Teacher Appreciation Day and Week

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK (MAY 6-10)
TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY (MAY 7TH)

Dear Parents – Take ActionSmall cards, well wishes from students, chocolates, cups or gifts symbolic of appreciation are certainly welcomed by your teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Yet, to be frank, to truly appreciate your teachers as dedicated hard working educators that, despite cuts, high-stakes tests and overcrowded classrooms, continue to give our kids the best education possible…

We ask you to stand up for teachers-and your schools.

Save Our Schools March: www.saveourschoolsmarch.org is asking parents and community organizations across the country to take action in support of public schools, teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week.

If Teachers are to be truly honored and revered as educators, the nation has to stop attacking them. The idea is to bring public attention to the privatization of our public schools, the demoralization of staff through the continued attacks on teacher salaries, livelihoods and the very way teachers teach-with little, if any, of our input from lawmakers and politicians.

The focus this year is to push back against the rapidly expanded use of high-stakes standardized tests to punish children, teachers and, tragically, close schools which is counterintuitive to improving education. A good resource on this is Fair Test: www.fairtest.org

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS:
Film Showings at a local college, hall, church, or in your home.
Consider:
* Race to Nowhere (about test and curriculum pressure): http://owl.li/k3XlL
* TEACH http://owl.li/iXTWc
Discussions of books/articles with friends like Diane Ravitch’s excellent book, The Death and Life of the American School System: http://owl.li/iXTRY
Stan Karp’s concise article on Challenging Corporate Ed Reform: http://owl.li/iXTTt
Conversations with other parents neighbors, community organizations
Letters or Visits to editors/media/your legislators
Tables at spring fairs/festivals, etc.
Contact your local, state or national education association
Attend a public hearing on educational or budget issues
Have an Awareness Event (dance, pot luck, music jam, poetry, etc.)
A Youtube parent flash mob
Work with local education, community or parent activists: parentsacrossamerica.org/
Meet with your Parent Association (PTA, HSA) or the national PTA: http://owl.li/iXTXu
Letters to Michelle Obama: http://owl.li/iXTUA
Support Washington Teachers Boycott high-stakes standardized tests: http://owl.li/iXU3g
Letters of Support about your favorite teacher to legislators asking their support for public schools and teachers.

Of course, there’s always your blogs, twitters, facebooks, etc…

Thanks for truly appreciating the educator in your district by considering any action or event that supports their work in your community.

SOS is a nationwide, activist organization that supports public schools, students and teachers.
Save Our Schools March www.saveourschoolsmarch.org