American Education Week Wrap-up

Posted: November 18, 2011

As we wrap up American Education Week, Spectrum Industries would like to recognize all those who contribute to the lives and education of our youth. First and foremost, United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and National Education Association (NEA) Dennis Van Roekel have the largest influence of any Americans on our education system. Even though their ideologies differ on how to best route for education to take, they stood united in a Monday morning meet and greet in Alexandria, VA. The kickoff event at T.C. Williams High School recognized the importance of education and what is needed to be successful in the future. Tuesday saw the unveiling of NEA’s new guide for educators in developing effective partnerships to help improve student performance. The rest of the week has been largely dedicated to those in education supporting roles that don’t normally get high-profile recognition. Wednesday was a national day of recognition – Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day – to honor everyone from bus drivers to cafeteria workers to administration staff. Communities across America celebrated Educator for a Day on Thursday, which allowed individuals to serve as educators and get a real feel for the numerous duties that are condensed into a teaching position. Today is Substitute Educators Day. Many of us are familiar with pinch-hitters and bench players having to come in on a moment’s notice and continue their team’s momentum. Substitute teachers likewise have the very difficult task of ensuring a continuing quality in our children’s’ education – no small task considering the very little time they have to prepare lessons! School modernization has also been a focus throughout American Education Week. Decades of research has shown that the condition of school facilities affects student achievement. This is not a lost topic to employees at Spectrum. We pride ourselves on improving the student environment with what best suits a school’s needs. When a teacher or administrator reaches out to thank us for helping to improve classrooms, it means a lot. This week, we would like to return the favor and show our appreciation to the entire team of people who work with our students to improve their well-being. THANK YOU!!
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