American Education Week and ESP Day


November 16-20, 2020

American Education WeekBe sure to display your American Education Week poster in your school. Also, share on Missouri NEA's Facebook page ( how your school community celebrated the week, using hashtag #AEW2020. If you have photos of special visitors, please share them and tell your story.

What is American Education Week?

American Education Week—Nov. 16-20, 2020—presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Each day of the week-long celebration is an observance for how each member of the community can contribute to make public schools great.

Mon., Nov. 16: Kickoff Day
Tues., Nov. 17: Parents Day
Wed., Nov. 18: Education Support Professionals Day
Thurs., Nov 19: Educator for a Day
Fri., Nov. 20: Substitute Educators Day

Find ideas and materials, along with the history of AEW at

Education Support Professionals Day

Wednesday of American Education Week

Nov. 18, 2020

In 1987, the NEA Representative Assembly called for the creation of a special way to honor the contributions of school support staff. National Education Support Professional Day was first celebrated that year. Each year since then, ESP Day has been observed on the Wednesday of each American Education Week.

As the Rev. Jesse Jackson has said, "Children need all school workers. A person is not 'just' a janitor, not 'just' a custodian. Janitors can see children when [teachers] don't see them, and bus drivers recognize the children who are disruptive on the bus are likely to be disorderly in the classroom. They're partners in education. We need each other to make this work."

Honor education support professionals on National ESP Day. To help celebrate, MNEA offers a variety lapel pins for sale in the image item store. “Thank you” notes are also a great way to show your appreciate for all ESP do to help public schools run smoothly.

Substitute Educators Day

Friday of American Education Week

Substitute Educators Day was established in 2003 by the NEA Representative Assembly. Substitute teachers have a vital role in public schools. They have an ability to go into a classroom of strange faces and keep students on task in the absence of the regular classroom teacher. Encourage increased respect for substitutes by celebrating Substitute Educators Day, the Friday of American Education Week.

Posted Date: 10/1/2019
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