MTA celebrates American Education Week

To raise awareness about the critical need to provide every child with a quality public education, the MTA will award $5,000 worth of Borders gift cards as part of the National Education Association's (NEA) 84th annual American Education Week celebration, November 13-19, 2005.

"Helping students achieve is the cornerstone of our work as parents, teachers and public school employees," says Catherine A. Boudreau, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. "We are proud of our work and American Education Week is the time to celebrate this work."

The MTA's activities are in partnership with NEA, the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 2.7 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.

NEA's American Education Week presents all Americans with an opportunity to honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. The week-long celebration spotlights the different people who are critical in building great public schools for the nation's 50 million K-12 students. American Education Week's celebration days include:

  • Sunday, November 13: Student Leaders Day. Hundreds of future teachers convene in Boston with NEA President Reg Weaver.
  • Monday, November 14: National Kick-Off Celebration. From national commemorations to local events, Americans celebrate public education.
  • Tuesday, November 15: Invite Parents to School Day. Schools invite parents into the classroom for a firsthand look at what the school day is like for their children.
  • Wednesday, November 16: Education Support Professionals Day. Individuals who provide invaluable services to schools are recognized for their outstanding work.
  • Thursday, November 17: Teacher for a Day. Community leaders invited to teach for a day to experience the challenges of teaching and the needs of students.
  • Friday, November 18: Substitute Educators Day. Honors the educators who are called upon to replace regularly employed teachers.

"These individual celebration days highlight our American Education Week 2005 theme, 'A Strong America Starts with Great Public Schools,'" said NEA's Weaver. "The theme reinforces our belief that every child in America deserves a quality education. It also serves as a tribute to the different people who are building great public schools for the nation's 50 million K-12 students."

Celebrated the first full week before Thanksgiving, American Education Week began in 1921 as a way to generate public awareness and support for education at a time when illiteracy was still a major problem in the United States.

To find out more about American Education Week, visit