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A Month to Honor Educators

Each May, we recognize the vital contributions of California teachers, school nurses and education support professionals. The 2022 theme is “California Educators: At the Heart of Communities, Powering Our Future.


Education Support Professionals (ESPs) make up one-third of the entire education workforce, and our schools could not run without them. This year’s celebration is on May 17.

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Day of the Teacher

California celebrates Day of the Teacher on May 11, 2022. The event is modeled after the traditional “El Dia del Maestro,” which is observed in Mexico and Latin American countries.

Our California Day of the Teacher arose out of legislation co-sponsored by CTA and the Association of Mexican American Educators in 1982. Since then, each May we honor instructional excellence in our public schools, community colleges and universities.

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National School Nurse Day

National School Nurse Day is also on May 11. The celebration recognizes the contributions school nurses make every day to improve the safety, health, and academic success of all students.

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