Period. The End.
Sir Ken Robinson said it best when he said that teachers are the lifeblood of the school, and without them, schools will fail. It doesn't matter how good the principal is or how great the master schedule and resources are, teachers ultimately are the ones who make the kids successful.
Last year, I wrote a post called 26 Traits of Terrific Teachers to recognize and celebrate the wonderful traits that our teachers possess to help very child learn. But if you really think about it, all educators (teachers, aides, leaders, counselors, etc.) are HEROES. In fact, they are superheroes because they don't just teach kids and content. They save kids. They sacrifice every single day to lead kids to a prosperous future. When I think of what educators do, I am always reminded of the song, "Heroes", by Casting Crowns. It is a perfect example of who and what our teachers and educators are.
Challenge - Celebrate your Superheros
This week, I encourage you to tell, show and promote to the world the fact that all of your schools' educators are essential to every student's success. Reward them. Pamper them, but most importantly give them the reassurance that what they do matters. They must hear, see and feel that what they are doing is essential because what they are doing is saving the future of our nation. After all, our future is sitting in every desk in every school, and the only people who can protect that future are our the superheroes who serve those students every day.