This Teacher Appreciation Week, Teachers Tell Us Three Things They Need.

For a brief moment, in the spring of 2020, something incredible happened for teachers: Their workplace looked like that of other professionals, with zooms and Google meets. And for the first time in a long time, teachers were universally recognized as the heroes they are. Millions of people saw, in real-time, the work teachers were doing and simultaneously understood the work teachers had been doing all along not only to teach their kids but to keep them mostly happy and motivated.

For teachers, the pandemic really was the great equalizer. Until it wasn’t.

By the fall, the pandemic went from being the great equalizer to something quite the opposite. As most white-collar professionals stayed at home in the covid version of a mullet (business on top, pajamas on the bottom), many teachers around the country went back to school, teaching students in classrooms while trying to still reach the students who remained at home.

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