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National Teacher Day Digital Toolkit


To help you spread the word about teachers and the outstanding work they do each day, we've put together a list of activities, digital resources, and tools.

Americans in cities and towns all over the nation are celebrating National Teacher Day on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The celebration is part of National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-13, with special events honoring educators happening in every community.
The celebration, supported by the National Education Association’s 3 million members, has two main goals.

  • Thank America’s teachers for their commitment to students and for their work to create great public schools for every student.
  • Encourage talented and committed individuals to consider the rewarding and intellectually demanding profession of teaching.

Help Us Spread the Word!

To participate in our celebration of outstanding teachers:

Join us in saying “Thank You” by sharing one of the following on social media during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-13:
  • 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.
  • Use the hashtag #ThankATeacher when sharing.
PTA toolkit cover Update your Facebook status to thank a teacher who made a difference in your life. You can use “It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you [INSERT TEACHER NAME] for making a difference in my life.” Or, write your own personal message.
Use our Teacher Week cover image on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
Check out our Pinterest boards and repin/share our pins!
Share our co-branded National PTA/NEA Teacher Appreciation Toolkit
Join our #thankateacher conversation to raise awareness about the vital role teachers play in the lives of students. Here are a few sample tweets you can use:
  • If you can write your name, #thankateacher
  • If you followed your dreams, #thankateacher
  • If you can read, #thankateacher
  • If you can speak a second language, #thankateacher
  • If you think outside the box, #thankateacher
  • If you know how to play fair, #thankateacher

Want To Do More?

Make a real difference in the lives of amazing teachers nationwide by taking these four easy actions:

  1. Petition your representative to issue a proclamation celebrating teachers and declaring Tuesday, May 8, National Teacher Day.
  2. Support public education by making a donation to the NEA Foundation. Your investment will help educators close achievement gaps, increase classroom innovations, provide professional development opportunities, and more.
  3. Be a partner in education. Find effective parent-teacher strategies that will have a direct impact on your child's success.
  4. Visit your local school and find out how you can help. Volunteer in the concession stand at a football game, donate supplies, or chaperone an event.

Teacher Day Artwork Talking Points

  • We know that appreciation alone will not reduce the challenges teachers face to help meet the needs of their students, but it will let them know their efforts are not going unnoticed.
  • Everyone has a favorite teacher. There’s no better time than National Teacher Appreciation Week/National Teacher Day to remember those who inspired us to be the individuals we are today.
  • We’re asking everyone to take the time to recognize and thank a favorite teacher. Make a commitment to do your part to help make great public schools and ensure that all students have caring and qualified teachers. Visit to find out more about how you can help.
  • Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week on Social Media. Join us in saying “Thank You” by sharing a photo of you (or a child) and a teacher on social media using the hashtag #ThankATeacher during Teacher Appreciation Week.
  • Across the country, students, parents, politicians, celebrities, and others have picked up their smartphones, computers, and tablets to send messages of appreciation and give back to the teachers in their lives.
  • NEA is committed to ensuring that every student has a qualified, caring, committed teacher. We need to change the way teachers are recruited, trained, evaluated, supported, and held accountable. We raise the bar for what it means to be a quality teacher.
  • America’s teachers are on the front lines of education every day. They are deeply committed to the success of every child, yet their profession and the work they do are being slammed because of standardized tests, poor evaluation methods, and lack of funding.

Ideas for Celebrating Teacher Day

From volunteering in a classroom to hosting a town hall meeting with teachers and parents, here are some simple ways to participate in our national celebration of teachers.