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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

WePAC’s teacher-partners spend countless hours working to grow our students’ literacy skills.

This week, and throughout the month of May, we would like to say a big Thank You! for the inspiring work and dedication you share with our schools and communities.

Nationally, U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan wrote an article yesterday about the RESPECT Project, which stands for Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching.

Sixteen active classroom teachers working temporarily for the U.S. Department of Education as Teacher Ambassador Fellows have held over 200 meetings with their colleagues across the country to help shape a proposed $5 billion competitive program of the Obama administration to strengthen and elevate the teaching profession.  This is the RESPECT Project.

Today, a guest blogger wrote a piece for the Department of Education website asking us to “Rethink Teacher Appreciation Week“.

Locally, in a similar vein, the Public School Notebook published a couple of perspectives of teachers on Teacher Appreciation Week:

Teacher Appreciation Weekon why a teacher appreciates her teaching team.

Thoughts on Teacher Appreciation Weekon how to make teachers feel truly appreciated.

What teachers are you appreciating this week?  Who have helped shape your career and perhaps your life?

Today, I am grateful to many of my teachers, and I would like to specifically recognize Teacher Maureen Book (yes, that’s her real name!) who taught my fourth grade class in Bucks County, PA.  You encouraged our class to read, taught every student in the class how to sew and to knit, showed us how complex it was to run a small grocery store in the classroom, and taught us all about ourselves and the world.  Thank you for your support, patience and for sharing your many talents and experiences with us.

And thank you to all of our educators who are doing the hard work of building our youth into future leaders and community members!

Kindest thanks,