American Education Week

American Education Week—November 11-17, 2012—presents all Americans with an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor those who make a difference in our schools and on our campuses.

"The theme of this year's American Education Week is Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility," said MTA President Paul Toner. "All of our members -- teachers, professors, Education Support Professionals, retirees -- work tirelessly to ensure that our students' right to a quality education is a reality. They do this in their classrooms, in the libraries and on the playing fields, on the school buses and the health offices and in countless other spaces. This month, we have also seen how our members support student success by working hard to elect pro-public education candidates, including our U.S. Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren.

"One way you can honor the educators you know during American Education Week is by signing the Kids, Not Cuts Pledge," said Toner.

The Pledge, which you can sign online at, reads in part:

I pledge to speak up for America’s kids by urging Congress to make the right choices to support public education and working families.

It’s time to stop giving tax breaks to the wealthiest two percent, while sticking kids and working families with the tab. If Congress fails to do the right thing, massive across-the-board cuts could mean another $5 billion taken from our schools – hurting students and costing jobs.

(For a list of projected cuts that could be experienced in Massachusetts as a result of the budget sequestration process, see this document.)

The American Education Week celebration features a special observance each day of the week:

Monday, November 12: Veteran's Day
Tuesday, November 13: Parent's Day
Wednesday, November 14: Education Support Professionals Day
Thursday, November 15: Educator for a Day
Friday, November 16: Substitute Educators Day

See also:

NEA's American Education Week Toolkit (includes activity ideas, graphics, media materials, etc.)

The history of American Education Week