Education and Career Development Observances & Events

We’ve all heard about frivolous holidays like National Donut Day or Take Your Dog to Work Day, but the special days, weeks, and months we care about most here at Kuder have to do with education and career development. Now’s the perfect time to get organized and stay up to date on the latest celebrations, events, and observances — so mark your calendar and get planning.


January

We all have a special person in our life that has influenced us in a positive way. Take some time during National Mentoring Month to appreciate the people who’ve made a difference to you. Learn how you can participate, or even seek out a mentorship opportunity (#MentoringMonth #MentorIRL). Also take note of these related days:

  • January 17: International Mentoring Day
  • January 31: #ThankYourMentorDay

The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) (January 27-30) draws education professionals from around the world for a collaborative exploration of new technologies, best practices, and pressing issues. (Be sure to stop by Kuder’s booth.)


February

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only holiday to celebrate this February:

  • Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, is a public awareness campaign to celebrate the value of CTE achievements and accomplishments around the country.
  • Encourage students to participate in the CTE Month and NASA HUNCH Video Challenge: Working Out of This World.
  • February is also Financial Aid Awareness Month, a time when deadlines are fast approaching for college-bound students to submit the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), and many campuses hold Financial Aid Awareness and FAFSA events.

The short, but busy, month of February also includes the following events and observances:

  • African American History Month is, as President Gerald R. Ford once said, to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Join in the remembrance of the many important people and events that shaped the history of African Americans.
  • National School Counseling Week (February 4-8), sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), celebrates the impact school counselors have in helping students with academic achievement and develop social and emotional development.
  • The National Career Development Association (NCDA) Career Practitioner Institute, with a focus on "Practical Techniques and Strategies for Career Development Practitioners,” takes place February 15.
  • The National Conference on Education (AASA), brings together superintendents from every state, and takes place February 14-16. This year’s theme is “Effective Leadership Creates Success.”
  • The Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience, which brings together higher education professionals can share experiences, concerns, and accomplishments related to supporting student learning, development, and success in the first college year, takes place February 16-19.

March

Start off the month right with Employee Appreciation Day (March 1), an unofficial holiday when companies thank their employees for their hard work and effort throughout the year.

International Women’s Day takes place on March 8 this year. This year’s theme is all about making a gender-balanced world. Keep up to date on the #BalanceforBetter.

March claims one of my favorite days of the year: Pi Day (and no, it’s not the kind you eat). Pi day (March 14) celebrates the Greek letter “π” that is used in mathematics. 


April

After we’ve all survived April Fool’s Day, let's turn attention to financial literacy, counseling, and internships:

  • The United States has recognized April as Financial Literacy Month since 2003, and CEE conducts a full roster of events throughout the month to shine a spotlight on the importance of economic and financial education (#MySavingsStory). 

  • The American Counseling Association's Counseling Awareness Month celebrates the work counselors do to help clients develop strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges they’re facing. Counselors can share stories about how they help others using the hashtag #CounselorsHelp.

  • National Internship Awareness Month is a great time to encourage students to take advantage of the many internships that are available out there. (Check out these articles on internships.)
  • National Library Week (April 7013) is a time to recognize the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.
  • National Volunteer Week (April 7-13), powered by Points of Light, is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and volunteers. Make a difference in your own community and spread the word.
  • Earth Day (April 22).
  • Administrative Professionals Week (April 23-28) honors the more than 22 million administrative and office support professionals working in the United States (#WeLeadUp).
  • The countdown for National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (April 25) is on! This year’s theme is Workforce Development for ALL.

May

If you listen, you can probably hear the familiar melody of "Pomp and Circumstance" playing throughout the month of May because it's the unofficial/official high school and college graduation month. May 1 is not only May Day, but National College Decision Day (#DecisionDay #CollegeBound). Many high school seniors will be making their final commitment to where they will attend in the fall of 2019. Find out more about gearing up for the big day.

Teacher Appreciation Week runs May 6 - 10, 2019, and May 7 is National Teacher Day, making May the perfect time to give back to our teachers. Make sure you #ThankATeacher this year.


June

June is the perfect month to participate in these fun work-related celebrations and events:


July

If celebrating the Independence Day isn't enough, you can also celebrate National Picnic Month and National Ice Cream Month in July. But if you’re looking for something more education- and career-related, try:


August

With the summer coming to an end it’s time to get back into an academic or professional mindset. Celebrate What Will be Your Legacy Month or National Truancy Prevention Month.

Start off the month right during Simplify Your Life Week (August 1-7) , which focuses on spring cleaning both clutter and your personal life.


September

September is College Savings Month. Are you/your students being conscious of savings? As autumn is approaching, make sure to keep these days in mind:

  • Labor Day (September 3) is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It’s a good time to reflect on the state of your career.
  • International Literacy Day (September 8) “shines a spotlight on global literacy needs… literacy for everyone, everywhere.”
  • National School Backpack Awareness Day (September 18) is sponsored by The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

October

October is a busy month, so buckle up:

Take some time this month to appreciate the people you know with these hardworking positions:

  • National Custodian Day (October 2).
  • Customer Service Week (October 7-11).
  • National Pharmacy Technician Day (October 16).
  • National Boss’s Day (October 16).
  • National Paralegal Day (October 23).
  • National First Responders Day (October 28).

November

November is National Career Development Month. Check out the National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) website for resources.

Get down to business by taking time to incorporate the following into your workplace or classroom:

  • National STEM Day (November 8) inspires kids to pursue and explore their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
  • International Accounting Day (November 10)
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 18-24), powered by the Kauffman Foundation, aims to inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity, bringing together students, collaborators, investors, and mentors.
  • World Kindness Day (November 13).
  • National Apprenticeship Week is a celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to demonstrate their support for apprenticeship.
  • Keep an eye out for LinkedIn's Bring In Your Parents Day, which typically takes place in early- to mid-November. 

December

As the year comes to an end, it’s a good time to reflect on all the observances you celebrated in 2019 and find new ones for 2020! Check back to Kuder to see next year’s edition, as well as the latest news year-round!

But before you can set new year’s resolutions, you shouldn’t forget about these days:


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Did we miss a day, week, month, or event that you celebrate? Let us know!


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About The Author

Hannah Sand

Hannah Sand is a School-to-Work intern at Kuder and a senior at Waukee High School in Iowa. She plans to major in marketing at Iowa State University in the fall of 2019. 

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