Celebrate teachers and ESPs during American Education Week

American Education Week

American Education Week, an annual celebration of teachers and education support professionals, is underway.

Co-founded by the National Education Association and the American Legion in 1919, American Education Week aims to engage parents and community members in their public schools. It also marks one day especially to spotlight the invaluable work of ESPs.

“We spend a lot of time working on what can be improved in our schools. But every day in public schools across the state, there are dedicated teachers and staff working incredibly hard and overcoming obstacles to inspire children and nurture their emotional and intellectual growth,” said MTA President Barbara Madeloni. “American Education Week is the perfect opportunity to recognize that good work.”

The theme for American Education Week is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.”

Starting today, November 17, share the good work going on in your public schools on Twitter using the hashtag #aew2014.

Tuesday is Parents' Day. Schools will invite parents into the classroom not only to observe but to engage in some of the work of educators to see firsthand what it is like to teach children.

Wednesday is Education Support Professionals Day. ESPs create the environments necessary for students to succeed. Don't forget to let them know how much you value their work. For posters that recognize the work of ESPs and American Education Week, click here.

On ThursdayEducator for a Day events allow community leaders into schools to serve as teachers and to get a glimpse into the profession.

Friday is Substitute Teacher Day. The NEA and local associations will be honoring those who fill immediate needs when a regularly employed educator cannot be in the classroom.