• Summer Academy
    July 20-22
    If you’re a Missouri NEA member interested in taking a leadership role in your Association, you should plan to attend the Emerging Leaders Academy on July 20-22, 2016, at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Columbia.
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  • MNEA SALT prepares leaders This summer, Missouri NEA will offer four regional trainings for experienced leaders. MNEA regional office staff will host the various Summer Association Leadership Trainings with the focus of each varying according to local affiliates needs. Find Out More >

  • Understanding Poverty
    with Dr. Ruby Payne
    Half of Missouri’s students now qualify for free or reduced lunch. What teachers do and say affects these students deeply. In this updated workshop, learn how to make a positive difference for students living in poverty.

    Register by Sept. 22.
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  • MNEA Works
    for You
    Missouri NEA membership means benefits that help you provide the best possible education for the students in your school. Backed by the resources of the more than 3 million-member NEA, MNEA members enjoy a wide range of benefits that no other organization can match. Find Out More >

  • Join MNEA
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    Join Missouri NEA now as a first-time active member*, and you will receive early enrollment benefits FREE between April 1 and Aug. 31. As an early enrollee, you will have reduced dues and you do not begin paying until September. Join the organization working for you.    Find Out More >

National Teacher Appreciation Week

National Teacher Day

National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6, 2016.

Great teachers make great public schools. On National Teacher Day, May 3, 2016 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.

Thank a Teacher

National Teacher Day, which falls during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6, 2016), is a wonderful opportunity to remind the larger community of the value teachers bring to the lives of children. It is also the perfect opportunity for school boards, school administrators, community members and students to salute and thank those who touch the lives of children through teaching.

To help you celebrate . . .



History of 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. Woodridge 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 (KS) 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. 


 

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