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Celebrate National Teacher Day!

Be a Superhero for a Teacher!

We are teaming up with the National PTA and Go Fund Me to give back to the educators who give so much to our communities. If you start a campaign to benefit a teacher or a classroom during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6, 2016), GoFundMe will chip in a $100 donation to help you build momentum. Find out more here.

Meet Jahana Hayes, 2016 National Teacher of the Year

Jahana Hayes, a social studies teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, CT., was named the 2016 National Teacher of the Year on Thursday by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
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Planning an event? Check out our 2016 National Teacher Day artwork for web, social media, and printable fliers!




Join Our 2016 #ThankATeacher Campaign!

Teachers give us so much. A boost of confidence when we really need one. Extra help when we’re having trouble. A welcoming presence when everything else seems out of control. And though we know we can’t ever thank them enough, we can take a moment during National Teacher Appreciation Week to share our appreciation for the special educators in our lives.

Join NEA and the National PTA in saying “Thank You” by sharing one of the following on social media during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6:

  • A picture of yourself with your favorite teacher, past or present;
  • A picture of your child with his or her teacher;
  • A picture of yourself holding a piece of paper with a simple message saying Thank You to a teacher and why you’re thanking him or her.

Be sure to use the hashtag #ThankATeacher when sharing.
You can also share this graphic to spread the word to your friends!

This National Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s show our teachers how much they mean to us!

Teacher Appreciation Week 2016

President Barack Obama Thanks His Fifth-Grade Teacher


Why Teachers Deserve Our Praise and Support
( PDF, 117 KB, 1 pg.)





Coming In 2016...

National Teacher Day
May 3, 2016

National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 2-6, 2016

American Education Week
November 14-18, 2016

Education Support Professionals Day
November 16, 2016

Substitute Educators Day
November 18, 2016