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Kicking Off American Education Week in Austin and Las Vegas

NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen-García visits schools in Texas and Nevada who have turned failure into success.

Seeing Firsthand How Educators Are Making a Difference

Day two of American Education Week took NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen-García to Kit Carson Elementary School in Las Vegas, where she shadowed educators in several classrooms, performed lunch duty, and toured the Russell Bus Yard. She was joined by Nevada State Sen. Moises Denis, Nevada State Rep. Marilyn Kirkpatrick, and members of the media, along with Nevada State Education Association President Ruben Murillo, Jr., Clark County Education Association President Vikki Courtney, and Education Support Employee Association President John Carr.

Kit Carson Elementary illustrates how a school once labeled as “failing” can make significant gains given the right resources, professional development, and community engagement. Moreover, school leadership encourages and empowers educators to make the best decisions for their students.

View photos of the visit below.


Austin High School Gives a Lesson in Real Education Reform

Over the past 6 years, the Lanier High School’s graduation rate has soared from 50 percent to 90 percent – one of the reasons why NEA is spotlighting the school as part of its kickoff to the upcoming 2013 American Education Week. Read what's contributing to Lanier's success and how AEW's Educator for a Day program is getting the message out to community leaders.

Scenes from Lanier High School

Educator for a Day Program Participants Share Their Experiences