SPIE joins the National Education Association in celebrating National Teachers Day on Tuesday 5 May, as an extension of its support for education at all levels. In addition to advocacy in support of funding for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and graduate-level research projects, SPIE was a partner in developing the Hands-on Optics (HOO) program for middle-school students. The HOO program was among programs featured in Exemplary Science in Informal Education Settings: Standards-Based Success Stories, edited by Robert E. Yager and John Falk and published in 2007 by the National Science Teachers Association's NSTA Press.
Last week, President Obama highlighted the administration's emphasis on education in science, technology, and mathematics in a speech at the National Academy of Sciences. Among the educational initiatives the president discussed were a program to provide additional funds to states making strong commitments in science and math, and tripling the number of National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships. He challenged states to enhance teacher preparation and attract more qualified math and science teachers.
Every day, teachers touch the lives of students, parents, and communities in significant ways. To show appreciation for their work and dedication, National PTA celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week. Since 1984, National PTA has designated the first week in May as a time for communities nationwide to honor teachers for being a guiding force in helping children develop into healthy, happy, and successful adults. "Great Teachers Make Great Public Schools," is the enduring theme for the week-long celebration highlighting the crucial role teachers play in making sure every child receives a quality public education.
United States Teacher Day and Week information from teacher-appreciation.info
Obama redoubles push to improve science education (Science News)