Appreciates Teachers!

Did you have a favorite teacher growing up? Many people have been influenced or inspired by a teacher, at school, college or elsewhere. In May, we observe Teach Appreciation Month, so it's a good time to remember the teachers we have encountered and thank them for the role they had in shaping our and our children's minds. wants to celebrate teachers and share some professional development resources just for them.

For teachers interested in international opportunities, the U.S. Department of State offers a number of programs:

  • Educational Seminars for Teachers and Educational Administrators aim to improve teachers' understanding of international educational practices and approaches.
  • The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program provides eligible middle and high school teachers with the opportunity to participate in a professional development course and international exchanges in an effort to globalize U.S. classrooms.
  • The Fulbright Teacher Exchange, one of several Fulbright Programs, provides U.S. primary and secondary school teachers the opportunity to go abroad for periods of three to six months to conduct research, take courses, and lead master classes or seminars for teachers and students.


Are you a teacher looking for a home? The Good Neighbor Next Door Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), helps teachers and members of certain other professions purchase a home in a HUD revitalization area by offering qualified purchasers a 50 percent discount on the price of homes listed in HUD's inventory.

Finally, there are also programs that can help you earn a graduate degree. The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Program offers two types of fellowships to support graduate study, one of which is geared toward teachers. These "Senior Fellowships" are awarded to teachers who wish to undertake work for a graduate degree on a part-time basis through summer or evening classes. Certain master's degrees are eligible, like a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) or a Masters of Education (MEd) with a concentration in either American history or American government, among other academic programs.

If you're a teacher, there are many benefits available on to help you improve your skills and take some professional development courses. The programs highlighted in this article are just a few of the many benefits on our site. We encourage you to take the Benefit Finder questionnaire to see what benefits you may be eligible to receive. Thank you, teachers, for all that you do! This is an image of a teacher in her classroom.