Raise Your Hand - Take the pledge during American Education Week

Our public schools represent our nation’s commitment to helping all children dream their dreams and achieve them.

Raise Your Hand - Take the Pledge

Communities nationwide are joining the NEA from November 16-22 to celebrate 93 years of American Education Week (AEW), the annual observance that honors students, teachers, education support professional, parents and community members who help students succeed.

AEW was born out of national concern over illiteracy and was first celebrated in 1921 with NEA and the American Legion as cosponsors. Events take place the week before Thanksgiving and are designed to honor the hard work of students, recognize the professionalism and commitment of educators, and appreciate parents and community members who work toward quality public schools for every student.

The overarching goal of AEW was to generate public awareness and support for education, and that goal continues today.

Be a part of the annual celebration of American Education Week and Raise Your Hand for Student Success. Take this pledge and show your support for quality public education for all of America’s children. All of our students have a right to an education that prepares them for college and 21st century careers.

I pledge to RAISE MY HAND for:

Every child in America to have access to quality public education, regardless of family income or where they live.

All educators to be respected and treated as professionals and participate in key education policy discussions.

Parents, families, communities, and educators to come together and create partnerships to foster environments that are conducive for student learning.

Elected officials to do their part to ensure adequate tools and resources for all schools, include educators in key policy discussions, and make sure that students have access to a world class education—from pre-k and beyond.

Public schools to have smaller class sizes, up-to-date textbooks, and safe and clean environments.

Signing this pledge, I commit to being an advocate for great public schools for every student, and I will tell my relatives, friends, and colleagues to “Raise Your Hand for student success.”
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Teachers such as Sean Briel and Dan Nash are using innovative and proven methods to boost student achievement at Waipahu High School. Mr. Briel and Mr. Nash care deeply about helping every student find success.

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Working Beyond the Classroom

Teachers care. Did you know? Teachers’ work extends beyond their classrooms. It is not unusual for a teacher to work an average of 50-60 hours a week. This includes attending meetings before and after school, taking home papers to correct, staying late to plan for the next day or collaborating with colleagues on grade level projects, returning parents’ calls and e-mails, working weekends to support school activities, and helping with academic competitions, clubs, and sports. Some teachers on Oahu shared what teachers do with their community. They gathered at a local mall to tutor students, grade home work, prepare lesson plans, and demonstrate some of what they do to help students succeed.

Heartfelt “thank yous” can become a great source of inspiration to teachers or a cherished treasure to teachers looking back on their careers. Teachers go into teaching because they care and they want to impact children’s lives. A simple gift of “thank you” can show how they have done so. Mahalo.