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2013 American Education Week Highlights

From school tours to media tours, NEA celebrates American Education Week with style.

'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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