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Honor Education Support Professionals Wednesday, Nov. 20th
BURLINGAME – This week, the California Teachers Association joins the National Education Association and the American Legion in observing American Education Week, a time-honored celebration to raise awareness about the importance of public education and the hard work educators do throughout the year to ensure student success.
Traditionally celebrated the week before Thanksgiving, American Education Week was launched in 1921 by both the NEA and the American Legion to generate public support for education. At the time, representatives from both organizations were distressed that 25 percent of the country’s World War I draftees had been illiterate, and set out to do something about it. The U.S. Office of Education signed on as a sponsor a year later, followed by the PTA in 1938. Dozens of other education organizations have joined since then.
As part of this year’s theme, “Raise Your Hand for Student Success,” the National Education Association urges all caring adults to sign a pledge (at http://www.nea.org/grants/19823.htm) supporting quality public education, respect for educators, smaller class sizes and 21st century tools and resources.
“Educators were there in 1921 advancing the cause of public education and we remain steadfast to this day,” said CTA President Dean E. Vogel. “We hope local communities will promote American Education Week by visiting their schools, honoring educators, and taking the pledge of support,” Vogel said. “This is our time to join in celebrating our great public schools.”
Educators also honored this week are the men and women who work alongside teachers and other school personnel to make school days possible. Wednesday, Nov. 20th, is Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day. They keep schools running and students safe, healthy and ready to learn. Take a look at how hard ESPs work to serve students in public schools and how committed ESPs are to both their jobs and their communities. Hear from some ESPs from around the country in the "It's More Than Just a Job" videos.
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.