When Is Teacher Appreciation Week Anyway?

Teacher Appreciation Day and Week explained, plus ideas for celebrating!

School chalk board with text "Teacher Appreciation Week thank you" on gray background.

We’re firm believers that teachers deserve appreciation all year long. And we’ll take it in the form of higher salaries and stronger laws to make schools safer for everyone. But we’re fans of the official Teacher Appreciation Day and Teacher Appreciation Week too. Wondering when those holidays fall in 2024?

In 2024, Teacher Appreciation Day is May 7, 2024, and Teacher Appreciation Week runs from May 6 to May 10, 2024

Since 1984, Teacher Appreciation Week always takes place the first full week of May. Teacher Appreciation Day, on the other hand, takes place on the first Tuesday in May.

The history of Teacher Appreciation Week

Eleanor Roosevelt was actually the one to first convince Congress that we needed a dedicated period to thank teachers for their hard work. Teacher Appreciation Week began in 1953 after Roosevelt spoke before Congress. (See her writing about it here.) It wasn’t until 1980, however, that it became an official national holiday. And it was originally celebrated in March but was moved to the first full week of May in 1984.

Teacher Appreciation Week 2024ideas

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This year, Teacher Appreciation Day is May 2, 2023, and Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-12, 2023. Hooray for teachers!