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American Education Week – Celebrating 89 Years

NEA’s American Education Week (AEW) spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from kindergarten through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great.

The tagline, Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility, reflects the call to America to provide students with quality public schools so that they can grow, prosper, and achieve in the 21st century.

The Importance of Parents’ Place in Schools
Different aspects of school life are spotlighted throughout the week, including parents.  Schools across the nation invite parents into the classroom to experience firsthand what a school day is like for their child. The initiative is designed to spotlight the importance of parental involvement.

Ongoing research shows that parental involvement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism, and restores parents’ confidence in their children’s education.  For information on parental involvement, see NEA’s Parent Resources.

In the video below, NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen gives parents advice on how to prepare for their parent-teacher conference (last video on page).

Lilly Eskelsen on Parents Day

Watch more American Education Week videos from NEA here.

Download NEA’s American Education Week Artwork and Web Banners
The 2010 AEW artwork, including a poster in various sizes and Web banners, are available for downloading.

Use the NEA Toolkit to Plan Your American Education Week Event
Use the online tools to plan your celebration.
The materials presented here reflect NEA’s mission as an advocate for the nation’s public schools, school employees, and the communities they serve.

Other organizations are free to use this material or create their own. If you use this material (art, theme, articles, resources), please credit NEA as the creator of content.

What are you doing to celebrate American Education Week?  Let us know by leaving a comment.

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