American Education Week, which is being celebrated from Monday, Nov. 18, to Friday, Nov. 22, is a time set aside to show pride in our public schools.
This year’s theme is “Reach. Educate. Inspire.”
Co-founded by the National Education Association and the American Legion in 1919, American Education Week highlights the work done by everyone in education who contributes to the success of students — classroom teachers, school nurses, Education Support Professionals, counselors and people in other job categories.
A special day is set aside to honor ESPs, who create the environment necessary for students to succeed. ESP Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
MTA President Merrie Najimy said that this year in particular, educators have a lot to celebrate.
“Unionized educators in both the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts have led the Fund Our Future campaign, along with students, families and education advocates across Massachusetts, to pass legislation that will bring $1.5 billion in new education funds to public schools,” she said.
“These funds will have a significantly positive effect on the teaching and learning conditions in schools across the state, especially in those where we educate students of color, English learners, and those who live in low-income communities,” she added. “We are winning this campaign through collective action and union power. Let’s reflect and reclaim our union pride!”
Here is the schedule for the week:
Monday, Nov. 18, is Kickoff Day. A day to spotlight excellence in public education. Schools are invited to host kickoff events and activities.
Tuesday, Nov. 19, is Parents’ Day. Parents are invited into schools for a firsthand look at what it means to be an educator.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, is Education Support Professionals Day. ESP Day celebrates those individuals who create the environment necessary for students to succeed. Share your ESP Day celebration online using the hashtag #WeLoveOurESPs.
Thursday, Nov. 21, is dedicated to NEA’s Educator for a Day program. The program allows individuals from the community to experience an entire day as a teacher, ESP or other school worker, enhancing understanding and demonstrating the successes and challenges educators face.
Friday, Nov. 22, is Substitute Educators Day. A day to give thanks to substitute educators, who play a vital role in maintaining continuity in the classroom.