What is the Teachers Are More Campaign?

In Duval County, 40-50 percent of the teachers in our district leave the teaching profession within the first seven years of beginning their careers and universities have seen decreases in enrollment for education degrees. This teacher shortage is not unique to Duval County or even to the state of Florida as national statistics show states all over the United States struggle to staff their classrooms and to recruit students in postsecondary education programs to prepare them for a career in the classroom.

To be a teacher is to be a public servant. By elevating and expanding the reach of stories of incredible teachers and of those who have been impacted by an incredible teacher, we hope to alter the perception of the teaching profession, increasing public support for the invaluable educators in our city with the hope that if teachers feel valued in their roles, schools will be able to retain more high-quality teachers.  

Whether they’re arriving early to help students prep for a test or staying up late to grade papers, we all know teachers’ days don’t begin and end when the bell rings. Our Teachers Are More than instructional experts and often go above and beyond the call of duty - they’re friends, mentors, support systems and caretakers who shape young lives. Teachers lay the foundation for what our city is and what it has the potential to be.


How can you help? 

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Local Artists:  Whether they’re arriving early to help students prep for a test or staying up late to grade papers, we all know teachers’ days don’t begin and end when the bell rings. Our Teachers Are More than instructional experts and often go above and beyond the call of duty - they’re friends, mentors, support systems and caretakers who shape young lives. Teachers lay the foundation for what our city is and what it has the potential to be. 

We invite local artists to create around this topic. 

Selected artists will have an opportunity to sell their work and will receive a $100 stipend. Pieces selected by a jury will become part of a traveling interactive exhibit that will be unveiled at the 2018 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year EDDY Awards, Friday, Feb. 2.

Art transcends barriers and brings communities together. By uniting to strengthen the systems that support child development, we are living up to our shared responsibility to make our city a place where all children can learn, grow and become responsible citizens themselves.

Submissions are due by Jan. 12 with canvas drop-off at the Jacksonville Public Education Fund offices (40 East Adams Street) every Friday from 9 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Duval County Public School students:  

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Think about your favorite teacher. Besides helping you to be a successful student in school, how else did (s)he affect you as a person, in your life at home and/or in your future career? 

Using the question above, send us a creative project! It can be 2-minute video (shot horizontally), creative or analytical essay, poetry, visual art, photography or other. Be creative! You could win one of several $50 gift cards and/or the chance to present your work at the 2018 EDDY Awards!

Email your work to StudentVoice@jaxpef.org by 11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. 

 

Jacksonville residents from all walks of life: We invite you to reflect on the impact a teacher has had in your life. Use the following questions as a guide:

  • What is your name? What do you do? 
  • Growing up, who was the teacher that had the biggest impact in your life?
  • Why is it important for kids today to have that same kind of support?
  • If your teacher was standing in front of you today, what would you want him/her to know? What would you say to this person who was so influential in your life? 

We want YOU to help us reach 100,000 messages of thanks on social media to show our teachers that we know about and appreciate all of the hard work they do to ensure that students grow into responsible citizens who can contribute in meaningful ways to our great city! Share your response on your personal Facebook or Twitter using the #JaxThanksATeacher. Make sure the privacy settings on that post are set to public, and tag @JaxPEF.

You could be featured on our Facebook or Twitter or even become part of an interactive traveling exhibit!  

Questions? Contact Charmaine Campo, Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications, at Charmaine@jaxpef.org for more information.