American Education Week
is held annually during the week prior to Thanksgiving and offers an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor the individuals who work very hard to ensure students have access to a high-quality education.
This year, American Education Week will be celebrated from Monday, November 16 through Friday, November 20, 2020.
Did you know American Education Week began almost 100 years ago? The National Education Association (NEA) was one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week. The first observance of American Education Week occurred December 4-10, 1921, with the NEA and American Legion as cosponsors. A year later, the then U.S. Office of Education joined the effort as a cosponsor, and the PTA followed in 1938.
Each day of American Education Week has its own theme:
Monday, November 16: Kickoff Day
Tuesday, November 17: Family Day
Wednesday, November 18: Education Support Professionals Day
Thursday, November 19: Educator for a Day
Friday, November 20: Substitute Educators Day
NEA offers ideas to help you find ways to celebrate each theme day.
Help promote and celebrate American Education Week virtually by downloading digital artwork from the NEA.
Have a safe and happy American Education Week!