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 school starts 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.

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 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.

NEW: Download our Public Schools Week 2021 poster (18"x24") for your school, office or classroom as a reminder of all the great things that are taking place in public schools.

For more information, go to 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. 

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.

START SHARING! Use our sample Social Media images and messages to celebrate and show your pride in your public schools. 

See a sample Letter to the Editor, published in a Minnesota newspaper, and use this format to write your own.

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.

Organizations Supporting Public Schools Week 2020:
Association of Education Service Agencies (AESA)
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC)
Catahoula Parish School Board (Louisiana)
Cedar Falls Schools (Iowa)
Citizens for Public Schools
Colleton County School District (South Carolina)
Council of Administrators of Special Education
Council for Exceptional Children
Discovery Education
Douglas County School District (Colorado)
Edge Partners
Edgeley Public School (North Dakota)
First Book
First Focus on Children
Hamtramck Public Schools (Michigan)
Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education
Indiana Coalition for Public Education
Kansas Learning First Alliance
Learning Action Buffet (New Mexico)
Long Island Opt Out
National Association of Federally Impacted Schools
National Association of School Psychologists
National Education Association Retirees Organization (NEARO)
National Newspaper Publishers Association
National Superintendents Roundtable
Network for Public Education
New Jersey PTA
NYSAPE (New York State Allies for Public Education)
Ohio BATs
Oklahoma Parent Legislative Action Committee
Omaha Public School Board
Oregon Save Our Schools
Oregon School Employees Association
Pastors for Florida Children
Peabody Federation of Teachers, Local 1289 (Massachusetts)
Rhode Island Learning First Alliance
Save Our Schools Arizona
School Family Media
School Social Work Association of America
Scottsdale Parent Council (Arizona)
Stamford Public Education Foundation (Connecticut)
Stand For Schools
Sun Prairie Area School District (Wisconsin)
The Arc of the United States
The Colonial Williamsburg (Va.) Foundation
TREE (Tennesseans Reclaiming Educational Excellence)
WakeEd Partnership (North Carolina)
White Plains Teachers’ Association
Wisconsin Association of School Boards
Wisconsin Public Education Network
Woodridge School District 68 (Illinois)

Social Media graphics:

Download our 11x18" #PublicSchoolProud infographic

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.

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