American Education Week (November 14th – 18th)

American Education Week (November 14th – 18th) was first observed in 1921, a joint venture of the National Educators Association and the American Legion, in response to the finding that one in four WWI draftees were illiterate. The purpose of American Education Week remains the same as when it was founded: to raise public awareness of the importance of education, engender support for education, and to let the public know of the successes and needs of public schools.

Get involved in American Education Week 2011!

Here’s a list of five things you can do to make a difference and be part of NEA’s American Education Week celebration:

1.      Help fund a teacher’s classroom project.  Teachers spend on average $350 a year out of their own pockets on classroom materials. To help them, the NEA Foundation is partnering with to fulfill their wish lists for their students. Search NEA members’ project requests for classroom learning needs on Select those you like, donate what you can, and the NEA Foundation will match it, up to $250 per request.

2.     Take the Priority Schools Pledge.  How do we expose and close the education gaps that deny our students the basics and keep opportunity always a zip code or two away? By showing that our communities will no longer sit quietly at the back of the line for quality teachers and adequate resources. Students succeed if adults intercede, working together and standing for nothing less than excellence. Take the Priority Schools Pledge at and NEA will show you a way you can be involved.

3.      Nominate a Classroom Superhero! NEA’s Classroom Superheroes campaign allows parents, students, and community members to show educators the support they deserve. Find out more and then nominate your classroom superheroes at

4.      Tell Congress to Support the Fix America’s Schools Today (FAST) Act. Students can’t learn to their potential when they are sitting in deteriorating school buildings with leaky roofs, peeling paint, broken lights, and inadequate plumbing. The average school in this country was built more than 40 years ago, and conditions in many of these structures are a distraction or worse for students.  Visit to tell Congress to support the FAST Act.

5.      Tell Congress to pass an ESEA reauthorization bill that will work for real students in your schools and classrooms.  The Elementary and Secondary Education Act is up for reauthorization.  Let your voice be heard.  Go to and tell Congress that the one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t allow real students to learn and succeed in the 21st century.