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American Education Week: November 13-17, 2017


Celebrating the ESP Heroes in Our Schools



Public schools: We are here for all


From Lilysblackboard: NEA President Lily Eskelesen Garcia discusses the importance of American Education Week 2017 and why 'it’s time to show our public school pride to the world'.


Join Our #PublicSchoolsForAll Campaign!

Public schools are the cornerstone of our communities. We welcome students of all backgrounds, abilities and incomes, and each of us plays a role in ensuring our schools are open to all. This month, during American Education Week, it’s time for us to show our public school pride to the world.

Help us demonstrate that our public schools are here for each and every student — help us show that no matter the circumstance, everyone is welcome and all deserve the support, tools, and time to learn. To join us, just snap a picture that represents your pride in public schools and post it to your social channels using #PublicSchoolsForAll

Together, we’ll show what makes our public schools some of the best in the world: all of us, each of us.



American Education Week 2017 Artwork is here!


Plan your 2017 AEW events with our new visuals for social media, web, posters, and more!  Click here to download your AEW art. 




How are you celebrating American Education Week?


  • Celebrate with your social networks. For ideas, check out our "cheat sheet" and be sure to use #AEW2017.
  • Check Out 15 Awesome Conversation Starters for Kids
    On Parents Day, share this listicle of “15 Awesome Questions to Generate Conversation with Your Kids.” Don’t forget to use #AEW2017 and #ptchat is the hashtag used for dialogue between parents and educators.

  • Find 2017 Artwork to use in your celebrations: Click here for our 2017 poster, web banners, ads and more.

  • Are you or a colleague an Education Support Professional? Then check out our special guide for celebrating Education Support Professional Day.



What is American Education Week?


American Education Week—November 13-17, 2017—will present all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.

2017's theme will be reflected in special observances each day of the 2017 weeklong celebration:

  • Monday, November 13, 2017: Kickoff Day
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Parents Day
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Education Support Professionals Day
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017: Educator for a Day
  • Friday, November 17, 2017: Substitute Educators Day

Read more about the history of American Education Week.


Education Support Professionals: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student

Through the eyes of Sofi, a middle school student, see how Education Support Professionals (ESP) make a difference in the lives of their students, both in and out of the classroom.

Celebrating ESP Day in Photos



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Coming this year...

American Education Week
November 13-17, 2017

Coming in 2018...

NEA's Read Across America Day
Friday, March 2, 2018

National Teacher Day
May 8, 2018

National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7-11, 2018

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