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Teacher Appreciation Week 2012

May 7-11 marks Teacher Appreciation Week. People across the nation are taking the time to honor their favorite educators and discuss the state of the teaching profession.


  1. This week, students, parents, administrators, political officials, and others shared their admiration for teachers. Many have taken to Twitter to express their gratitude, often encouraging others to do the same. 
  2. As part of its National Teachers Intiative, StoryCorps has compiled a series of conversations between teachers and the students whose lives they have touched. Listen to one of their stories below and hear the rest here
  3. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan shares his appreciation for teachers in a Huffington Post opinion piece. Check out the piece below and read his Open Letter to American Teachers, published by Education Week last year. 
  4. Not all of the tweets about Teacher Appreciation Week were glowing. Some expressed cynicism.