AACTE Celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week
National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1 through May 7, 2022. AACTE celebrates the work of teachers across the country and recognizes the significant contributions our nation’s teachers make in preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s world.
AACTE joins with the American Federation of Teachers and more than 200 other partnering organizations, to thank teachers for “helping every child in America lay the groundwork to build a better life, which starts right in their very own school.” In addition, the campaign recognizes that, “Despite political interference, disrespect for [their] professionalism, and a seemingly endless struggle for resources, [teachers] rise to the occasion to help prepare every child for whatever comes next, and [they] do it with incredible humanity and grace.”
The teaching profession is at a crossroads; one that has been building for years and is exacerbated by the effects of the pandemic and continuous attacks on educators at all levels. There are fewer college students completing bachelor’s degrees in education, especially in high-needs fields. Teachers are leaving the classroom in record numbers. The diversity of our teachers fails to align with the diversity of our classrooms. We must uplift and acknowledge the importance of teachers in order to bolster and support the future of our communities.
AACTE urges Congress to make significant investments to educator preparation programs. Our democracy, economy, and well-being depend upon a well-educated citizenry.