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Celebrate 2014 American Education Week November 17-21

Communities nationwide are joining NEA Nov. 17-21, 2014 for the 93rd celebration of American Education Week, the annual observance that honors students, teachers, education support professional, parents and community members who help students succeed.

American Education Week was born out of national concern over illiteracy and was first celebrated in 1921 with NEA, the American Legion, and the U.S. Office of Education (now known as the Department of Education) as founding cosponsors. Events take place the week before Thanksgiving and are designed to honor the hard work of students, recognize the professionalism and commitment of educators, and appreciate parents and community members who work toward quality public schools for every student.

The overarching goal of American Education Week is to generate public awareness and support for education, and that goal continues today.

This year’s theme, “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility,” reflects 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.

NEA’s top three leaders will enjoy a homecoming welcome as they’re set to return to their home states where they taught and first became involved in Association work.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García will travel to Nashville to kickoff American Education Week then she travels to Utah midweek for Education Support Professionals Day. The leader of the largest labor union in the country plans to relive her “lunch lady” days by working alongside the school’s food service workers.

Meanwhile, Vice President Rebecca “Becky” Pringle will return to Pennsylvania for an Educator for a Day event in which local notables, celebrities and elected officials will shadow teachers and ESPs on the job. She will also address the Pennsylvania State Education Association’s house of delegates Thursday evening.

Secretary-Treasurer Princess Moss will head to Virginia at the end of the week, where she’ll meet up with popular children’s author, Jeff Kinney, known for The Wimpy Kid Diaries.

The weeklong celebration will feature a special observance each day of the week, spotlighting a different aspect of school life:

  • Monday, November 17: Nationwide Kickoff: From national commemorations to local community events such as AEW house parties, millions of Americans will celebrate public education nationwide.
  • Tuesday, November 18: Parents Day: Schools will invite parents into the classroom for a hands-on experience of what the day is like for their child.
  • Wednesday, November 19: Education Support Professionals Day: Individuals who provide invaluable services to schools are recognized for their outstanding work.
  • Thursday, November 20: Educator for a Day: Community leaders will be invited to serve as educators to get a glimpse at a day in the life of a school employee.
  • Friday, November 21: Substitute Educators Day: This day honors the educators who are called upon to replace regularly employed teachers.

Go to Plan an Event for American Education Week for tips and ideas on planning your own event. Be sure to follow AEW on Facebook and Twitter with #aew2014. Check back here for reports from the AEW Tour all week long.


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