DoDEA joins the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and schools around the country in celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5-9. On May 6, DoDEA also joins the National Education Association (NEA) to honor teachers on National Teacher Day.
Students, parents, and all citizens in communities across the world can show their appreciation and recognition for teachers who educate students in DoDEA schools as well as teachers who educate military-connected students in public and private schools. These caring, concerned, and dedicated educators selflessly serve and support military families and inspire students to achieve their highest potential each and every day.
To assist in commemorating Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day, we encourage you to use the resources developed by the National PTA and NEA to make your celebrations special and memorable.
For Teacher Appreciation Week Information and Ideas, click here to link to the National PTA website.
For National Teacher Day Information and Ideas, click here to link to the NEA website.
Join the Celebration on Facebook!
Every day during National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5-9, DoDEA will post a “Question of the Day” to spark discussion about favorite teachers, what makes teachers special, and how teachers have influenced our lives. You can participate by going to DoDEA’s Facebook page.
Background: National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week:
- Teachers play a key role in student success, and sometimes a simple “thanks” is all a teacher needs to feel valued. Take the time to celebrate your students’ teachers during 2014 PTA Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5–9.
- Since 1984, National PTA has designated the first full week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. PTA events at the national, state, and local levels celebrate the outstanding contributions teachers make.
Background: NEA National Teacher Day:
- The origins of National Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.
- NEA, along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (Kan.) Local, lobbied Congress to create a national day to celebrate teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day for that year only.
- NEA and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day in March until 1985, when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to change the event to Tuesday of the first full week of May.
Get Involved in the Celebration!
Consider conducting several big events (teacher breakfast or lunch) and several small events to make each day of Teacher Appreciation Week special. Here are some ideas:
5 Fun Ways to Involve Students
- "Thank you" cards to teachers. Encourage students to make a special Thank You card at home for their teachers. Designate one day during Teacher Appreciation Week to have students "deliver" their special notes.
- Teacher Appreciation Bouquets. Elementary students can make tissue paper flowers and attach a special note to each bloom. The flowers can be put together for a classroom bouquet to present to their teacher.
- Teacher Appreciation Newspapers and Bulletin Boards. Have students publish a special Teacher Appreciation Newspaper, featuring articles and photos about teachers. Each student can profile a teacher, conducting interviews, writing the story, and taking the photos. Publish the newspaper as a kick-off event for Teacher Appreciation Week at your school. Students can also design a special Teacher Appreciation Week Bulletin Board in your school lobby or library that features all of the teachers and staff at your school.
- Posters. Have the students in each class create their own posters thanking their teacher. Take a picture of each student holding his or her sign. Then, put together small photo albums of the thank-you messages for the teachers.
- Hold a Teacher Academy Awards Ceremony. Hold a school-wide assembly in the gymnasium, decked out with stars, a red carpet and spotlights for the occasion. Honor every teacher and staff member, from administration to teachers to janitors and cafeteria staff. Let each winner step up onto the red carpet to receive their golden apple.
5 Fun Ways to Involve Your PTA and Parents
Give a gift-a-day. Have the PTA organize a "Gift-a-day" for teachers during each day of Teacher Appreciation Week or for the day on National Teacher Day. Small gifts such as apples, plants, stickers, bookmarks, key chains or tea lights stacked together and wrapped in tissue paper twisted at each end to resemble a package of Lifesavers are some ideas to start.
- Treat Carts. Ask staff members to list their favorite beverage and a snack food. Keep this information on file. During Teacher Appreciation Week or on National Teacher Day, make the cart available in a break room or tour it around during the day. Throughout the year, encourage staff members to nominate their peers to be awarded "a treat break." Select one staff member each week to receive treats, and include a note explaining why he or she was nominated.
- Send flowers. Have the PTA send a bouquet of flowers to the Teacher's Break Room at your school.
- Host a Breakfast or Lunch. Have parents prepare a special dish for a Teacher Breakfast or Lunch. Be sure to invite the support staff and administrators as well as teachers. Make centerpieces for each table and have them serve as door prizes. Canvas the commissary, PX and local businesses to donate gift certificates or gift baskets and use them as door prizes. If space allows, invite parents, commanders, the superintendent and other community leaders to show appreciation for teachers!
- Write a Note. Remind parents that showing appreciation doesn't have to cost money. A parent could provide a note listing the top five or ten reasons the parent and student like the teacher, or share a specific story of a time the teacher helped your child in school. Teachers love to hear a parent's perspective on how they inspire and help students achieve goals and overcome obstacles.