It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!
Teachers deserve our appreciation, particularly in a state with big teacher turnover and a shortage of qualified teachers in our schools. An educator from the blog weareteachers.com is asking families to skip the mug this year and consider a list of more helpful items to show your appreciation for teachers in Utah. What tops the list is supportive messages from students and parents as well as jovial requests for #teamjeans and free coffee.
But what the list also makes clear is that teachers desire stable school budgets and access to supplies.
Besides purchasing supplies and gift cards, how can you help secure school budgets?
1) Save the Date for Education Interim Committee meetings and e-mail committee members to say you support increased school funding. Check the Interim Education Committee meeting schedule here.
2) Write to your State School Board and School District Board Representative to let them know you see a need for increased teacher and paraeducator salaries. Often, increases in fundings go to one time purchases or programs but the largest expenditure at all schools is salaries and it should be recognized as a need. Learn more about paraprofessionals and the teacher shortage here.
3) Commit to joining a parent teacher organization or School Community Council (SCC) at your school so you an continue to have an active role in supporting neighborhood schools. Every school in Utah has an SCC page with more details and many struggle to have enough parent involvement to follow statutory rules.