Teachers’ Day

World Teachers’ Day in October during the fall, and
U.S. National Teachers’ Day in May during the spring.

World Teachers’ Day

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Every year, on October 5th, we celebrate World Teachers’ Day. The tradition started in the year 1994 and commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of a recommendation by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the International Labour Organization (ILO) concerning the 1966 Status of Teachers.

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In 2019, World Teachers’ Day will celebrate teachers with the theme, “Young Teachers: The future of the Profession.” The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, to take stock of achievements, and to address some of the issues central for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the profession.

Share your social media posts with the hashtag #WorldTeachersDay

U.S. National Teacher Day

World Teacher’s Day is not to be confused with U.S. National Teacher Day, which is primarily promoted by the National Education Association (NEA) and occurs on Tuesday during Teacher Appreciation Week, which takes place in the first full week of May.

U.S. National Teacher Day honors our teachers and recognizes how they make lasting impressions on our lives. According to the National Education Association (NEA)

The movement for National Teacher Day originated around 1944 when teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders on the cause. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.

Later, the NEA, along with others, lobbied the U.S. Congress to create a national day to celebrate teachers, whereas 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.

Wear #REDforED on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Wearing red on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, and share a picture of yourself on social media explaining why you’re wearing #REDforED.

Join the movement in fighting for school funding, professional pay, affordable teacher housing, and better learning conditions for their students.

Thank A Teacher

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Show your favorite teacher your thanks! All teachers help grow our imagination and they do incredible work in helping us achieve our goals each day. So give them a handwritten “Thank-You Card”; make an online greeting card or e-card; or #ThankATeacher on Social Media. Think about your relationship with your teacher and select your favorite method and card design that shows your appreciation. Make a personal message.