May 10, 2015

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week


At Learners Edge, we are privileged to work with educators who continue to amaze us and show us that they are some of the most dedicated and selfless people in the world. In honor of all of our fantastic teachers and Learners Edge customers, we at Learners Edge would like to extend our gratitude for all that you do and give you a little history about National Teacher Appreciation Week.

According to Wikipedia, In many countries,Teacher’s Days(orTeachers Day) are intended to be special days for the appreciation of teachers,and may include celebrations to honour them for their special contributions in a particular field area, or the community in general. The date on which Teachers’ day is celebrated varies from country to country. Teachers’ days are distinct from World Teachers’ Daywhich is officially celebrated across the world on October 5. [1]

The idea of celebrating Teachers’ Day took ground in many countries during the 20th century; in most cases, they celebrate a local educator or an important milestone in education (for example, Argentina has commemorated Domingo Faustino Sarmient’s death on September 11 since 1915,[2] while India celebrates Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday on September 5 since 1962 [3]). This is the primary reason why countries celebrate this day on different dates, unlike many other International Days.

For a complete list of when other countries celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day, please click here.

The NEA gives a history of National Teacher Day as follows:

** In 1944, Wisconsin teacher Ryan Krug began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers.
** In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.
** Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day.


The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day. National Teacher Day is an “unofficial” National holiday. [4]


  1.  “World Teachers’ Day, October 2”. Retrieved 2012-09-05.
  2. Jump up^ “Historia”. Retrieved2011-10-02.
  3. Jump up^ “Teachers day, Teachers Day in India – Presidents abdul speech”. Retrieved 2011-10-02.
  4. “Teachers Day”. Retrieved 2015-05-06.

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