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California's 2019 Day of the Teacher is May 8





California owes much of its success to its public schools, colleges and universities that produce the scientists, technicians, engineers, and educated workforce. Teachers are deeply committed to the success of every student. Educators have many extraordinary skills they pull from to reach and teach students. Your neighborhood educators are advocates, inventors and problem solvers. Teachers are listeners, explorers, role models, motivators and mentors. They are idealists and dreamers, debaters and negotiators, adventurers and mediators. Although one teacher can be influential, life changing, even, for a student, it takes the entire school community -- Education Support Professionals, K-12 teachers, college faculty and parents -- to provide the public education all of our students deserve.

This year we will capture and share the great work educators do on a daily basis to help students succeed. Together, we make a difference in the lives of our students. Together, we provide the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. Together, we make sure they have the skills they need for a bright future.

California’s Day of the Teacher has its roots in the community and is patterned after the celebration of the traditional “El Dia del Maestro,” which is observed in Mexico and Latin America countries. Our California’s Day of the Teacher arose out of legislation co-sponsored by CTA and the Association of Mexican American Educators in 1982. Since then, this event honors the instructional excellences in our public schools, community colleges and universities.

California communities share our goals for quality public schools and recognize public education is the cornerstone for strong communities. Students are at the center of everything we do and as committed, caring education professionals, we look forward to building relationships with parents, community organizations, local businesses, other unions, the faith community and senior citizens. We are all part of a community and we will best succeed when we work together.

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