Each week day during American Education Week has been dedicated to a different aspect of education. Monday, November 18 is the kick-off day and Tuesday, November 19 is dedicated to parents, so I encourage an open house atmosphere. The next day is to honor those who support teachers, followed by Thursday's community leader theme and Friday's salute to substitute teachers.
Good Ideas to Consider
Below I’ve provided some links with specific ideas and models to commemorate the event. Personally, I would love to see parents’ day and community leaders’ day combined. What better way to encourage elected officials, who make funding decisions, to mingle with the electorate and see and hear from them what is happening in the school.
In one of the many schools I‘ve worked at not only were the rooms open and the school's various arts programs presented, but each club had a booth. Although the teachers were in their rooms for a portion of the evening, when the event started they were seated in the auditorium and introduced with details about them, such as years of experience, university degrees, honors, and children in their family. This greatly added to the atmosphere and made parents more aware of the quality of their teachers. I also like the idea of having students write invitation letters to all the elected leaders representing them, including local, state and federal officials.
Although American Education Week is just five days, the ideas it promotes could be used throughout the year.
American Education Week - Provides a general explanation of what could be done each day.
Activity Ideas - Ideas on letting others know about schools and teachers
25 Ideas for celebrating American Education Week
Online Toolkit: Promotional Materials - Sample press releases and other promotional materials