Today, May 3, is National Teacher Day, first celebrated in 1953 at the urging of Eleanor Roosevelt. Now, National PTA and the National Education Association (NEA) team up to celebrate National Teacher Day and Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6) in honor of teachers and the important contributions they make.
Every day in schools across the country, teachers touch the lives of millions of children, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics*, on average, teachers work more than 52 hours a week, including 30 hours on instruction and 22 hours on tasks like preparing lessons and grading papers. At the same time, teachers work with an average of more than 20 students per class; as well as work with new students each school year.
At the UMKC School of Education, we have embraced the high calling to recruit, prepare, and support outstanding teachers, mental health professionals, and administrators who will create lifelong opportunities through education for America’s diverse urban communities.
Thank an educator for positively impacting your life and for investing in the future of our children.
*2011-12 Schools and Staffing Survey