Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced Monday that the Virginia Department of Education is participating in a national campaign to celebrate the importance of teachers and promote teaching as a career choice.

At the center of the campaign is “The Future Depends on Teachers,” a series of television and radio public service announcements that will air before, during and after national Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7. The spots celebrate the role of teachers in shaping the future by preparing students for success and invite viewers to consider teaching as a career. 

The public service announcements encourage viewers and listeners to visit The website automatically directs Virginia visitors to a page about teaching in the commonwealth, including information from VDOE on approved teacher preparation programs and requirements for state licensure.

The TV and radio spots were produced by TEACH, a nonprofit created by the U.S. Department of Education and Microsoft. 

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