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For Immediate Release — November 16, 2009 | HQ
: DoDEA, Public Affairs | (703) 588-3260

November 16, 2009 — NEA's American Education Week (AEW) spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from kindergarten through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great.

The annual tagline, Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility, reflects the NEA’s calling upon America to provide students with quality public schools so that they can grow, prosper, and achieve in the 21st century.

In 2009, the 88th annual American Education Week will take place November 15–21. Each day during the week spotlights a different aspect of school life:

Monday, November 16: Open House Day. From national commemorations to local community events, millions of Americans celebrate public education.

Tuesday, November 17: Parents Day. Schools invite parents into the classroom for a hands-on experience of what the day is like for their child.

Wednesday, November 18: Education Support Professionals Day. Individuals who provide invaluable services to schools are recognized for their outstanding work.

Thursday, November 19: Educator for a Day. Community leaders are invited to serve as educators to get a glimpse at a day in the life of a school employee.

Friday, November 20: Substitute Educators Day. This day honors the educators who are called upon to replace regularly employed teachers.

Many DoDEA schools participate in this celebration. The NEA has developed an online toolkit to help interested schools plan the event.

Use our online tools to plan your celebration. You can access that toolkit at

Credit to NEA

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