This is a bright day, a day dedicated to honoring the professionals at the helm of our classrooms, auditoriums, lunchrooms and school yards. A day in which we ask new teachers and veteran educators alike to take a bow. A day where we shine a spotlight where it is most deserved — on the folks who are the backbone of our entire public education system. A day at the end of the school year, when we all need a little reminder to look back at all we’ve accomplished.
This year’s theme is “California Teachers: Where School Innovation Begins!” Teachers are some of the most creative people I know. Who knows the countless ways to inspire learning and critical thinking? California teachers, that’s who!
So I ask you to join me in thanking a teacher! Even if you are a teacher, thank a teacher — and pay it forward!
Let’s take the time to say “Good job!” to each other. To celebrate the innovative work we do. And let your Facebook friends know it is California Day of the Teacher by using this cover image.
Dean E. Vogel
P.S.: Do you have an innovative idea for your classroom or school, but need some resources? Apply for a grant from CTA’s Institute for Teaching.