American Education Week – November 16-20 – presents a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. This year’s theme is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility,” and will be reflected in special observances each day of the weeklong celebration.
This year’s events include:
- Monday, Nov. 16: Kick-off day
- Tuesday, Nov. 17: Parents Day – Schools will invite parents into the classroom for a hands-on experience of what the day is like for their child.
- Wednesday, Nov. 18: Educational Support Professionals Day – Educational Support Professionals keep schools running and students safe, healthy and ready to learn. These individuals who provide invaluable services to schools are recognized for their outstanding work.
- Thursday, Nov. 19: Educator for a Day – Community leaders will be invited to serve as educators to get a glimpse at a day in the life of a school employee.
- Friday, Nov. 20: Substitute Educators Day – This day honors the educators who are called upon to replace regularly employed teachers.
NEA offers resources to help you make each day of this year’s celebration unique. At nea.org/aew you’ll find an online toolkit with a variety of activity ideas, resources, templates, an American Education Week poster, and downloadable materials to make planning for the week easier.