In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5-9, 2014) CTQ launched #TeachingIs, a social media effort to challenge stereotypes and recognize teaching as the complex work it is. Started by Hillsborough County, Florida teachers Julie Hiltz and Jaraux Washington, the movement has inspired teachers across the country to take to social media to set the record straight and elevate perceptions of the profession one tweet at a time. As of May 12, the #TeachingIs hashtag had been used more than 5,000 times reaching more than 3 million people across social media.
Teachers shared their definitions and stories, small (and big!) wins, and manifestos via the hashtag #TeachingIs. Read what teachers have been saying about what it means to be a teacher here. Teachers also shared their stories in six words through a partnership with Six Word Memoirs by SMITH Magazine.
The movement has received widespread media coverage in outlets including The Washington Post's The Answer Sheet, The Huffington Post Education and Impact blogs, Education Week Teacher and their Teaching Ahead Roundtable, EdSurge, Mind/Shift KQED, the Alliance for Excellent Education blog, Moms Rising, Talks with Teachers, EduTalk Radio, The Jeff Santos Show on Revolution Radio, WUNC North Carolina Public Radio, WUSF Florida Public Radio, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards blog.