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Celebrating Day of the Teacher

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, every year in May  we honor the instructional excellence in our public schools, community colleges and universities. 


California Teachers: Inspiring Generations

May 13 is the California Day of the Teacher and this year’s theme is California Teachers: Inspiring Generations. Many California educators, K-14, have been providing the quality public education all of our students deserve for generations. Parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, children – all come to together to make a difference in the lives of California students.


How to Participate

Educators, parents, community organizations and education supporters can all participate in the California Day of the Teacher. 

  • Use hashtags #DayOfTheTeacher and #InspiringGenerations on social media to thank a teacher.
  • Do you know a teacher who is retiring this year? Thank them publicly for what they’ve done to educate our students.
  • Share the Day of the Teacher poster on social media.
  • Sign a proclamation thanking teachers.
  • E-mail a teacher who has touched your life.
  • Send us your ideas!


Day of the Teacher Resources & Overview of the Day’s Events


This Year’s Poster

CTA is pleased to announce that social justice artist Ricardo Morales designed this year’s California Day of the Teacher poster.


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