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National Teacher Day 2012

National Teacher Day is Tuesday, May 8, 2012.  This year, NEA is urging parents, students, community leaders, and caring individuals across the nation to celebrate and thank amazing teachers.

To help you organize your own Teacher Day activities, NEA has developed an online planning kit that contains activity ideas, templates, art work and more. 

On National Teacher Day, 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.


Dodge City teachers helped start 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. Woodbridge 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 (Kan.) 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. The actual date, therefore, varies from year to year.

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