Recapping 2020 Teacher Appreciation Week in the Pac-12
May 4-8, 2020
To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and in an effort to provide further support for teachers utilizing distance learning techniques across the Pac-12 footprint and beyond, the Pac-12 provided a digital workbook for elementary-aged children.
The Activity Book is a fun and free resource aimed towards contributing to teachers adaptation to remote learning. The book was shared on the College Football Playoffs Extra Yard for Teachers resource guide webpage along with the Pac-12 website and school districts across the Pac-12 footprint.
University Mascot / Cheer Surprise Teachers
In partnership between The College Football Playoffs Extra Yard for Teachers and the Pac-12 Conference, the Universities identified teachers in their local communities that have gone above and beyond as they pivoted from in class to distance learning.
— Colorado Buffaloes (@CUBuffs) May 8, 2020
For #TeacherAppreciationWeek, @SwoopHawk surprised Laleh Ghotbi with Backman Elementary School on a Zoom call! The Pac-12 and @UUtah awarded her a $500 gift card for going above and beyond in the transition to distance learning. pic.twitter.com/dL1FAbi1L3
— Utah Athletics (@utahathletics) May 7, 2020
During Teacher Appreciation week (May 4th - 8th), Universities collaborated with local school’s administration to organize surprise visits to the deserving teachers while they Zoom’d with their classes. Mascots, cheer team members and even a Head Basketball Coach surprised teachers with at $500 Donor’s Choose Gift Card to use in an effort in aiding their extraordinary efforts in remote teaching.
Last week, I had the opportunity to surprise Mrs. Poort with $500 on behalf of @uwathletics @pac12 and @cfpextrayard ! A huge thank you to all the great teachers out there! #TeacherAppreciationWeek #WOOF pic.twitter.com/xBHk7IROo9
— Harry The Husky (@HarryTheHusky) May 6, 2020
I had the honor of gifting Ms. Warburton a little something to help her best teach from home during quarantine. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all teachers out there! @CalAthletics @CFPExtraYard @Pac12Network #TeacherAppreciationWeek pic.twitter.com/Z0prGZCv5W
— Oski (@Oski) May 8, 2020
Content from the “Zoom Bombs” and surprises were posted on University social media platforms and amplified by both the The College Football Playoffs Extra Yard for Teachers handles and the Pac-12 outlets.
Teacher Appreciation Week Twitter Highlights
The Pac-12 circled back to check in on teachers that we partnered with leading into the 2019 Football Championship Game to celebrate the The College Football Playoffs Extra Yard for Teachers program.
When asked how they are coping with the adjustment to distance learning, teachers stated that they are getting creative; utilizing Zoom calls, digitally sharing students' artwork, and sending their students supplies such as playing cards and crayons in an effort to adapt to these trying times.
To thank the Teachers for all they’ve done to alter how they educate and to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, 3 of the 7 teachers highlighted were drawn at random to receive a $500 Donors Choose gift card to aid in their remote teaching needs.