This will present all Americans — including educators, of course — with a great 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 — “Reach. Educate. Inspire.” — will be reflected throughout the week, with days set aside to honor important groups of contributors to education, including parents as well as educators.
The National Education Association was one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week. The first observance was celebrated Dec. 4-10, 1921, with the NEA and the American Legion as co-sponsors. Many co-sponsors have been added since, including the U.S. Department of Education, the National PTA and a host of other education groups. It is now observed the week before the week of Thanksgiving with the Education Support Professionals day celebrated on Wednesday.
You can find more information and suggestions here on how to celebrate public education and your profession.