American Education Week

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American Education Week

Public schools are the cornerstone of our communities. We welcome students of all backgrounds, abilities, and incomes. We each play a role in ensuring our schools are open to all.

During American Education Week, we celebrate public education and show our appreciation for the men and women who make a difference in students' lives every day.

Join the celebration. Snap a picture that represents your pride in public schools and post it to social media using #PublicSchoolsForAll.

What is American Education Week?

American Education Week is a time for all Pennsylvanians and Americans to celebrate public education and honor the women and men who are making a difference in our schools every day.

ESP Day is Nov. 14

Send the Education Support Professionals in your neighborhood school a card to say thanks for all they do to keep our schools running and our students safe, healthy, and ready to learn.

Schedule of events

Monday, November 12
Kickoff Day 

Tuesday, November 13
Parents Day 

Wednesday, November 14
Education Support Professionals Day

Thursday, November 15
Educator for a Day

Friday, November 16
Substitute Educators Day 

Upper Darby school secretary is PSEA’s 2018 Education Support Professional of the Year

Join the celebration

Join us as we show our support for PA public schools and send the message that our schools are here for each and every student.

Just snap a picture that represents your pride in public schools and post it to your social channels using #PublicSchoolsForAll.

Find more resources

Find event ideas, suggested social media posts, videos and more at NEA's American Education Week web page.

Educator Spotlight

Andrew Vensel teaches with music

Andrew Vensel of Middletown Area High School, Dauphin County, teaches students with special needs through a music class that adapts instruction to his students’ individual needs.

This amazing program gets students involved, moving, and excited about learning.

At Gateway’s Gator Café, students learn by doing

At Gateway’s Gator Café, students with special needs learn by doing. They sell snacks, make change, and account for everything the Café offers.

That’s the vision Kara Samsa, Andrew Estok, Brooke Ruby, and Megan Petruska had when they started the program, and it’s been working ever since.

Dave Tomko’s students make robots

At Case Elementary School in Mercer County, Dave Tomko teaches his students how to build robots. Taking a cross-curricular and multi-disciplinary approach, he integrates math, science, art, literature, and history into his classroom.

Tim Smyth uses comics in the classroom

In most high school classrooms, if a student was reading a comic book, it would be taken away.

But in Tim Smyth’s social studies class at Wissahickon High School, the walls and bookshelves are filled with comics, graphic novels, figurines, and action figures.