Educational Observances and Events in 2021


Happy New Year! Even amid a pandemic, the resilience of our teachers, parents, and students shined bright like a beacon of hope. Their ability to adapt and bounce back from the ever-changing circumstances thrown their way is something to reflect on and be proud of.

January is National Mentoring Month, so there’s no time like the present to find a mentor, thank a mentor, or become a mentor. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtags #MentoringMonth and #MentorIRL and get involved on the following days:

  • New Year’s Day – Saturday, January 1st
  • Law Enforcement Appreciation Day – Sunday, January 9th
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – Monday, January 17th
  • International Day of Education – Monday, January 24th
  • Fun at Work Day & Better Business Communication Day – Tuesday, January 25th
  • #ThankYourMentorDay – Saturday, January 29th 
  • National Mentoring Month


February is Career and Technical Education Month® (CTE Month®) is a public awareness campaign to celebrate the value of CTE and its achievements. Share your CTE story with the hashtag #CTEMonth.

Financial Aid Awareness Month (#FinAidFeb) offers up opportunities for college-bound students to learn about scholarships, grants, loans, and the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).

African American History Month serves as a tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in America. Search for and use the hashtags #AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth and #BlackHistoryMonth.

Other days of significance in February include:

  • Groundhog Day & Job Shadow Day – Wednesday, February 2nd 
  • Rosa Parks Day – Friday, February 4th
  • National School Counseling Week – February 7-11th (#NSCW22)
  • Valentine’s Day – Monday, February 14th
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week – February 13th-19th (#MakeKindnessTheNorm)
  • Washington’s Birthday (Presidents Day) – Monday, February 21st
  • National Engineers Week – February 20-26th
  • Digital Learning Day – Tuesday, February 22nd
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day – Thursday, February 24th (#GirlDay2022).  
  • African American History Month
  • Career and Technical Education Month®
  • Financial Aid Awareness Month


Make sure to commemorate the remarkable women in your life during Women's History Month! March is also Youth Art Month. Art in school curriculums help support, inspire and promote little artists in learning areas like problem-solving, creativity, observation, and communication.  

Other days of significance in March include:

  • Employee Appreciation Day – Friday, March 4th 
  • National Women in Construction Week – March 6th-12th
  • International Women’s Day –  Tuesday, March 8th (#EachforEqual #IWD2022)
  • National Women of Aviation Week – March 7th-13th (#WOAW22)
  • International Social Emotional Learning/SEL Day – Friday, March 11th (#SELDay #SocialEmotionalLearning)
  • Daylight Saving Time Begins –  Sunday, March 13th
  • St. Patrick’s Day – Thursday, March 17th
  • International Day for Achievers – Thursday, March 24th
  • Women's History Month
  • Youth Art Month


April Fool’s Day is on Friday, April 1st; get your office pranks ready.

Weeklong events and other days of significance in April include:

  • Financial Literacy Month (#MySavingsStory #FinancialLiteracyMonth #FinLitMonth)
  • Counseling Awareness Month (#CounselorsHelp)
  • National Internship Awareness Month
  • Workplace Conflict Awareness Month
  • Mathematics Awareness Month
  • April Fool’s Day – Friday, April 1st
  • National Robotics Week – April 2nd-10th
  • National Assistant Principals Week – April 4-8th
  • National Student Employment Week (NSEW) – April 5-11th 
  • Administrative Professionals Day – Wednesday, April 27th (#WeLeadUp #AdminProfessionalsDay)
  • World Creativity and Innovation Day – Thursday, April 21st (#IAmCreative)
  • Earth Day – Friday, April 22nd
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day – Thursday, April 28th (#workplacesuperstars)


May is commencement season, a time of joy and reflection for students and families. May is also Mental Health Awareness Month and Global Employees Health and Fitness Month, a time to reset fitness goals and focus on our overall wellness. 

