American Education Week—Nov. 18-22—presents an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a great public education. The theme of American Education Week is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.”

The National Education Association was one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week. The first observance was held in 1921, with NEA and the American Legion as co-sponsors. A year later, the then-named U.S. Office of Education joined the effort as a co-sponsor, and the PTA followed in 1938.

Visit to learn more about American Education Week and to find resources that will assist in planning your local or county association’s celebration. 

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