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2019 American Education Week Starts November 18, 2019

By Huntington Learning Center

The week before Thanksgiving, on November 18, 2019, American Education Week will kick off. Created by the National Education Association (NEA), this weeklong celebration of public education honors the professionals who make a difference in ensuring that every child in the country receives a quality education—from teachers to support staff, from communities to principals.

Communities around the country can celebrate the daily components of American Education Week as scheduled below:  

  • Monday, November 18: Kickoff Day – The nationwide kickoff, with activities and events at schools around the country.
  • Tuesday, November 19: Parents Day – A day for parents and/or other family members to join their children at school for a first-hand look at a typical school day.
  • Wednesday, November 20: Education Support Professionals Day – A day to honor the contributions of public support staff, such as instructional assistants, office workers, paraeducators, bus drivers, custodians, and security guards.
  • Thursday, November 21: Educator for a Day – A program in which community members are invited to school as “guest educators.” This day gives them the opportunity to get a feel for a typical school day, including everything from teaching classes to eating lunch in the cafeteria.
  • Friday, November 22: Substitute Educators Day – A day that honors the professional substitute educators who run classes when regular educators are absent.

American Education Week was founded in 1921 by the National Education Association and the American Legion as a national effort to raise public awareness of the importance of education. The week-long celebration is now co-sponsored by several other organizations as well, including the U.S. Department of Education, the National School Boards Association, the American Federation of Teachers and the American School Counselor Association, among others.

“Public schools are continually working to be better and to keep pace with the ever-changing world—and prepare students for that world,” says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “Public schools are open to all, and are worthy of celebration. American Education week recognizes the many people who contribute to educating our nation’s children. As part of that group, we at Huntington Learning Center are so thankful for our colleagues and communities for all that they do to support students’ academic achievements and give all children a quality education.”

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