American Education Week celebrates public education, commitment to excellence

The nation is coming together this week to celebrate and honor a heritage of commitment to educational excellence.

American Education Week is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on local public schools, teachers, education support professionals, and others who work hard to ensure that every child can get a quality education that will prepare them for college and the workplace.

This year marks the 92nd year of American Education Week, which has been observed since 1921, when the National Education Association and the American Legion — teachers, school staff and military veterans — got together and adopted resolutions to raise public awareness about the importance of education.

Here’s a breakdown of each day’s commemorations:

  • Monday, Nov. 18:  — Kickoff Day: Across the country, schools are celebrating excellence in education by hosting kickoff events and activities.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19: Parents Day: Schools will invite parents into the classroom for a firsthand look at what the school day is like for their children.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20: Education Support Professionals Day: Education support professionals keep schools running and students safe, healthy and ready to learn. Check out these charts to see how hard ESPs work to serve students in public schools and how committed ESPs are to both their jobs and their communities. Also, watch the "It's More Than Just a Job" videos here to learn more about ESP careers. 
  • Thursday, Nov. 21: Educator for a Day: Community leaders will be invited to experience the day as educators and experience the challenges of teaching and the needs of students. Learn more about this program through the Educator for a Day Promotional Kit.
  • Friday, Nov. 22: 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.