Tey inspires curiosity and a lifelong love of learning. They’re experts at boosting confidence through the right mix of motivation and instruction. They serve alternately as student-squabble mediator, supportive listener, and all-around problem fixer. And now they’re doing it all remotely, as schools across the country have closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Teacher Appreciation Week is a chance to thank educators for all they do to ensure that students succeed in school and in life.The week-long celebration is the culmination of a 40-year push to establish a National Teacher Day. According to the National Education Association (NEA), a Wisconsin teacher named Ryan Krug began writing to political leaders around 1944 about the need for a national day to recognize teachers for their hard work and dedication to students. Arkansas teacher Mattie Whyte Woodridge took up the cause. She wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 convinced Congress to proclaim a National Teachers Day.

“I have always felt that we did not give an honorable enough place in our communities to the teachers,” Roosevelt wrote in her newspaper column, “My Day,” after Congress designated the first Tuesday of March as National Teachers Day. “Next to parents they are the most important people in our communities.”

In 1985, the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week. The NEA then voted to mark National Teachers Day on the Tuesday that begins Appreciation Week.
Check out our ideas for celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week during the COVID-19 crisis.
National Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas for Students and Staff.Know any teachers with serious tech skills? How about teachers who always know how to put a smile on your face? Join HMH in honoring them on social media with one of these shout-outs: Most Tech Savvy; Most Likely to Brighten Your Day; Biggest Student Champion; First-Rate Leader. Use the hashtag #HeroesAtHome.
Below you'll find more ideas on how administrators, parents, students, and even teachers can show their appreciation for educators—this week and all year long.

Ways Administrators Can Thank Teachers,Show Your Support
Saying you support your teachers is great. Demonstrating your support is even more powerful. Here are some ideas.Don't have the budget for a gift card to help teachers get the resources they need for a class project? Offer to write a grant to fund the project through DonorsChoose.
Give teachers a break. Take over a teacher’s virtual lesson for one class period. Or, hold a town hall meeting with the class to gauge how kids are doing, how their school work is going, and what changes might improve their learning experience.

Start a fund to help pay for teachers to attend workshops and conferences.Hold a virtual town hall with teachers. Ask them to share challenges they face, how they are working to overcome them, and what you might do to lighten their load.


Launch a Thank-You Campaign
Start a video campaign to thank teachers in your school or district. Begin by posting a call for “thank-you” videos on your school’s website, Facebook page, or Instagram or Twitter account. Your invitation might read something like this: Have a teacher who inspires you? It’s time to let that person know. Record yourself or your child thanking a teacher. Use these prompts if you’re having trouble getting started.