Teacher Appreciation

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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
From left to right: Whitney Aragaki, Autumn Rivera, Kurt Russell, and Joseph Welch
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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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
4 min read
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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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Teaching Profession Stories to Make You Smile: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Surprises Retiring Teacher
Sharing moments of levity and hope from the education world amid the mass disruption of schooling and life from the coronavirus.
Madeline Will, May 8, 2020
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Teaching Profession Teacher Appreciation Week Wrap-Up: See How Educators Are Innovating During COVID-19
Three incredible stories of teachers who have come up with creative ways to mark milestones and connect with students.
Sarah Schwartz, May 7, 2020
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Teaching Profession Chance the Rapper's New Awards Show Honors Teachers During School Shutdowns
This Teacher Appreciation Week, the Grammy award-winning musician will honor 10 teachers and give out $300,000 in partnership with Box Tops for Education.
Sarah Schwartz, May 7, 2020
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Curriculum Teacher Appreciation Week: Stories of Dedication and Creativity
In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, here are three of the many examples of teachers finding creative, fun, and generous ways to teach while their students are stuck at home.
Catherine Gewertz, May 5, 2020
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Teaching Profession It's Teacher Appreciation Week. See How 3 Educators Are Helping Students During COVID-19
These teachers are doing whatever they can to help their students during COVID-19, including donating money to needy families, caring for a baby, and visiting a student to cheer her up.
Madeline Will, May 3, 2020
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School & District Management In Unprecedented Times, These Principals Are Going All Out on Teacher Appreciation
Teacher Appreciation Week this year falls at a time when nearly all teachers in the country are working remotely. But principals are going all out to show teachers that they recognize and appreciate their efforts amid the coronavirus school closures.
Denisa R. Superville, April 30, 2020
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Curriculum How Top Teachers Make Student Voice a High Priority
The winners of the 2019-2020 Milken Educator Awards reflect on how they invite students' questions about the world and encourage them to share their perspectives.
Sarah Schwartz, March 11, 2020
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