American Education Week
Created in the aftermath of World War I to promote the importance of public education, American Education Week happens the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving. Each day of the week has its own theme, during which we celebrate our public school community.
Festivities honor the team of people who work in our nation’s public schools, everyone from the bus driver and classroom teacher to the cafeteria worker and administrative staff, plus countless others. The National Education Association 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 the cosponsors.