Annually observed on the Wednesday during American Education Week, National Education Support Professionals Day honors the contributions of school support employees. These support professionals provide invaluable services and are essential partners in a child’s education.
The day honors a long list of professionals who keep schools running smoothly. They include all secretaries, classroom aides, cafeteria workers, maintenance workers, bus drivers, and the others who support educators, school leadership, and the students, too. These professionals do their part in making public schools exceptional for every child so they can be safe, learn, grow and achieve.
HOW TO OBSERVE #EducationSupportProfessionalsDay
Who in your school provides a service that needs recognition? They may be education support professionals. Give them a shout-out and show them you appreciate all they do for your school and the students.
- Organize an event recognizing their achievements.
- Attend your school’s day to honor the support professionals in your facility.
- Fill the bulletin boards with their photos and special thank yous.
- Create opportunities for students to get to know those professionals who work behind the scenes.
- Include thank yous in the school newsletter.
Use #EducationalSupportProfessionalsDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL EDUCATION SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS HISTORY
The National Educational Association Representative Assembly called for a day to be set aside to salute the schools’ support employees. In 1987, the assembly created National Education Support Professionals Day.