Working in early childhood education is anything but easy.
From being underpaid and overworked, to having to go on strike to be listened to (and still not being heard), early learning professionals haven’t had it easy.
And that was before the pandemic.
Since 2020, teachers have dealt with switching to distance teaching overnight, creating entirely new resilience protocols, and struggling to reassure parents it’s safe to send their children back to school.
It’s a lot.
But no matter what challenges preschool teachers have faced over the past few years, their strength, resilience and dedication has only grown in response.
It’s time to recognize your teachers for the heroes they are.
With Teacher Appreciation Week just around the corner, we’re celebrating by offering ECE leaders some practical ways to honor teachers beyond the lip-service gestures and show them they truly matter (even from a distance).
Before we dive into our list of awesome ways to celebrate ECE teachers, let’s have a quick recap on what Teacher Appreciation Week is all about.
Officially started in 1980, Teacher Appreciation Week (TAW) is a weeklong celebration of the incredible work of teachers and their contributions to education and society.
While we’ll be focusing on preschool teachers in this article, Teacher Appreciation Week is a celebration for all teachers at all levels.
Teacher Appreciation Week is always held in the first full week of May. This year it’s May 3rd to May 7th.
There’s no way to sugarcoat it: Teacher Appreciation Week during quarantine is a different ballgame. So we’ve drilled down on some of the best remote ways to celebrate this year.
Here are the top 10 ways to start planning your virtual Teacher Appreciation Week and show your employees you have their backs (even when you can’t physically give them a pat on the back).
Teachers are tired of empty promises and often feel unappreciated—it’s time to show you truly understand what they’re going through by creating a culture of advocacy within your school.
A shocking 90% of teachers buy up to $500 of their own teaching supplies each year.
This needs to stop.
Plan a virtual school fundraiser to raise some extra spending money for classrooms this Teacher Appreciation Week, and show teachers you understand their practical needs.
Here are a few virtual fundraiser ideas to get your community raising those all-important funds:
Teacher Appreciation Week is all about showing teachers you understand their challenges and that you appreciate them enough to help out.
Spend some time creating a help-out pack to make teachers’ lives easier. From premade lesson plans to helpful training videos, the pack should contain everything that will make TAW an easier week for your employees.
Teacher appreciation shouldn’t just be confined to this one week—it’s a great opportunity to kick off fun projects that show how much you care all year round.
A ‘Teacher Feature’ in your newsletter or virtual bulletin board is a great year-round project to shine the spotlight on individual employees each week or month.
Include some info about them, their teaching philosophy, and why they’re appreciated. A quote from one or two students is another great way to show them they’re loved.
With today's educators experiencing twice as much work stress as other US employees, streamlining your systems is one of the most impactful actions you can take to help your employees this Teacher Appreciation Week.
The right child care management platform can reduce admin duties by up to 75% (and save around $366 per month), giving teachers more time for what they do best: connecting with children.
After a lonely year, we could all do with a hug—even if it’s a virtual one. 🤗
Here’s how to create a virtual hug to remember and show teachers how much they’re loved:
Teacher Appreciation Week is about the whole community showing teachers their love—that includes ECE leaders, families, children, and other stakeholders too.
As center director, it’s your job to inform your community about the event and give them the opportunity to come up with their own Teacher Appreciation Week ideas.
Make it as easy as possible for them to get involved by sharing a Teacher Appreciation Week pack, filled with a full explanation of what TAW is, ideas on how they can get involved, and even shareable social media posts to help spread the love.
One of the best ways to show your teachers you care, is to give them a platform to have their voices heard.
With everything that’s been going on since Covid hit, many teachers struggle to find the time to share their thoughts—now’s your chance to change all that.
Teacher’s love gifts from students during Teacher Appreciation Week, but as an ECE leader you can show how much you appreciate them by giving your own gift too.
Remember, although a box of chocolates might give your teachers that warm fuzzy feeling, don’t use this option as a fallback. Your teachers need more from you this year, so back up your appreciation with action (like advocating for policy change).
Classes may be distanced this year, but thanks to technology they’re still close in spirit.
Use online channels to share your personal appreciation for the incredible work your teachers have put in this year.
Whether you choose to share your words on paper, on video (or via the MomentPath Message Center 😉), be open, honest, and show teachers you truly mean what you say.
This past year has been a rollercoaster for teachers already struggling in underpaid and overworked roles—and Teacher Appreciation Week is the perfect opportunity to show them you get it.
So this year, opt for Teacher Appreciation Week ideas that will actually make an impact. From creating a culture of change, to running a virtual feedback station, there are a million and one ways to show you’re there for your teachers (even from a distance).
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
Ready to show your teachers they’re worth it? Join the hundreds of ECE companies already cutting admin time with MomentPath today.