Planning for American Education Week

AEW 1American Education Week (AEW) spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great.

This year’s theme, Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility, reflects the NEA's challenge to America to provide students with quality public schools so that they can grow, prosper, and achieve in the 21st century. Add that to PSEA’s The Power of a Great Education, and you’ve got a winning combination.

In 2009, the 88th annual American Education Week will take place November 15 - 21. Each day during the week spotlights a different aspect of school life:

  • Monday, November 16: Open House Day. From national commemorations to local community events, millions of Americans celebrate public education.
  • Tuesday, November 17: Parents Day. Schools invite parents into the classroom for a hands-on experience of what the day is like for their child.
  • Wednesday, November 18: Education Support Professionals Day. Individuals who provide invaluable services to schools are recognized for their outstanding work.
  • Thursday, November 19: 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 20: Substitute Educators Day. This day honors the educators who are called upon to replace regularly employed teachers.

The NEA has created an Online Toolkit to Plan American Education Week events.

Use the toolkit to find this year’s AEW artwork, resources for parents and ideas to jump start your celebration. You can also share your plans with other members around the country.


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