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Education has arguably never been more important – for both the current crop of students and a future generation of lawmakers who could shape the landscape of learning for years to come.

Because of that, the timing of American Education Week, observed from Nov. 12-16, couldn’t be any more perfect. The annual weeklong observation dates back nearly a century and “presents all Americans with an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education,” according to the National Education Association.

Are you an educator or parent in need of resources to supplement your own education efforts? Looking to support an organization doing that can help you on those fronts? We’ve compiled a list of those types of programs that might encourage folks to continue their education. Have a look:

The National Education Association (NEA) offers students kindergarten through 12th grade a host of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) resources that are either free, online or both. To learn more about what the programs the NEA has made available, go to its website by clicking here.

K12.com, which “provides online education solutions for public school students in pre-K through 12th grade,” offers a number of internet-based programs that range from leadership development opportunities to college workshops and summer camps. To learn more about what K12 has to offer students, visit its website by clicking here.

The National Student Attendance, Engagement, and Success Center (NSAESC) offers students educational “strategies, technical assistance, resources and materials” that were “developed and compiled by national leaders with extensive expertise and knowledge of K-12 early warning systems and student mentoring models.” To learn more about NSAESC, visit its website by clicking here.

In recent elections, we’ve witnessed lauded teachers wage successful campaigns even while still teaching full-time. With a record number of teachers not only running for office but also winning, these noteworthy educators are setting new standards nationwide as both leaders in the classroom as well as politically.

The Associated Press summed it up quite neatly in a recent article, calling the political phenomenon “a wild-card political movement” fueled in part by parents and students “focused on outdated textbooks, crowded classrooms and teacher shortages.”

Other teachers may be similarly inspired to seek office one day. If they do, they’ll likely have to credit a number of educational resources, like those mentioned, that were made available and allowed them to flourish academically and professionally.

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