American Education Week: November 14-18, 2016
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Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility
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American Education Week 2016 Videos
NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia's message for an empowering American Education Week, plus students’ thoughts on their schools, educators and dreams for the future. Their answers will touch your heart. Please promote and encourage people to share on their social network.
How are you celebrating American Education Week?
- Share your plans and photos with us at AEW@nea.org!
- Celebrate with your social networks. For ideas, check out our "cheat sheet" and be sure to use #AEW2016.
Check Out 15 Awesome Conversation Starters for Kids
On Parents Day, share this listicle of “15 Awesome Questions to Generate Conversation with Your Kids.” Don’t forget to use #AEW2016 and #ptchat is the hashtag used for dialogue between parents and educators.
Find 2016 Artwork to use in your celebrations: Click here for our 2016 poster, web banners, ads and more.
- Are you or a colleague an Education Support Professional? Then check out our special guide for celebrating Education Support Professional Day.
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:
- Monday, November 14, 2016: Kickoff Day
- Tuesday, November 15, 2016: Parents Day
- Wednesday, November 16, 2016: Education Support Professionals Day
- Thursday, November 17, 2016: Educator for a Day
- Friday, November 18, 2016: Substitute Educators Day
Read more about the history of American Education Week.
American Education Week 2016 Art Work
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Download the 8.5 x 11 2016 poster here
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what does education mean?
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 to celebrate both American by filling in the blank to one or both of the following:
A great public education is ___.
This is what a great public education looks like [insert your photo].
Tweet your response, or share a short video response on Twitter, Vine, or Instagram using the hashtag #AEW2016
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