Today marks the start of American Education Week 2015.
American Education Week originated 94 years ago – one of NYSUT's national affiliates, the National Education Association, was the driving force – as a way to honor those who work in the nation's public schools: everyone from bus drivers and classroom teachers to cafeteria workers and administrative staff, plus countless others. The celebration is also an opportunity for school and community leaders to renew their commitment and support for quality public education for all students.
"Poll after poll show that New Yorkers support their public schools and respect their kids' teachers and school staff," said NYSUT President Karen Magee. "While the spotlight and focus that accompanies American Education Week is very much appreciated, New York's parents and educators celebrate – with pride -- all the good work that's happening in our schools every single day."
The highlight of AEW in New York will be SRP Recognition Day on Tuesday, Nov. 17. This annual recognition of these vital school professionals is the result of NYSUT-backed legislation that was passed and signed into law in 2007. Here are some ideas to help thank and celebrate NYSUT's 90,000 SRPs.
"It is fitting that New York's SRP Recognition Day falls during American Education Week," said NYSUT Vice President Paul Pecorale. "SRPs are the backbone of our schools and their contributions deserve a special salute."
Meanwhile, the NEA offers a list of possible AEW activities on its website, including inviting parents, family members and elected officials into the school to witness a "typical" school day. An online toolkit and other resources are also available.
Magee urged NYSUT members to share their AEW experiences – through words, photos and videos – on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NYSUTUnited and on Twitter, using the hashtag #aew2015.