Other days of significance in May include:

  • National College Decision Day – Sunday, May 1st
  • Public Service Recognition Week – May 1st-7th
  • National Teacher Day – Tuesday, May 3rd 
  • Teacher Appreciation Week – May 2nd-6th (#ThankATeacher)
  • National Nurses Day – Friday, May 6th
  • Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 8th
  • Memorial Day – Monday, May 30th
  • National Inventors Month
  • Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Global Employees Health and Fitness Month


Graduation ceremonies continue in June, a month that also brings summer breaks, vacations, weddings, beach days, as well as the following events of significance:

  • National Leave the Office Early Day – Thursday, June 2nd
  • Juneteenth – Sunday, June 19th
  • Father’s Day – Sunday, June 19th
  • First Day of Summer: Summer Solstice – Tuesday, June 21st
  • Online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application deadline – Thursday, June 30th


July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. This observance helps bring awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States.

Other days of significance and weeks in July include:

  • Independence Day –  Monday, July 4th
  • National Intern Day – Thursday, July 28th 
  • Minority Mental Health Awareness Month


August marks the beginning of the academic year for many schools and colleges. In addition, August is National Truancy Prevention Month and Get Ready for Kindergarten Month, making it the perfect time to support students’ engagement in school.

Other days and events of significance in August include:

  • National Aviation Day – Friday, August 19th
  • Women’s Equality Day – Friday, August 26th
  • National Truancy Prevention Month
  • Get Ready for Kindergarten Month


School is back in session and summer comes to an end this month. As the academic year begins, it’s time to celebrate College Savings Month. Spread the word to families to set up a 529 plan. 

Other days of significance in September to keep in mind:

  • Labor Day – Monday, September 5th
  • International Literacy Day – Thursday, September 8th
  • International IT Professionals Day – Tuesday, September 20th
  • First Day of Fall: Autumn Equinox & American Business Women’s Day – Thursday, September 22nd
  • Suicide Prevention Month
  • College Savings Month


It’s National Principals Month, so take a moment to #ThankaPrincipal. October is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Careers in Construction Month, Positive Attitude Month, and Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month.

Other days of significance in October include:

  • Customer Service Week – October 3rd-7th
  • World Teachers’ Day – Wednesday, October 5th
  • Indigenous People’s Day – Monday, October 10th
  • Columbus Day – Monday, October 10th
  • National Boss’s Day – Sunday, October 16th
  • Halloween – Monday, October 31st
  • National Principals Month
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • Careers in Construction Month
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
  • Positive Attitude Month


November is National Career Development Month and National Scholarship Month®. Students of all ages are shifting their focus and reflecting on their future career choices. 

As the busy holiday season begins, take note of the following days and weeks that take place in November:

  • Daylight Saving Time Ends – Sunday, November 6th
  • National STEM and STEAMDay – Tuesday, November 8th
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week – November 14-20th
  • International Accounting Day – Thursday, November 10th
  • Veterans Day – Friday, November 11th
  • National Parental Involvement Day – Thursday, November 17th
  • Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 24th
  • Giving Tuesday – Tuesday, November 29th
  • National Career Development Month
  • National Scholarship Month®


December is Universal Human Rights Month, a time for global unification and to stand up for the rights and dignity of all individuals. 

Before you set new year’s resolutions for 2022, take note of the following upcoming days and weeks of significance:

  • Special Education Day – Friday, December 2nd
  • International Day of People with Disabilities – Saturday, December 3rd
  • Computer Science Education Week – December 5-11th (#CSEdWeek #CSForGood #CSforSocialJustice)
  • First Day of Winter: Winter Solstice – Wednesday, December 21st
  • Christmas Eve & Noche Buena – Saturday, December 24th
  • Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25th
  • Universal Human Rights Month

As you reflect on the memories made and goals accomplished this past year, we hope these observances dates have inspired you to set new goals and make plans to cultivate new memories in 2022. 

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Cristina Wilson

Cristina Wilson has served as an editor and curator of the Kuder Blog. Cristina is a seasoned writer, editor, and educator with experience in writing diverse, well-researched, and informative articles.

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