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American Education Week: November 13-19, 2016

Get to Know Your Education Support Professionals!

Today we celebrate our nation's school support staff and their tireless work in meeting the needs of the whole student. See how Native American specialist Cecil Crawford is addressing a critical need by helping to lower the dropout rate at his school.

How are you celebrating American Education Week?

Share your plans and photos with us at!

If you're on social media, be sure to use #AEW2016. 

2015 Artwork: Click here for our 2015 poster, web banners, ads and more.

What is American Education Week?

American Education Week—November 14-18, 2016—will present all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.

2016's theme, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility," was reflected in special observances each day of the 2016 weeklong celebration:

Read more about the history of American Education Week.

Online Q&A: The Power of Teacher-Parent Relationships For Student Success

laptop with coffee cupOur Q&A has ended, but you can still visit our Facebook page and read through the great advice and discussion between parents and educators. Weigh in with your own ideas and keep the conversation going! Read more here.

NEA's American Education Week in the Media

Follow national media coverge of NEA's AEW2015 Tour all week long for the latest news and highlights from celebrations across the nation.   


AEW in Photos


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Coming This Fall...

American Education Week
November 13-19, 2016

Education Support Professionals Day
November 16, 2016

Substitute Educators Day
November 18, 2016

Coming in 2017...

NEA's Read Across America Day
Thursday, March 2, 2017

National Teacher Day
May 9, 2017

National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7-13, 2017


Fill in the blank: “Education means…”

Every student deserves a great public education, but what exactly does that mean? We want to hear it in your words! Share your thoughts with the NEA Foundation this week to celebrate both American and International Education Week by filling in the blank to one or both of the following:
Public education means ___.
Global education means ___.

Tweet your response, or share a short video response on Twitter, Vine, or Instagram using the hashtag #educatortalks and either #AEW2015 or #IEW2015.