Celebrate American Education Week

American Education Week (AEW) annually celebrates the achievements of public schools in America and honors the work of people making a difference in education. This year, the festivities will take place Nov. 14 -18.

First celebrated in 1921, AEW was created by the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Legion after the nation’s alarming rate of illiteracy was recognized. The aim of this special week was to create awareness about the need for education and to garner support to fund school systems.

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 drivers and classroom teachers to the cafeteria workers and administrative staff, plus countless others. Schools are invited to celebrate and thank their staff in fun ways throughout the week.

  • Monday: Kick-off Day
    Celebrate the start of the week by familiarizing students with the theme, activities, and purpose of the event.
  • Tuesday: Family Day
    Celebrate by inviting parents to actively experience how a school day goes for their students.
  • Wednesday: Education Support Professionals Day
    Education Support Professionals Day is a day to celebrate a school’s support staff.
  • Thursday: Educator for a Day
    Celebrate by inviting community leaders to work as an employee in the school, performing all the duties of a teacher for a full day.
  • Friday: Substitute Educators Day
    Friday celebrates people who are there to help educators when there is a sudden emergency or temporary leave.