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Sample Educator for a Day Letter to the Media

[Insert date]

Dear Media Representative:

On Thursday, November 19, 2009, [insert school name] will be participating in the National Education Association's Educator for a Day program. The initiative, part of NEA's 88th annual American Education Week celebration taking place November 15—21, invites community leaders into classrooms to serve as educators for a day so that they can experience firsthand the needs of today's students and the challenges of working in a school environment.

[Insert school name] will pair visiting prominent local public figures, including [insert community members' names/titles] with a "host educator" for a complete day's activities. This program has been very successful in many communities as it enhances understanding among educators and community leaders and underscores the need for adequate staffing, materials, and facilities for students and educators.

Educator for a Day also reinforces American Education Week's tagline, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility." The tagline represents NEA's vision of calling upon all Americans to do their part in making public schools great for every child so that they can grow and achieve in the 21st century.

We encourage you to cover [insert school name]'s Educator for a Day activities to help us spread the word about the impact community members can make on the lives of students. For more information on American Education Week and Educator for a Day, please visit or contact [insert contact name and information].

Thank you in advance for your consideration.


[Insert name and title]