The National Education Association is sponsoring the event. Many different schools participate in the event each year.
American Education Week happens the week before the week of Thanksgiving. Each day of the week has its own theme, during which we celebrate our public school community.
Festivities honor the team of people who work in our nation’s public schools, everyone from the bus driver and classroom teacher to the cafeteria worker and administrative staff, plus countless others.
The week-long celebration will spotlight distinguished individuals critical in building great public schools for the nation’s 50 million K-12 students. American Education Week’s celebration days include:
Useful For: Those who care deeply about the education system and those who serve in it.
Outcome: An opportunity to say thank you to those who work in the education system.
- Say Thanks. Have students write a short thank-you note to someone — teacher, guidance counselor, support staff member, volunteer — anyone who works or has worked in a school and has helped them in the past.
- Target Your Alumni. Hold a reunion day, invite alumni to return to school, talk with the students, visit each other, and see what schools are like today. Use the occasion to launch an Alumni Wall of Fame, inviting nominations from the community, students, parents, and alumni participants.
- Invite Parents to School. Have students invite their parents to school for a day and interact with their child/ren in class and their teachers for a hands-on experience of what goes on during the school day.
Celebrate American Education Week by encouraging others to learn for life and thank a teacher for all of their hard work and dedication. For more ideas, see the National Educational Association website.
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