Sample Educator for a Day Press Release
For Immediate Release
[Insert contact name)
[Insert phone number]
PROMINENT LOCAL LEADERS WILL BE EDUCATORS FOR A DAY AT [INSERT SCHOOL]
Event is Part of the National Education Association's American Education Week
[City, State]—Prominent local leaders, including [insert names/titles] will serve as Educators for a Day at [insert school name] on Thursday, November 19, 2009, as part of the National Education Association's 88th annual American Education Week celebration taking place November 15—21. Guest educators will experience school activities firsthand under the guidance of a cooperating school employee.
"We are proud to participate in Educator for a Day during NEA's American Education Week," said [insert name/title]. "The event presents an excellent opportunity for elected officials to see what today's students and schools are all about. Education has changed greatly since most of us went to school, and it is important for the community to understand those changes in order to plan effectively for meeting the future needs of our students."
[Insert paragraph with additional details and highlights of your activity.]
Educator for a Day is part of a nationwide effort to draw attention to 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.
[Insert organization's name]'s activities are in partnership with NEA, the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.
About American Education Week
NEA's American Education Week presents all Americans with an opportunity to honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. The weeklong celebration spotlights the different people who are critical in building great public schools for the nation's 50 million K-12 students. American Education Week's celebration days include:
- Monday, November 16: Open House Day. From national commemorations to local events, Americans will celebrate public education.
- Tuesday, November 17: 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 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 will be invited to serve as educators to get a glimpse of 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.
To help plan and promote American Education Week's celebration days, NEA is offering an online toolkit, complete with promotional materials, activity ideas, and downloadable templates. For more information on American Education Week and to download material from the toolkit, visit www.nea.org/aew.
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