National Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6-10, 2024

Teacher DayNational Teacher Day (Tues., May 7, 2024)

Great teachers make great public schools. On National Teacher Day, Tues., May 7, 2024, thousands of communities take time to honor their local educators and acknowledge the crucial role teachers play in making sure every student receives a quality education.


National Teacher Day, which falls during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10, 2024), is a wonderful opportunity to remind the larger community of the value that teachers bring to the lives of children. It is also the perfect opportunity for school boards, school administrators, community members, and students to salute and thank those who touch the lives of children through teaching.

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History of 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 (KS) 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.