May 6-10, 2013 is Teacher Appreciation Week. While teachers may still enjoy the gift of an apple, what they'd really like these days is some respect. The U.S. Department of Education is trying to give them some with its Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching (RESPECT) project. They involved teachers in a national conversation about transforming the teaching profession to meet the needs of the future. The results of that dialogue are discussed in more detail on the Department of Education blog. Take a look. I think you'll find it very...educational.