Press Release

WHAT: The Illinois Education Association (IEA) will hold a weeklong, virtual celebration for Illinois teachers coinciding with National Teacher Appreciation Week.

WHEN: National Teacher Appreciation Week 2020 is May 4-8. To kickoff the virtual celebration, the IEA created a Zoom background for Illinois students to use during their remote learning classes to #ThankATeacherIL.

On Tues., May 5, the IEA will make an important announcement on its Facebook page on plans to address the ongoing teacher shortage and supports for educators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the week, we encourage students, parents and the community to thank their teachers on social media using the hashtag #ThankATeacherIL.

WHERE: The IEA will be sharing daily prompts on its Facebook page to celebrate teachers virtually.

NOTE: The #ThankATeacherIL Zoom background is available for download. Additional details regarding the announcement to combat the teacher shortage to follow.


The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.