Thank a teacher for making public schools great!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, is National Teacher Day. Thank a teacher for making public schools great!

Teachers in Illinois and in communities across the nation will be in the spotlight on National Teacher Day, as students, parents, school administrators and the general public learn how teachers are making Great Public Schools for every student.

Teacher Student working

Few other professionals touch as many people as teachers do,” notes John Smith president of the Our Town Education Association. “National Teacher Day is a good time to learn about the contributions educators make to our community every day. We recognize we are role models. That brings satisfaction. It also brings responsibility. We want to take it to the next step.

“We believe we all have to work together to make our schools even better,” said John Smith.

“That means everyone in the community. Parents, business owners, retirees, other workers, local government, and yes students. Public schools are at the heart of any community. When there are problems, we address them. When there are kudos, we share them.

“Community involvement brings learning to life,” John Smith said. “This is an opportunity for all of us to reach out to each other. I ask the community to learn about how we advocate for high standards for students, fair and meaningful evaluations of their work, and resources that go directly to the classroom. Better than an apple or a thank you card, a community’s active support of the work we mutually do to teach and care for the community’s students would be ample reward for all of us.”

Visit National Teacher Day to learn more about the issues educators are facing as they do their work and meet the requirements of many laws and regulations.

Groups and individuals interested in helping develop these or other activities for National Teacher Day may contact their local association.

The Our Town Education Association is a professional employee organization and is committed to advancing the cause of public education. The 1000 members work in the community at every level of education, from pre-school through high school.

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