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American Education Week

Raise Your Hand for Student Success

'Educators for a Day' Speak Up

Politicians, bloggers, community leaders, and others accepted the invitation to step into the classroom and see for themselves what it takes to be an educator. Find out what they learned during American Education Week:


American Education Week Tour Ends With Inspirational Message to Mississippi Students

Hinds Country Sheriff Tyrone Lewis cut an imposing figure as he sat in front of a class of fourth-graders at G.N. Smith Elementary in Jackson, Mississippi. The students stared up at the large man sitting on a stool at the front of the classroom with awe and a little bit of curiosity. Turns out, the head of all law enforcement for the state capital and surrounding county was once just like them, sitting in the very same classroom when he was in fourth grade.

“G.N. Smith Elementary got me to where I am today, and I’m here to show you that you can be anything you want to be,” said Lewis. “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. Read more here and view photos of the Sheriff Lewis' visit below.


Van Roekel: ‘Educators Keep Students Safe Every Day’

Speaking to a group of educators attending the Safe School Summit in Northampton, Massachusetts, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel noted the courage and quick-thinking of school support staff professionals like Charles Poland Jr., the Alabama school bus driver who stood off a gunman refusing his demands to turn over two young children. Poland’s courage allowed 21 students enough time to evacuate the bus before he was shot and killed.

“Every single day, ESPs are saving lives,” Van Roekel said Wednesday on National ESP Day, which is part of American Education Week. “They do it for the children. That’s their grounding force.” Read more here and see photos of the event and ESP Day below.


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WTMJ (Milwaukee) American Education Week interview with Becky Pringle

What is American Education Week?

American Education Week—November 17-21, 2014—presents 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. The weeklong celebration features a special observance each day of the week. They include:

Monday, November 17: Kickoff Day 

Nationwide Kickoff. Across the country, schools will celebrate excellence in education by hosting kickoff events and activities.

Tuesday, November 18: Parents Day

Schools will invite parents into the classroom for a firsthand look at what the school day is like for their children.

Wednesday, November 19: Education Support Professionals Day

Education Support Professionals keep schools running and students safe, healthy and ready to learn. Check out these charts to see how hard ESPs work to serve students in public schools and how committed ESPs are to both their jobs and their communities. Also watch the "It's More Than Just a Job" videos below to learn more about ESP careers. 

Raise Your Hand for Student Success: Education Support Professional Appreciation Radio Spot By 2014 ESP of the Year Donna Schulze

Thursday, November 20: Educator for a Day

Community leaders will be invited to experience the day as educators and experience the challenges of teaching and the needs of students. Learn more about this program through the Educator for a Day Promotional Kit.

Friday, November 21: Substitute Educators Day

Substitute educators play a vital role in the maintenance and continuity of daily education. Learn more about these professionals and take a look at resources and tips for substitute educators.

2014 Artwork and Materials

Celebrate American Education Week with a Pledge to Support Our Schools

Do you want smaller class sizes for students, professional respect for educators, and the resources necessary to give all children access to a great public school?

Then take our pledge to "Raise Your Hand" to support our nation's public schools--for American Education Week and beyond. Then, share the pledge with your social networks.

Save the Date!

American Education Week 2014 -- November 17-21 


Celebrate American Education Week

Celebrate American Education Week
NEA President Van Roekel reminds you to celebrate American Education Week.


Parents Day

Parents Day
NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen gives parents advice on how to prepare for their parent/teacher conference by asking viewers to remember to “P.A.S.S”: Prepare for the meeting, Ask questions, Set expectations, Stay involved.