Public Schools Week 2021
Join Learning First Alliance and Our Partners to Celebrate Public Schools
Public schools nationwide are facing their biggest challenge yet: Balancing the competing needs involved in educating our children. Schools have always been a safe haven for all students, a shelter for our most disadvantaged students, a place for nurture, love and learning. As we head back to school this year—virtually and in person--we cannot predict what the future will hold. But we are committed to learning and growing. Educators, parents, and communities are rising to many challenges.
We will continue to ensure that every child—regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, income, family background, or ability—is cared for as if he or she were our own.
A new school year is always an exciting time with high expectations, and as schools reopen this year—virtually or in person—classes will may look and operate quite differently. But our goals and our commitment to students are the same: As public school leaders, we are working for the best interest of all of our students. We will keep them safe, learning, and growing, one student at a time.
As we focus on getting students and staff back to school safely, we are happy to announce the dates for Public Schools Week 2021: February 22-26, 2021.
Public Schools Week is a designated week for administrators, teachers, specialists, teacher educators, parents and school board members to host events for their communities and reach out to lawmakers, businesses, and other community members to discuss the importance of public education. Public Schools Week brings together LFA members, educators, parents and many others across the country to show the strength—and potential—of our nation’s public schools and our students’ futures. We celebrate public schools year round with #PublicSchoolProud to show some of the exemplary work of our nation's educators, particularly in these extraordinary times and circumstances.
Stay tuned for more details this fall. Below are materials from Public Schools Week 2020 that are incorporated into the #PublicSchoolProud campaign.
VIDEOS AND PODCASTS: We have numerous podcasts with exemplary educators who are working tirelessly to improve public education for their students and families. Check out our podcast page with interviews from teachers, parents, administrators, principals and many more.
Legendary education activist and historian Diane Ravitch has lent her support to Public Schools Week in this video. Also, be sure to watch LFA's video explaining the importance of Public Schools Week and advocacy for local public schools (closed captioned version available here)
EDUCATORS AND PARENTS SPEAK OUT ON CAPITOL HILL: On Feb. 26, a distinguished panel of award-winning educators and parents spoke about their experiences in public schools and show our lawmakers how they can better support all public schools during a panel presentation. Watch the recording on LFA's Facebook page.
Take the Pledge for Public Schools and show your support for your local public school. We are compiling our signatures and will present our list of concerned supporters to members of Congress and the state legislatures during Public Schools Week 2021.
START SHARING! Our Social Media Toolkit has all the tips and tools to celebrate and show your pride in your public schools. Take the Pledge for Public Schools, then print and a selfie with our NEW "I Took the Pledge" Placard and share with friends on social media.
JOIN US as a supporter in 2021. Please fill out the form to be listed, and we will contact you with more information on how to participate.
REGISTER your events by using the event registration so we can show your commitment to public education.
ASK your state representative to sponsor a resolution to mark Public Schools Week 2020. A state resolution could be based off of either this 2020 U.S. House of Representatives resolution or the 2020 Senate resolution. This letter has information for members of Congress to sign on to the resolutions.
DOWNLOAD and print our posters--we have NEW large-size posters that can be displayed it in your school entrance, office or classroom.
- The 8.5 x 11" 2020 Public School Proud poster
- NEW poster with students and school bus for Public Schools Week (18 x 24")
- NEW poster on building successful schools (18 x 24")
Need more ideas? Here's a list of the top three things your school can do to join the celebration.
Social Media graphics:
Download our 11x18" #PublicSchoolProud infographic.
- Facebook post--Fred Rogers quote
- Facebook post--Take the Pledge for Public Schools
- Facebook post--Dr. Seuss quote
- Facebook post--Helen Hayes quote
- Facebook post--Our Students, Our Future
- Facebook post--Mark Twain quote
- Facebook post--da Vinci quote
- Facebook post--Einstein quote
- Graphic--Take the Pledge for Public Schools
- Graphic--Fred Rogers quote
- Graphic--Students looking at solar eclipse
- Graphic--Support public schools today, build a better workforce for tomorrow
- Graphic--Chinese proverb
The National Superintendents Roundtable has a graphic, Giving Schools an Honest Grade, that shows the remarkable achievement by public schools.
Public Schools 2019 recap
During Public Schools Week 2019, educators and community members marked the week with events and outreach to their communities. In Washington, a bipartisan group of lawmakers spoke out on the importance of a strong public education system for our country’s future economic strength, and members of the House and Senate marked the week with resolutions of support.
Materials from our 2019 toolkit for school officials and other educators can be found here.