Amer­i­can Ed­u­ca­tion Week fo­cuses on pub­lic schools for all

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Com­mu­ni­ties across the na­tion will join the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion this week to cel­e­brate the 96th an­nual Amer­i­can Ed­u­ca­tion Week. This year’s theme is “Pub­lic Schools for All,” and em­pha­sizes that the na­tion’s pub­lic schools are here for each and ev­ery stu­dent — no mat­ter the cir­cum­stance, ev­ery­one is wel­come and all de­serve the sup­port, tools and time to learn.

In a procla­ma­tion re­leased last week rec­og­niz­ing the event, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­minded the Amer­i­can peo­ple of the cru­cial role pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion plays in the fu­ture suc­cess of the coun­try.

“Dur­ing Amer­i­can Ed­u­ca­tion Week, we rec­og­nize that the foun­da­tion of the Amer­i­can Dream is a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion that in­stills life­long skills and de­vel­ops strong char­ac­ter. All our Na­tion’s chil­dren de­serve the chance to be suc­cess­ful, to live ful­fill­ing lives, and to give back to our com­mu­ni­ties,” Trump said. “As par­ents, teach­ers, and ad­vo­cates, we recom­mit to en­sur­ing that all chil­dren in Amer­ica have a mean­ing­ful op­por­tu­nity to har­ness their full po­ten­tial.”

Amer­i­can Ed­u­ca­tion Week hon­ors stu­dents’ de­ter­mi­na­tion to learn, rec­og­nizes the pro­fes­sion­al­ism and ded­i­ca­tion of teach­ers, sup­port staff, and other ed­u­ca­tors, thanks par­ents and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who help stu­dents suc­ceed, and reded­i­cates the com­mu­nity at large to qual­ity pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion for ev­ery stu­dent.

“Pub­lic schools are the cor­ner­stone of our com­mu­ni­ties. We wel­come stu­dents of all back­grounds, abil­i­ties and in­comes, and each of us plays a role in en­sur­ing our schools are open to all,” said NEA Pres­i­dent Lily Eskelsen Gar­cía. “Dur­ing Amer­i­can Ed­u­ca­tion Week, it’s time for us to show our pub­lic school pride. To­gether, we’ll show what makes our pub­lic schools some of the best in the world: all of us, each of us.”

Fol­low­ing Kick­off Day on Mon­day, dur­ing which NEA an­nounced the event on their web­site and so­cial me­dia chan­nels, each day this week fo­cuses on a dif­fer­ent com­po­nent of pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion that is crit­i­cal to its over­all suc­cess: par­ents, ed­u­ca­tion sup­port pro­fes­sion­als, ed­u­ca­tors, and sub­sti­tute ed­u­ca­tors.

Tues­day, Nov. 14 is Par­ents Day, and schools will in­vite par­ents into the class­room for a hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence of what the day is like for their child.

“When fam­i­lies de­vote time and ef­fort to their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion, stu­dents earn higher grades, have more pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes about school and home­work, and are more likely to grad­u­ate. There can be no greater in­vest­ment than into the suc­cess of our chil­dren,” said Pres­i­dent Trump in his procla­ma­tion.

Wed­nes­day is a na­tional day of recog­ni­tion of ed­u­ca­tion sup­port pro­fes­sion­als who are in­te­gral mem­bers of the ed­u­ca­tion team. Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port Pro­fes­sion­als (ESP) Day fo­cuses on the im­por­tance of these school em­ploy­ees, who make up 40 per­cent of the school staff and take care of stu­dents ev­ery day, mak­ing sure they have the tools they need to suc­ceed in school.

Thurs­day, Nov. 16 is AEW’S Ed­u­ca­tor for a Day, and lead­ers across the coun­try will be in­vited to serve as ed­u­ca­tors in their lo­cal pub­lic school dis­tricts to get a glimpse of a day in the life of a school em­ployee.

Fri­day, Nov. 17 is Sub­sti­tute Ed­u­ca­tors Day, and hon­ors the ed­u­ca­tors who are called upon to stand in for reg­u­larly em­ployed teach­ers.

“Amer­i­can Ed­u­ca­tion Week serves as a trib­ute to the team of peo­ple who work with our stu­dents-ev­ery­one from the class­room teacher and the bus driver to the cafe­te­ria worker and the ad­min­is­tra­tion staff — plus count­less oth­ers,” said Eskelsen Gar­cia. “We honor and thank them for the work they do ev­ery day to make sure that our stu­dents are safe and ready and able to learn.”

Cel­e­brated the week prior to Thanks­giv­ing, Amer­i­can Ed­u­ca­tion Week was first cel­e­brated in 1921 with NEA and the Amer­i­can Le­gion as co-spon­sors. The week-long cel­e­bra­tion grew out of na­tional con­cern about il­lit­er­acy. The orig­i­nal goal of Amer­i­can Ed­u­ca­tion Week — to gen­er­ate pub­lic aware­ness and sup­port for ed­u­ca­tion — con­tin­ues to­day.

To join the cam­paign “Pub­lic Schools For All,” NEA is ask­ing peo­ple to snap a photo that rep­re­sents their pride in pub­lic schools and post it to their so­cial chan­nels us­ing #Public­schools­forall. To find out more about Amer­i­can Ed­u­ca­tion Week, visit or con­tact your lo­cal pub­lic school.

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