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American Education Week

Dear Fellow Educators,

Happy American Education Week! Today marks the start of a weeklong celebration of public education here in the U.S. Every year since 1921, we pause to express our sincerest gratitude for the many people who make the education process possible for the future of our country – our children. This special week, observed right before Thanksgiving, is the perfect time to honor the heritage of every American to learn.  

Why do you celebrate American Education Week? Show and tell us on social media (with word and pictures) using #aew2016.


Dr. Sid Chapman
Georgia Association of Educators

A bit of history:
December 4-10, 1921 became the first American Education Week, with the NEA and the American Legion as co-sponsors.In 1922, the U.S. Department of Education became a co-sponsor. Today, there are 12 co-sponsors: the NEA, the U.S. Department of Education, the National PTA, the American Legion, the American Association of School Administrators, The National School Boards Association, The American Federation of Teachers, the Council of Chief State School Officers, The National School Public Relations Association, the National Association of State Boards of Education, The National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.American Education Week is held each year the week prior to Thanksgiving.The Wednesday of AEW is set aside to honor those men and women who work as Educational Support Professionals (ESPs).

American Education Week—November 13-19, 2016—presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. The weeklong celebration features a special observance each day of the week. They include:

Monday, November 14: Kickoff Day

Nationwide Kickoff. Celebrate excellence in your school by hosting kickoff events and activities.

Tuesday, November 15: Parents Day

Invite parents into your classrooms for a firsthand look at what the school day is like for their children.

Wednesday, November 16: Education Support Professionals Day

Education Support Professionals keep schools running and students safe, healthy and ready to learn. 
Thursday, November 17: Educator for a Day

Invite community leaders in to experience the day as educators and experience the challenges of teaching and the needs of students.

Friday, November 18: Substitute Educators Day

Substitute educators play a vital role in the maintenance and continuity of daily education. Learn more about these professionals and take a look at resources and tips for substitute educators.

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