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Educator for a Day

Educator for a Day is a National Education Association (NEA) program that allows individuals from the community to experience an entire school day, with the guidance of school employees. The visiting educator performs all the duties of a regular school employee in a normal work day—teaching class, performing lunch and corridor duty, recess supervision, working in the cafeteria, among other responsibilities.

The program, originally developed by the Massachusetts Teachers Association, enhances understanding among educators and community leaders. In addition, it demonstrates to public officials and other decisionmakers, the successes and challenges our educators face and underscores the need for adequate staffing, materials, and facilities for students.

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Educator for a Day Letter to the Media (MS-WORD)
Educator for a Day Proclamation Request Letter (MS-WORD)
Education for a Day Press Release
Sample Media Alert (MS-WORD)
Certificate of Appreciation (PDF)

Educator for a Day reinforces AEW's tagline, "Reach. Educate. Inspire." It represents NEA's vision of calling upon all Americans to do their part in making public schools great for every child so that they can grow and achieve in the 21st century. For more information on American Education Week and Educator for a Day, visit


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