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8 Ways to #ThankaTeacher Today and Every Day

This Teacher Appreciation Week, more than ever, so many students, parents, and communities are coming together to express their gratitude to educators of every kind. You can too.
Thank you note from child
Published: April 23, 2021

For all the times educators stepped up and found creative ways to adapt, innovate, and persevere, saying “thank you” is just one way to show our appreciation.

Here are other ideas to show appreciation for your educator:

Send a personal note

A nice hand-written letter – or even just an email or text – from a parent, caretaker, sibling or student goes a long way.

Make something special

No matter how it comes out, a delicious treat or a work of art can say it all.

Text CELEBRATE to 48744

Leave a message of gratitude to educators. These will be delivered to the real people helping our students every day.

Attend the celebration

Join educators from across the country for a virtual dance party with some the top DJs around. Join them at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, May 7, on @NEAToday Instagram live with legendary DJ Spinderella.

Shout your praise

Tell everyone you know, one at a time or all at once by tagging them in a social media post with #thankateacher and one of these sharable graphics.

Spread the good news

Parents, caretakers, and families trust educators more than ever, says a new national poll.

Volunteer to help

An educator’s work is never done. Offer to pitch in some time before or after school to help your school’s teachers.

Advocate for public schools

Urge your policy makers to support equitable investments in the tools and resources that students need. Learn more about what you can do.

Bonus—Give Props to Educators By Sharing the Video Love

Share our new video praising educators.

Now that you have some ideas, there’s no reason to wait. Take this moment to show appreciation for your educators, and visit our Teacher Appreciation Week page.

Because of dedicated educators as well as resourceful parents and caretakers, every student, no matter who they are or where they live, will continue to learn, grow and thrive. Our future is brighter because of people like you.


This pandemic has already revealed that: schools are so much more than just schools; many people now realize how tough it is to be a teacher and that teachers are grossly underpaid; teachers are irreplaceable and essential to learning and education. — Nicholas Ferroni (@NicholasFerroni)

To March 2020

Day 2 of homeschooling and I already want to quit my teaching job. I've always appreciated how hard teaching is, but let me just say it for the record: Our educators are amazing and we should pay them more, respect them more and show gratitude every single day. — Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones)

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