Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2–6 this year. AISD’s recognition will continue throughout the month—and includes Salute on Tuesday, May 17, at the AISD Performing Arts Center.
This is a wonderful opportunity for school communities to celebrate AISD’s more than 6,300 classroom teachers—and how they make a difference in the lives of Austin’s children.
Promote Teachers: Sample Messages
Profile and promote your teachers. Share information about the roles teachers play at school and throughout their communities. Post messages on school marquees, in newsletters and on campus websites and social media channels.
- Every day, teachers touch the lives of students, parents and communities.
- AISD has the most experienced teachers in Austin.
- AISD has more National Board-certified teachers than any school district in Texas.
- AISD teachers provide a high-quality education that prepares all students for college, career and life.
- Teachers have helped AISD’s graduation rates reach an all-time high.
- Teachers serve as scholars, listeners, role models, motivators and mentors.
- Teachers inspire students to achieve their greatest potential.
- Every teacher’s influence continues long after a student’s school days are memories.
Simple Ways to Recognize Teachers
Teacher Appreciation Week provides a fantastic opportunity for schools to work closely with PTAs and community organizations to celebrate teachers. AISD, the National PTA and National Education Association offer helpful suggestions for school-based appreciation activities and events.
- Show your gratitude. Publicly thank your favorite teacher by sending them an AISD shoutout. Read and share what others have written.
- Share your favorite teacher story. We all have at least one teacher we remember because he or she inspired us, made learning fun, or expressed a genuine interest in our lives. To help shine a spotlight on teaching, we invite you to share your most inspiring or heartwarming story about a teacher who changed your (or your child’s) life. Post them on your website and social media channels, include them in your newsletters, etc.
- Bring a teacher’s idea to life. The nonprofit website www.DonorsChoose.org helps teachers fund their projects.
- Redecorate the teachers’ lounge. The teachers’ lounge is a place for teachers to eat lunch, meet with colleagues or simply take a break. Sprucing up the teachers’ lounge is a real and lasting way to show your appreciation.
- Give a gift. Partner with your child's PTA to organize giving gifts to teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Small gifts such as apples, plants, stickers, bookmarks, key chains are some ideas to start. How about stacking tea lights together and wrapping them in tissue paper? Twist the tissue paper at each end to resemble a package of Lifesavers.
- Send flowers. Send a bouquet of flowers to the teachers' break room at your school.
- Write a note. Showing appreciation does not have to cost money. A parent can provide a note listing the top five or 10 reasons they like their student's teacher. They can share a story of a time the teacher helped their child in school. Teachers love to hear a parent's perspective on how they inspire and help students achieve goals and overcome obstacles.