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Sample Letters to the Editor

The "Letters" page is one of the best-read sections of any newspaper. Below are three samples for use as appropriate. Feel free to adapt to your local situation. The first is teacher specific. The second is specific to education support professionals. The third is for bringing attention to and honoring the work of substitute educators. Keep the following in mind:

Teacher Appreciation Letter


Dear Editor:

November 13-19 will mark the 90th annual observance of American Education Week. Our AEW tagline, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility," highlights the importance of bringing together educators, parents, students, and communities in a unified effort to build great public schools.

Today's teachers do more than teach basic skills. They nurture and inspire children despite obstacles. They help students learn essential skills not always measured in testing, such as critical thinking, conflict resolution, cooperation, and problem solving, which help students throughout life.

However, you and I know that no school is without problems. There is always something needing improvement. That's why we have a program that [give an example, such as a mentoring program, where good experienced teachers help new teachers OR describe your professional development training to keep veteran teachers ahead of advances in teaching OR a program that involves parents in helping their child in the classroom or at home].

Parents, I invite you to visit your child's classroom and learn for yourself how you and the teacher can work together. If you do not have children, please consider visiting your nearest public school and see today's educators in action. Ask how you can contribute to a child's success. We'll be glad to advise.

Thank you for taking time to read this letter. I'm proud to make a difference in the lives of the students I teach.

(signature)

Your name

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Education Support Professionals Appreciation Letter


Dear Editor:

November 16, 2011, will mark the observance of Education Support Professionals Day—a time for saluting our public school education support professionals (ESPs) and the contributions they make to education. The interaction between children, parents, and ESPs is vital to the continued success of public education. Their work is something to celebrate.

Today's ESPs do more than provide nutritious meals and transport our children to and from school; they also serve as positive role models.

Parents and community members, visit your child's school and learn for yourself how ESPs serve as essential and equal education partners. A simple 'thank you' or card for these hard working professionals would be welcomed and greatly appreciated.

Thank you for taking time to read this letter. I'm proud to make a difference in the lives of your children by being an essential partner in their education. Let's make time together to celebrate all of our work on their behalf.

(signature)

Your name

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Substitute Educators Appreciation Letter


Dear Editor:

November 13-19 will mark the 90th annual observance of American Education Week—a time for saluting our public schools and the relationships between all school employees, students, and parents.

The theme of this year's celebration, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility," highlights the importance of bringing together educators, parents, students, and communities in a unified effort to build great public schools.

The Friday of that week, November 18, has been designated Substitute Educators Day. These employees are called in to temporarily replace a regularly employed teachers or education support professionals, such as classroom aides.

We hope you'll take some time to thank the many citizens of [name the school district, community or area] who have taken on the opportunity, and, yes, the challenges, of working as substitute educators.

Substitute educators are serious about the education of the community's children. They are professionals who have learned their craft and are as skilled as the people they replace on a daily basis. They, too, nurture and inspire children. They help students learn essential skills not always measured by tests, such as critical thinking, conflict resolution, cooperation, and problem solving.

However, you and I know that substitute work is not without challenges.  [If you can, give an example]. But for most substitute educators, opportunities to help outweigh even these matters.

Every day, substitute educators rise to the challenges of their work. They are a valuable asset to our schools and community. They deserve our respect and I'm proud to have them as colleagues.

(signature)

Your name