American Education Week began in the post-World War I era, but its significance in celebrating the value of professional educators and highlighting important education issues is even more important today. The Idaho Education Association is proud to represent so many dedicated teachers and education support professional who have made a tangible difference in the lives of Idaho children.
“I encourage all public education stakeholders to use American Education Week as an opportunity to thank those who have made education their life’s work, assess the current state of public education in Idaho, and chart a course of improvement that will prepare the next generation of students for the challenges and opportunities that they will face,” said IEA President Penni Cyr. “As Idaho evaluates recommendations aimed at reforming public education, the insight and expertise of education professionals who work with our children every day is extremely valuable and should be given strong consideration.”
Several specific observations are included in American Education Week.
- Parents Day–Tuesday, November 19. The contributions of parents will be recognized, and parents/family members are encouraged to observe a portion of their students’ classroom experience.
- Education Support Professionals Day–Wednesday, November 20. This day is set aside to recognize bus drivers, cafeteria workers, maintenance staff, clerical staff and many others who provide invaluable services to public education.
- Educator for a Day–Thursday, November 21. Elected officials and community leaders are invited to participate in a hands-on school experience.
- Substitute Educators Day–Friday, November 22. Recognition for substitute teachers.
“Please join me in expressing gratitude to those who have made educating our children a priority,” said Cyr. “The IEA looks forward to working with students, parents, schools and communities, and elected officials in improving public education. It is only through a collaborative partnership that we can achieve the high standard of education that Idaho’s children deserve.”
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Idaho Education Association President Penni Cyr recognizes American Education Week (November 18-22) in this video. She has a big “thank you” to teachers and everyone else who makes quality public education possible, and a call for collaborative effort in taking the next steps forward on behalf of students and educators.
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