American Education Week


Nov. 14 -NEA’s American Education Week (AEW) spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from kindergarten through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great.


In 2010, the 89th annual American Education Week takes place place November 14–20. Each day during the week will spotlight a different aspect of school life:


Monday, November 15: Kick-off Day

From national commemorations to local community events, millions of Americans celebrate

public education.


Tuesday, November 16: Parents’ Day
Schools invite parents into the classroom for a hands-on experience of what the day is like for their child.


Wednesday, November 17: Education Support Professionals Day
Individuals who provide invaluable services to schools are recognized for their outstanding work.


Thursday, November 18: Educator for a Day
Community leaders are invited to serve as educators to get a glimpse at a day in the life of a school employee.


Friday, November 19: Substitute Educators Day
This day honors the educators who are called upon to replace regularly employed teachers.


President Obama proclaims November 14-20 American Education Week
President Barack Obama this week reaffirmed the importance of education both to our nation’s core values and to our future success by signing a proclamation for American Education Week.


The proclamation reads, in part: “Education has always been central to ensuring opportunity, and to instilling in all our citizens the defining American values of freedom, equality, and respect for one another.  Our Nation's schools can give students the tools, skills, and knowledge to participate fully in our democracy, and to succeed in college, career, and life.  This week, let us reaffirm the importance of education and recognize that we all share in the responsibility to educate our students.” (Presidential Proclamation)


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