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May 7, 2009
National Teacher Appreciation Week Statement
Statement by Susan Castillo, Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction on Teacher Appreciation Week
SALEM - “It is my pleasure to recognize the tireless efforts of Oregon teachers as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week. The most vital component in education has, and always will be, our teachers. We can work diligently for the components that go into educating our youth: high standards, a relevant and rigorous curriculum, strong support systems and adequate funding.
“However, research is clear that the most important impact on student achievement is the teacher. Our teachers guide, inspire and nurture our students each and every day. Our teachers are providing great leadership on delivering instruction that is moving Oregon towards the goal we have set for our state—success for each and every student.
“While we still have much work to do, our dropout rates continue to decrease and our students continue to show improvement in reading, writing, math, and science. Academic performance is rising for children on the wrong side of the “achievement gap” – our Hispanic, African American, and Native American students, as well as for economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities.
“Oregon teachers know education is the pathway to success in the 21st Century and that we must raise our expectations and deliver more support to our students. As the nation celebrates the hard work of teachers this week, I want to personally thank each and every Oregon teacher for striving to make every student, every day a success. You are an inspiration to us all!”
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