American Education Week

Posted Date: 1/3/2011

November 14-18, 2016

Be sure to display your AEW poster (from the inside of the Fall issue of Something Better) in your school. Also, share on Missouri NEA's Facebook page ( how your school community celebrated the week. If you have photos of special visitors, please share them and tell your story.

What is American Education Week?

American Education Week—Nov. 14-18, 2016—presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a 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 week-long celebration:

Monday, November 14: Kickoff Day
Tuesday, November 15: Parents Day
Wednesday, November 16: Education Support Professionals Day
Thursday, November 17: Educator for a Day
Friday, November 18: Substitute Educators Day

Find ideas and materials, along with the history of AEW at 


Substitute Educators Day

Friday of American Education Week

Substitute Educators Day was established in 2003 by the NEA Representative Assembly. Substitute teachers have a vital role in public schools. They have an ability to go into a classroom of strange faces and keep students on task in the absence of the regular classroom teacher. Encourage increased respect for substitutes by celebrating Substitute Educators Day, the Friday of American Education Week.

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