During American Education Week, all eyes are on the work that teachers do every day. To acknowledge this work, this week’s focus on education calls attention to the many different aspects of our educational system—from teachers, parents, and administrators to substitute teachers, nurses, and other educational support professionals. Much has been written about American Education Week and there are many actions you can take to underscore this week. This article is a collection of four useful resources for teachers and parents—to add value and save time.
To reinforce our support of teachers every day, Teacher Peach will post three articles this week. Each article includes 4 valuable teacher and parent/family tools:
- An easy-to-scan summary of facets of American Education Week.
- A collection of links with deeper information.
- A quote or printable FREEBIE, designed by our team of designers, about education for teachers and families to post and share.
- Teacher accessory products that add value to teachers—and make great gifts from appreciative families.
American Education Week Summary 1
The purpose of American Education Week is to celebrate public education and honor the amazing teachers in our schools as well as all of the other incredible contributors who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a high-quality education.
This year’s theme is "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility," and will be reflected in special observances each day of the weeklong celebration. Click on each link to see a detailed description of each day.
- Monday, November 16: Kickoff Day
- Tuesday, November 17: Parents Day
- Wednesday, November 18: Education Support Professionals Day
- Thursday, November 19: Educator for a Day
- Friday, November 20: Substitute Educators Day
The intent of having a different focus each day is to communicate that this powerful system is indeed just that, a system filled with the contributions of many different people with unique expertise and experience, all at the ready to make the education of our children that much more effective. Teachers, parents, families, and educational support professionals all work together to create a positive learning experience. This week we stop to recognize and acknowledge the many different actions by so many different contributors during American Education Week.
American Education Week began in 1921 with the first observance of American Education Week taking place during December 4–10, 1921. The National Education Association and American Legion were the co-sponsors. A year later, the then U.S. Office of Education joined the effort as a co-sponsor, and the PTA followed in 1938. Today, many different organizations are behind this important show of support.
More Links at Your Fingertips
In addition to the links above, the following articles provide a quick and easy overview of the week’s events so you can participate in American Education Week.
- What is the American Education Week? Written by NEA, this overview article provides downloads, videos, and lots of factual information.
- Twenty-Five Ideas for Celebrating American Education Week This article is rich with 25 ideas about how you can bring American Education Week into your classroom!
Share This Quote! To honor and acknowledge the importance of education, we share this special quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was always a strong supporter of American education and the value that education adds to every human being.
Enjoy this quote, print it out as a poster, display it on your whiteboard, and share it with friends. The Teacher Peach creative team designs these quotations to say thank you to teachers, parents, families, and education support professionals. We will share at least three of these quotations during American Education Week! Happy posting!
Teacher Gifts for American Education Week
To thank teachers for their excellent work every day of the year, acknowledge the many facets of a teacher’s job with one of these three tote bags for teachers.
Teacher Peach's newest release, the “Yes. I Teach.” Rainbow Black Tote shows the many actions teachers take as part of their support of their students—in living color.
If the teachers in your life prefer something more classic, check out this “I Teach.” Jumbo Tote. Its message is equally special and in classic B&W with grey, this tote bag holds—and says—it all.
Last, and certainly not least, teachers DO make their kids their primary priority. To thank the teachers in your world for doing just this, a “Primary Priority” Tote makes an ideal teacher gift during American Education Week.
How do you plan to showcase American Education Week? Let us know below.
- November 17, 2015
- Randi Brill