American Education Week kicks off

American Education Week 2015

Welcome to American Education Week, an annual celebration of teachers and education support professionals.

This year, AEW runs from Nov. 16 to 20.

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 features one day to shine a special spotlight on the work of ESPs.

“Free high-quality public education is the foundation of democracy,” said MTA President Barbara Madeloni. “Our educators work hard every day to give the very best to the students of the Commonwealth, often without the resources, time and professional respect they need.

“MTA members are organizing and building alliances with the community to be sure that Massachusetts meets its responsibility to provide every student with the public education he or she deserves,” she added.

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

Monday, Nov. 16, is Kickoff Day. Share the good work going on in your public schools on Twitter using the hashtag #AEW2015.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, is Parents' Day. Schools will invite parents into the classroom not only to observe, but also to engage in some of the work of educators so they can see firsthand what it is like to teach children.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 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. To tweet about ESP Day, use the hashtag #ESPDay2015. For posters, cards and coloring books that recognize the work of ESPs and American Education Week, click here.

On ThursdayNov., 19, Educator for a Day events allow community leaders into schools to serve as teachers and to get a glimpse into the profession.

Friday, Nov. 20, 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.