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Ideas to Make the Most of American Education Week

Posted on November 18, 2013 by Alan Haskvitz

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


Tom Staszewski
Friday, November 14, 2014 10:07 AM
Salute to Teachers during American Education Week...Teacher Advocate Supports & Defends Classroom Teachers. As we approach American Education Week, let's celebrate and recoginze our
wonderful classroom teachers:


I believe the info below will be of interest to your members. This is a PRO
teacher advocacy support of public school teachers:

Tom Staszewski | author of Total Teaching...Your Passion Makes it Happen,
published by Rowman & Littlefield.

“Subject: teacher advocate defends today's school teachers Teacher Advocate
Defends School Teachers and offers tips to inspire today's teachers! Handbook
dedicated to helping teachers succeed and stick with it throughout the entire
school year! Tom Staszewski 814-452-0020 In this era of
policy change and educational reform at the K-12 level, suddenly "everybody" has
become an expert on our school systems. In my opinion, there is a great amount
of unjustified criticism that is unfairly being leveled against our schools and
our teachers. Most of the criticism is unfounded, baseless, undeserved and
distorted. Many critics of our school systems have never set foot in a classroom
to see what's going on --other than their own experience as a former
student--and their criticism is erroneous and counterproductive. If they
(critics) would take the time to better understand just how hard the teaching
profession really is, they would change their criticism to face the reality of
today's schools and society at large. I believe that most critics would find it
difficult to even make it through even one day in the life of a typical teacher.
The essence behind the book is that today's teachers are under a lot of pressure
and scrutiny and there is a need for more support, recognition and appreciation
for the good that they are providing for society. So the point of my book is to
inform the uninformed about how difficult it is to teach in many of today's
schools. And to provide recognition to educators and to thank teachers for the
positive difference they are making in society. I've always said that our
schools are a reflection of society and society at large has changed and
undergone a dramatic shift from previous generations. The book also focuses on
the success stories and "what's right" with our schools rather than "what's
wrong" with our schools. Unlike previous many homes today,
whether it be a single parent household or with both parents home...many parents
send their kids to school unfed, unprepared and with little or no basic skills
and often with no social skills, etc. In my previous work as a motivational
speaker and professional development trainer, I have personally worked with
thousands and thousands of teachers statewide and nationwide and I have found
them to be hard-working, dedicated, industrious and committed to the success of
their students. It's about time that someone has taken a stand to recognize and
acknowledge the value to society that teachers are providing and to thank them
for their dedication. What is the theme of the book? In addition to thanking and
recognizing the good that teachers provide to society, the book is also a
handbook that can be used by the teacher as a means of providing coping skills
and methods to succeed in the classroom with the trials and tribulations of
teaching. It provides a means of offering tips, strategies and techniques to
make it through the day and to have a successful school year. In many respects
it is a personal growth and development type handbook. From the first-year
teacher to the most experienced veteran, this book provides an inspiring message
that yes, indeed...teaching is the most noble profession. It serves as an
acknowledgement of the importance of teachers and recognizes that "teaching is
the profession that has created all other professions." This book provides
real-life tools, tips and strategies to have a successful school year and to
persevere beyond all of the challenges associated with the profession. Filled
with insightful and meaningful stories and examples, it will provide a pep talk
to help teachers stay focused. Readers are able to maintain the passion that
brought them into the profession and to develop a plan to be the best that they
can be. ”

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