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October 9, 2013
Celebrate American Education Week: November 12-16
American Education Week - November 18-22, 2013 - presents all Americans with the opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference by ensuring every child receives a quality education. The celebration features a special observance each day of the week.
American Education Week was created at the NEA Representative Assembly in 1921. In its resolution, the NEA called for: "An educational week... observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs."
This year's theme, "Raise your hand for student success," reflects this call to provide students with quality public schools so that they can grow, prosper, and achieve in the 21st century.
Schedule of Events:
- Monday, November 18: Kick-off Day
From national commemorations to local community events, millions of Americans celebrate public education.
- Tuesday, November 19: Parents' Day
Schools invite parents into the classroom for a hands-on experience of what the day is like for their child.
Find resources on PSEA's Parent Involvement Toolkit: www.psea.org/parents
- Wednesday, November 20: Education Support Professionals Day
Individuals who provide invaluable services to schools are recognized for their outstanding work.
- Thursday, November 21: Educator for a Day
Community leaders are invited to serve as educators to get a glimpse at a day in the life of a school employee.
- Friday, November 22: Substitute Educators Day
This day honors the educators who are called upon to replace regularly employed teachers.
History of American Education Week
The first American Education Week was celebrated in 1921. Learn more about the origins of this national event.
Visit www.nea.org/aew for more information and resources.