American Education Week kicks off November 14

American Education Week - November 14-18, 2016

American Education Week, which runs from Nov. 14 to 18 this year, is a great time to celebrate educators and public schools.

Co-founded by the National Education Association and the American Legion in 1919, American Education Week aims to engage parents and other community members in their local schools. AEW, which is marked annually, also features one day to shine a special spotlight on the work of education support professionals.

“High-quality public education for all students is the foundation of our democracy,” said MTA President Barbara Madeloni.

“Our commitment to public education was tested as recently as November 8, when voters considered a ballot initiative backed by hedge fund billionaires to privatize public schools by lifting the cap on Commonwealth charter schools,” she added. “But the people of Massachusetts reaffirmed their commitment to public education. The defeat of Question 2 was a true victory for students and schools throughout the Commonwealth.”

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

  • Monday, Nov. 14, is Kickoff Day. Share the good work going on in your public schools on Twitter using the hashtag #AEW2016.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15, is Parents' Day. Schools 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. 16, is Education Support Professionals Day. ESPs help create the environments necessary for students to succeed. Don’t forget to let them know how much you value their work. For posters, cards and coloring books that recognize the work of ESPs and American Education Week, click here.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 17, Educator for a Day events allow community leaders into schools to serve as teachers and to get a glimpse into the profession.
  • Friday, Nov. 18, is Substitute Educators’ Day. The NEA and local associations honor those who fill immediate needs when a regularly employed educator cannot be in the classroom.