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Educator for a Day 2015

Educator for a Day, Thursday November 19, 2015, is a National Education Association (NEA) program that allows individuals from the community to experience an entire school day, with the guidance of school employees. The visiting educator performs all the duties of a regular school employee in a normal work day—teaching class, performing lunch and corridor duty, recess supervision, working in the cafeteria, among other responsibilities.

The program, originally developed by the Massachusetts Teachers Association, enhances understanding among educators and community leaders. In addition, it demonstrates to public officials and other decisionmakers, the successes and challenges our educators face and underscores the need for adequate staffing, materials, and facilities for students.

These bloggers accepted our invitation to step into the classroom, roll up their sleeves, and see for themselves what it takes to be an educator. Here are their thoughts:

American Education Week

Jenny Eckton is a musician, triathlete, mom, and blogger.  During American Education Week, Eckton joined NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia and education leaders in Utah for ESP Day. In American Education Week, Eckton walks us through her day of appreciation for ESP's, including a set of fun photos working alongside the Lunch Ladies at Odyssey Elementary School, where she donned gloves, a hair net, and got right to work! 

Remembering Mrs. Cole: American Education Week

Blogger Jessica Urgelles joined NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia and other education leaders in Nashville to kick off American Education Week. In Remembering Mrs. Cole: American Education Week, Urgelles describes her inspiration to reflect upon the lasting impact of one special educator on a community and on her. Urgelles, also a photographer, shares some impactful images from her AEW experience.

Celebrating AEW2014 With Jeff Kinney and NEA

On Substitute Educators Day at Francis Scott Key Elementary in Arlington, Va., blogger Thien-Kim Lam shadowed a 5th grade math teacher and watched an awestruck student assembly absorb every word from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" author Jeff Kinney. In Celebrating American Education Week with Jeff Kinney and NEA, Lam explains how the entire experience humbled her and motivated her to voluteer at her child's school. 

Celebrating Substitutes and "Wimpy Kid" Author

In NEA Celebrates Substitutes and Welcomes Wimpy Kid Author Jeff Kinney, blogger Tonia Sanders recounts her experience on Substitute Educators Day at Francis Scott Key Elementary School in Arlington Va. Her passionate recap covers shadowing VEA president Meg Gruber, meeting Jeff Kinney, and being reminded about just how important substitutes and all educators are.

How Parents Can Support Teachers

Blogger Michelle Hernandez participated in Educator for a Day at Southwest Elementary in San Antonio, TX. In How Parents Can Support Teachers - My Educator for a Day Experience, she discusses the eye-opening time spent shadowing a 4th grade teacher, meeting NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia,  and how parents can support teachers - even if they don't have time to volunteer in a classroom. 



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