Celebrating American Education Week


Communities across Montana and the nation will join the National Education Association (NEA) November 13-19 to celebrate American Education Week.


The annual observance, now in its 90th year, honors students' hard work 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.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel kicked off the week-long celebration this morning with a visit to T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va.


“America’s students need all of us—educators, parents, students, elected officials and community leaders—working together and investing in their schools,” said Dennis Van Roekel.


“The path to the American dream still runs through America’s public schools. American Education Week is a time to commit ourselves to providing great public schools so all students can pursue the American Dream.”


American Education Week beginnings: NEA & American Legion

Distressed that 25 percent of the country's World War I draftees were illiterate and 9 percent were physically unfit, representatives of the NEA and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education.


The conventions of both organizations subsequently adopted resolutions of support for a national effort to raise public awareness of the importance of education. In 1921, the NEA Representative Assembly in Des Moines, Iowa, called  for designation of one week each year to spotlight education. In its resolution, the NEA called for: "An educational week ... observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs."


Join us for the 90th Anniversary of AEW:

  • Monday, November 14: Kick-Off Day
  • Tuesday, November 15: Parents Day
  • Wednesday, November 16: Education Support Professional Day
  • Thursday, November 17: Educator for a Day
  • Friday, November 18: Substitute Educators Day

Read more about AEW activities and resources at the NEA web site.


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