American Education Week and National School Psychology Awareness Week

American Education Week and National School Psychology Awareness Week
Posted on 11/18/2016
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American Education Week

American Education Week is November 14-18, 2016 and presents all Americans with an opportunity to celebrate and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “Great Public Schools:  A Basic Right and Our Responsibility”. 

American Education Week was first celebrated in 1921.  It began as a part of an effort to raise Americas literacy rate after WWI and now serves as a special opportunity to shine a light on the great things that schools do.

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National Education Support Professionals Day

As a part of American Education Week, Wednesday, November 16th is Education Support Professionals Day.  This is a day to honor of all who keep schools running and students safe, healthy and ready to learn.  From instructional assistants and paraeducators to office staff, health and student services employees, and food service staff; from custodians, maintenance workers and bus drivers to security guards, technology specialists, and skilled trades workers, todays support professionals provide invaluable services that enable students to learn in positive, supportive environments.  

Substitute Educators Day

Substitute Educators day is Friday, November 18th, and concludes American Education Week.  This day focuses on the importance of substitute school employees.  The individuals perform a vital function in the maintenance and continuity of daily education.  They are often called early in the morning, take over lessons with short notice, and ensure that quality education is maintained in our classrooms.


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The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has designated November 14–18, 2016 as National School Psychology Awareness Week.  This year’s theme, “Small Steps Change Lives” highlights how taking small steps can build greater successes and develops the academic and social-emotional skills students need to promote personal achievement, growth, and resilience, as well as a sense of belonging and well-being.

This year, school psychologists will be working with teachers and other school staff to help students understand how wellness, resilience, communication, and social skills can help them meet personal goals, overcome challenges, build positive relationships within the school community, and improve their academic achievement.  In North Kitsap School District, we thank our school psychologists for the work they do each and every day.