Teacher Appreciation Day is part of the nationally-recognized National Teacher Week.
The week is celebrated during the first week in May, and National Teacher Day us celebrated on the Tuesday of that week. Teacher Appreciation Day 2014 falls on May 6.
As early as 1944, teachers called for a national day to honor educators. In 1980 the National Education Association (NEA) lobbied congress to create such a day, and March 7, 1980 was observed as National Teacher Day that year. The organization continued to celebrate the day in March each year until deciding in 1985 to change the event to the beginning of May.