at an NEA- and PTA-sponsored event kicking off Teacher Appreciation Week.
Madeline Will, May 8, 2023
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Teaching Profession Teachers Share the Most Meaningful Ways to Show Appreciation
You don't always need flowers and mugs, they say: Go for small but meaningful gestures.
Marina Whiteleather, May 5, 2023
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School & District Management Principals, Here Are 4 Ways to Show Your Appreciation for Teachers
A sincere thank you and a day off to catch up on grading are among the ideas readers shared.
Marina Whiteleather, May 4, 2023
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Recruitment & Retention What Districts Can Do to Prevent Teachers From Quitting Mid-Year
Routine, actionable feedback and small gestures of appreciation go a long way, superintendents say
Caitlynn Peetz, January 18, 2023
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Teaching Profession There's No Shortage of My Love for You: 10 Educator Valentines for These Trying Times
At Education Week, we’re sharing a little love (and snark) with the K-12 community in the form of valentines.
National Teacher of The Year nominees
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Teaching Profession Meet the 4 Finalists for the 2022 National Teacher of the Year
The four finalists hail from Colorado, Hawaii, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and were recognized for their dedication to student learning.
Madeline Will, January 19, 2022
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Monochromatic image of items on a teacher's desk, with vivid color on an apple and a plant.
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Recruitment & Retention What Teachers Who Might Quit Are Really Thinking
What factors are driving teachers to the verge of quitting? And what can district and school leaders do about it?
Elizabeth Heubeck, October 28, 2021
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First lady Jill Biden hugs Juliana Urtubey, 2021 National Teacher of the Year, at a ceremony to honor the 2021 State and National Teachers of the Year, on the South Lawn of the White House Oct. 18.
First lady Jill Biden stands beside Juliana Urtubey, 2021 National Teacher of the Year, at a ceremony to honor the 2020 and 2021 State and National Teachers of the Year at the White House on Monday.
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Teaching Profession Joe and Jill Biden Honor Teachers at Long-Delayed White House Ceremony
The president, with the first lady in attendance, called teachers the "single most consequential people in the world beyond our parents."
Madeline Will, October 18, 2021
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Teaching Profession We Asked Teachers How They Want to Be Appreciated. Here's What They Said
All they need is respect, independence, a break, and a heartfelt word of thanks after a difficult year.
Dalia Faheid, May 4, 2021
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Teaching Profession Opinion It's Teacher Appreciation Week. Flowers? Mugs? We're Looking for Something More
Lately, teachers have been hailed as heroes then denounced as obstructionists, say seven State Teachers of the Year. Here’s what they need.
Owen Bondono, Alisa Cooper de Uribe, Amanda Hargreaves, Kimberly Hee Stock, Justin Johnson, Susan Rosato & Jennifer Wolfe, April 30, 2021
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