Letter to Congress on Teacher Day Resolution
May 08, 2012
Today is the 59th anniversary of National Teacher Day, the highlight of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is traditionally observed the first full week of May. On behalf of the more than three million educators represented by the National Education Association (NEA), we urge you to support H. Res. 645, introduced by Representatives Kissel (D-NC), Hanna (R-NY), Loebsack (D-IA), Graves (R-MO), and Hartzler (R-MO), honoring our nation’s teachers and their dedication to their profession and their students.
“Teachers are the nation’s heroes—they motivate and inspire young minds and enable students to achieve extraordinary things,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.
This year, NEA teamed up with Parenting magazine for the groundbreaking “My Amazing Teacher” campaign, which invited members of the public to celebrate teachers who changed their lives by uploading video thank-you messages. Notables who contributed to the project include U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and New York Yankee Mark Teixeira. To see their videos—or contribute your own—go to http://bit.ly/KvKdxJ.
NEA and Parenting magazine also conducted an innovative survey of 1,000 public school parents and educators that explored roadblocks to effective parent-teacher communication. Asked to “grade” their relationship with their child’s teachers, 45 percent of the parents gave the teachers an “A;” majorities on both sides categorized their relationships as “great” and “open.” The results were announced at the 2012 Mom Congress on Education and Learning. To learn more about the Mom Congress and the survey results, go to http://bit.ly/IBsniQ.
Van Roekel and other NEA leaders are celebrating National Teacher Day with Secretary Duncan and five newly inducted members of the National Teachers Hall of Fame: Scott Charlesworth-Seiler, a fifth-grade teacher from Illinois; David Brock, a science teacher from Maryland; Glenn Lid, a chemistry teacher from Minnesota; James Brooks, an English teacher from North Carolina; and Deborah Lynn Tackmann, a health education teacher from Wisconsin. For information about events across the nation, go to nea.org/teacherday.
Please help us celebrate National Teacher Day: support the resolution honoring the tireless efforts of America’s teachers to prepare our nation’s children for life and leadership in the 21st century.
Director, Center for Advocacy
Director of Government Relations