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Get ready for three special days in May:

  • California Day of the Teacher, May 10;
  • National School Nurse Day, May 10;
  • CTA ESP Day, May 16.

Our 2023 theme for these days is California Educators: Planting seeds, inspiring students and future educators, a nod to the key role educators play not only in nurturing their students, but as mentors and guides for new and rising members of the profession. You’ll find a fold-out poster at the back of the print magazine and also a digital version here.

Show your appreciation for the work educators do to teach and inspire our students and to keep our schools safe and healthy. A few ways to demonstrate support:

  • Post the poster in your classroom or school hallway!
  • Have students make and deliver cards to their school educators.
  • Consider food, gift cards and other items to make the days special.
  • Use hashtags in school and chapter social media messages of gratitude: #DayoftheTeacher, #SchoolNurseDay and #ESPDay.

Find resources and more ideas here.

This year’s poster illustrator is Favianna Rodriguez, an Oakland-based artist and social justice activist. She is offering additional content for teachers, including a poster template that can be downloaded for student/educator use, a guide to making effective and powerful posters with example slides, and a short video on her inspiration for the 2023 poster (all available at

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