Kristen Pekarek

Raise Your Hand, It’s American Education Week

American Education WeekThis week—November 18–22—whole child partner National Education Association, along with partners National Parent Teacher Association, American Association of School Administrators, National School Boards Association, American School Counselor Association, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, will observe American Education Week.

Always celebrated the week prior to Thanksgiving, the weeklong celebration provides an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference to ensure that every child receives a quality education. Each day of the week will have a specific focus, including

Tuesday, November 19: Parents Day

For Parents Day, schools across the nation invite parents into the classroom to experience firsthand what a school day is like for their child. The initiative is designed to spotlight the importance of parental involvement. Ongoing research shows that parental involvement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism, and restores parents' confidence in their children's education.

Wednesday, November 20: Education Support Professionals Day

Education Support Professionals comprise more than 40 percent of the total K–12 education workforce. This day focuses on the importance of these school employees, who take care of students every day, making sure they have the tools they need to succeed in school.

Thursday, November 21: Educator for a Day

Educator for a Day allows individuals from the community to serve as an educator to get a glimpse of a day in the life of a school employee. The visiting educator performs the duties of the regular educator on a normal day—teaching class, performing lunch and corridor duty, supervising recess, among other responsibilities.

Friday, November 22: Substitute Educators Day

Substitute Educators Day focuses on the importance of substitute school employees. These professional educators perform a vital function in the maintenance and continuity of daily education. In our public school systems, substitutes are the education bridges when regular classroom educators are absent.

This week join us and our partners in honoring educators and the important work they do. Learn more about the celebration, use the online toolkit, and share the 2013 artwork and materials.

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