We all know that great teachers can make a world of difference. They are the single most important factor in the academic success of our children, yet their work is difficult, the pay is low, and appreciation is rarely acknowledged.

Through the Hats Off to Teachers program, local retailers can extend their appreciation to dedicated local teachers like you with exclusive discounted goods and services. Click here for a list of discounts specifically for teachers and please check back often—we will be adding even more companies offering discounts soon.

This is an initiative brought to you by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. To find out how you can help make Silicon Valley the most desirable destination for teachers, e-mail Lisa Bruner at bruner@jointventure.org.