While there is never a bad time to recognize our dedicated professional educators and the important role public education plays in our communities, American Education Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate this cornerstone of Idaho’s way of life. First observed in 1921, the 98th annual American Education Week takes place November 18-22, 2019.
“Idaho is blessed to have so many talented, devoted professional educators who are dedicated to helping students reach their potential,” says IEA President Kari Overall. “Our member-driven organization is committed to supporting public schools throughout the state and this is an ideal time to re-emphasize the importance of creating the public schools Idaho students deserve.”
To commemorate American Education Week, the IEA is engaging with members, parents, and communities on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We encourage the submission of photos, videos, and other content using the hashtag #AEW2019. Just share something that represents your appreciation for public schools and the amazing educators who make them such a special place.
American Education Week includes specific observations that are listed here:
- Parents Day–Tuesday, November 19. Recognizing the crucial role parents play in their children’s success.
- Education Support Professionals Day–Wednesday, November 20. This day is set aside to recognize bus drivers, cafeteria workers, maintenance staff, clerical staff, para-professionals, and many other ESPs who are part of the team that prepares students for success. On ESP day, use the hashtag #WeLoveOurESPs when sharing photos.
- Educator for a Day–Thursday, November 21. Elected officials and community leaders are invited to visit the classrooms of IEA members for hands-on school experience.
- Substitute Educators Day–Friday, November 22. Recognition for substitute teachers.
Sometimes we tend to take our professional educators for granted, and American Education Week provides a terrific chance to thank them for the work they do in nurturing our next generation. It’s also the perfect time to make sure Idaho’s policy-makers know how much you value public schools and encourage them to invest in them for the benefit of Idaho students and communities.