Department of Defense Education Activity

Observance Calendar

Upcoming Observances, Celebrations and Recognition Events

January

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 20, 2020

The Department of Defense (DoD) joins the nation in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday, January 20, 2020.

February

DoDEA Career and Technical Education Month

DoDEA Career and Technical Education Month

DoDEA celebrates CTE Month every February as a reminder to students that Career and Technical Education programs are available to all those who want to pursue a college education; enlist in the military; or enter directly into the workforce.
Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month celebrates the achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their immeasurable impact on the history of the United States.
National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week 2020, “School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans,” will be celebrated from Feb. 3–7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.
National Engineers Week

National Engineers Week

To help promote STEM careers among students, DoDEA is celebrating National Engineers Week, February 16-22, 2020

March

Read Across America

Read Across America

DoDEA joins the National Education Association and schools across the nation in celebrating Read Across America on March 2nd and all year long to help motivate kids to read, bring the joys of reading to students of all ages, and make all children feel valued and welcome.
Disabilities Awareness Month for Students with Disabilities

Disabilities Awareness Month for Students with Disabilities

March is Disabilities Awareness month! DoDEA is committed to increasing awareness and promoting independence, integration, and inclusion of all students with disabilities. DoDEA provides a range of support to students with disabilities – from accommodations to specialized instruction in the classroom.
Women's History Month

Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month – a time to honor the contributions of women in American history.

April

The Month of the Military Child

The Month of the Military Child

DoDEA joins the Department of Defense and the military community in honoring military families and their children for the sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.
Holocaust Remembrance

Holocaust Remembrance

DoDEA joins the world in honoring the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust—as well as the millions of non-Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. Holocaust Days of Remembrance week which will be observed from April 19 – 26, 2020.

May

Decision Day

Decision Day

Celebrate Decision Day on May 1st – the day when DoDEA high-school seniors announce what they’ll be pursuing after graduation.
Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

The observance of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month is an occasion to remember the patriotism of AAPIs who have served, or are currently serving, in the DOD, our nation and, specifically, here at DoDEA.
National School Nurse Day

National School Nurse Day

DoDEA joins the nation in celebrating the specialized practice of school nursing. This celebration recognizes the contributions school nurses make every day, particularly in times of crisis, to improve the safety, health, and academic success of all students.
Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week

DoDEA joins the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and schools around the country in celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week.

June

Juneteenth

Juneteenth

Juneteenth (a blending of the words June and nineteenth), also known as Freedom Day, is an American holiday and is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.

August

Women's Equality Day

Women's Equality Day

DoDEA celebrates Women’s Equality Day and the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees all American women the right to vote.

September - October

DoDEA Suicide Prevention Awareness

DoDEA Suicide Prevention Awareness

DoDEA is actively involved in Suicide Prevention activities and has a variety of resources available to support students in crisis.
National Day of Service and Remembrance, September 11

National Day of Service and Remembrance, September 11

DoDEA honors those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and strengthened our will as one nation and reminded us all about the power of freedom.
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, September 17

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, September 17

On September 17, US citizens remember the blessings of liberty and are recognized for holding the responsibilities of citizenship.
National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15

National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15

Hispanic Heritage observations began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and were expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. The expansion was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

October

Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying Prevention Month

DoDEA actively acknowledges National Bullying Prevention month in October in order to help educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Every October, we observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month to recognize the contributions, dedication and talents of Americans with disabilities who are a vital part of our workforce.

November

National American Indian Heritage Month

National American Indian Heritage Month

DoDEA joins the nation in recognizing American Indians for their respect for natural resources and the Earth, having served with valor in our nation's conflicts and for their many distinct and important contributions to the United States.
Military Family Appreciation Month

Military Family Appreciation Month

During Military Family Appreciation Month, DoDEA renews its commitment to the families and communities we are proud to serve.
American Education Week

American Education Week

During American Education Week. DoDEA joins the nation in raising awareness about the need to provide every child with a quality public education. Links available to the NEA’s AEW toolkits for artwork, promo materials, activity ideas and fact sheets.
Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Veterans Day Message from Mr. Thomas M. Brady, Director of DoDEA.
School Psychology Awareness Week

School Psychology Awareness Week

From November 11-15, DoDEA joins the nation in celebrating School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW). School psychologists effectively link teaching, learning, and mental health to improve outcomes and are a ready resource in schools.