ACPS Celebrates American Education Week
Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) joins the nation in celebrating American Education Week, Nov. 13-17. Throughout the week, we celebrate the team of people who work in our public schools, from the bus driver and classroom teacher to the cafeteria worker, administrative staff and countless others. The motto for American Education Week in 2023 is “Together for Safe, Just & Equitable Schools.”
First observed in 1921, American Education Week was created by the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Legion to generate support for education. A year later, the then U.S. Office of Education joined the effort as a co-sponsor, and the PTA followed in 1938. Other co-sponsors are the U.S. Department of Education and various national organizations.
During American Education Week, each day has its own theme. Education Support Professionals Day is recognized on Wed., Nov. 15, and Substitute Educators Day is recognized on Fri. Nov. 17. These workers all play vital roles in our schools.
American Education Week is also a time to focus on the importance of family involvement in a child’s education. This includes reading to your child, developing a relationship with your child's teacher and asking your child about their school day. Ongoing research indicates that family involvement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism and restores confidence among families in their children's education.