National PTA Applauds 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes

 

Hayes and other educators from across the country honored at the White House

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (May 4, 2016) — Last evening, President Barack Obama honored Jahana Hayes as the 2016 National Teacher of the Year in a special ceremony at the White House. Hayes teaches history at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Conn. She was selected to receive the honor for her commitment to the importance of service-learning and ensuring students are prepared to achieve success in life. In addition to Hayes, other educators from across the country were also selected for personal recognition by President Obama, including Jennifer Doll-Fowler, a second-grade teacher in Omaha, Neb. and president of Nebraska PTA.

“Jahana, Jennifer and teachers like them across the country have an immense impact on the lives and futures of our nation’s children,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “National PTA congratulates Jahana on her recognition as the 2016 National Teacher of the Year and applauds her, Jennifer and all teachers for the hours they spend and efforts they make to ensure every child reaches his/her full potential and is prepared for long-term success.”

Hayes strives to send students into the world not just academically prepared but as conscientious and productive members of society. Connecting lessons learned in school to real life is an integral part of her instruction. As the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, Hayes is committed to engaging people who have not traditionally been part of the conversation to join in the effort to prepare well-rounded students for success—in school and beyond.

The National Teacher of the Year is chosen from among the State Teachers of the Year by a national selection committee representing leading education organizations, including National PTA. The National Teacher of the Year program is run by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

In addition to being a part of the National Teacher of the Year program, National PTA designates the first week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week to thank, support and elevate these real life superheroes for their important contributions and the difference they make for children nationwide.

“Our teachers give so much,” added Nathan R. Monell, CAE, executive director of National PTA. “It is vital that teachers have our support and that we honor and thank them during Teacher Appreciation Week and all year round for going above and beyond for our kids.”

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth.

Media Contact
Heidi May Wilson, National PTA
hmay@pta.org(703) 518-1242


National PTA, NEA and GoFundMe #ThankATeacher to Honor the Important Contributions of Educators Nationwide

May 2-6 marks Teacher Appreciation Week to celebrate these real-life superheroes and spotlight their impact on the lives and futures of our nation’s children

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (May 2, 2016) — Teachers touch the lives of millions of children every day, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. To thank, support and elevate teachers and the important contributions they make, National PTA, the National Education Association (NEA) and GoFundMe encourage everyone to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6) and National Teacher Day (May 3).

 

“Teachers are real life superheroes. They make an immense difference in the well-being and long-term success of children nationwide,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “As a parent, I know firsthand the profound impact that teachers have on the lives and futures of students. It is important that we honor and thank them for the countless hours they spend and steadfast efforts they make to ensure every child reaches his or her full potential—in school and beyond.”

 

During Teacher Appreciation Week, everyone is urged to recognize and thank these real-life superheroes by:

 

  • Sharing a photo or story of a special teacher in their life on social media with the hashtag #ThankATeacher
  • Sending heartfelt letters, cards and messages of appreciation
  • Creating artwork, poems and video messages
  • Recognizing teachers with awards
  • Decorating schools and teacher’s lounges
  • Hosting surprise assemblies and other events
  • Volunteering in classrooms and giving back to teachers

 

Also as part of Teacher Appreciation Week, anyone can start a GoFundMe “Thank A Teacher” fundraising campaign and garner donations from communities across the nation to help provide critical classroom supplies and materials. GoFundMe will make matching donations of $100 each to campaigns that benefit teachers and students. To be eligible for the matched donation:

 

  • GoFundMe campaign must be created by May 8 and include #ThankATeacher in the description
  • $100 in total donations must be raised
  • At least five individual donors must contribute to the campaign by May 13

 

“Our teachers give so much and often spend their own money to ensure their students have access to supplies and resources and receive the best possible education,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, executive director of National PTA. “It is vital that teachers have our support, and that we give back to them. We encourage everyone to start a GoFundMe campaign and be a superhero for a teacher.”

 

National PTA has designated the first week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week since 1984. For decades, NEA has celebrated National Teacher Day on Tuesday of the first full week of May.

 

For more information about Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day, visit PTA.org/ThankATeacher or NEA.org/TeacherDay. You can also view a special video message from National PTA President Bay and NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.

 

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

 

About NEA

The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than three million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers. 

 

Media Contact: 

Heidi May Wilson, National PTA

(703) 518-1242hmay@pta.org


Future Dates for National Convention and Legislative Conferences

National PTA has scheduled the National Convention and Legislative Conferences for future years.

National PTA Convention
2017:     June 22 – 25, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV
2018:     June 21 – 24, 2018 – New Orleans, LA

National PTA Legislative Conference
2017:     March 7 – 9, 2017 – Arlington, VA
2018:     March 13 – 15, 2018 – Arlington, VA
2019:     March 12 – 14, 2019 – Arlington, VA

Visit http://www.pta.org/events for more information.


Let the Reading Begin!

Let the Reading Begin!

girl-reads-book.jpgCelebrate National Reading Month this March with your friends at National PTA and thousands of schools across the country! With the PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle, kids, families and teachers can engage in fun literacy activities ranging from phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary.

See different activities that your local PTA can do and visit our Pinterest board for additional tools and tips!


Crisis Management: Build Your Plan, Key Messages and Media Skills

When: Tues., Feb. 23
Time: 7 p.m. EST

crisis-comm.jpgIt is important for PTAs to work proactively with the media, and at times reactively with the media. When such situations arise, it is critical to react quickly, effectively and confidently to maintain your PTA’s reputation.

Get insider tips from National PTA’s Media Relations Manager, Heidi May Wilson; Education Writer, Karla Scoon Reid; and the National School Public Relations Association.
In this webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • Assess your PTA’s potential vulnerabilities
  • Develop an internal plan of action
  • Respond to the media to manage a crisis

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