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American Education Week Celebrates Public Education

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
It’s American Education Week (Nov. 15-19, 2021), which gives us another opportunity to celebrate public education, its impact on society, raise awareness to the needs of public schools, and celebrate those who are essential in helping facilitate student success.
The first observance day of American Education Week goes back to 1921, when it was aimed at increasing literacy levels of the average American. The week of recognition is celebrated the week before Thanksgiving, and it helps people understand other perspectives, our civic duties, and ways to carry our society forward.
Earlier this week, State Superintendent Dr. Jill Underly proclaimed Nov. 15-19, 2021, as American Education Week in Wisconsin. See her proclamation by clicking here or by visiting
Dr. Underly also wrote an op-ed regarding the week, in which she referred to educators as heroes, spoke to her experience growing up, and highlighted the importance of educators in the lives of Wisconsin students. Check out Dr. Underly’s op-ed by clicking here, or by visiting
You can also follow along throughout American Education Week by following the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on Twitter or liking the DPI’s page on Facebook. Throughout the week, the DPI will be posting shout outs to Wisconsin teachers. Join in on the week by using the hashtags #WIAEWShoutOut and #AEW2021.