Educational Observances and Events in 2021


Happy New Year! As districts start to resume the school year after a well-deserved holiday break, the team at Kuder is already looking forward to many more special events and celebrations among educators in the year ahead.

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:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – Monday, January 16th
  • International Day of Education – Tuesday, January 24th
  • #ThankYourMentorDay – Thursday, January 26th
  • National Mentoring Month


Career and Technical Education Month® (CTE Month®) in February is a public awareness campaign to celebrate the value of CTE and its achievements.

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.

Our comprehensive days of significance in February include:

  • Groundhog Day – Thursday, February 2nd 
  • Job Shadow Day – Friday, February 3rd
  • Rosa Parks Day – Saturday, February 4th
  • National School Counseling Week – February 6-10th (#NSCW23)
  • Valentine’s Day – Tuesday, February 14th
  • Washington’s Birthday (Presidents Day) – Monday, February 20th
  • National Engineers Week – February 19-25th
  • Digital Learning Day – Thursday, February 23rd
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day – Thursday, February 23rd (#GirlDay2023).  
  • 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.  

Special days of significance in March include:

  • Employee Appreciation Day – Friday, March 3rd 
  • National Women in Construction Week – March 5-11th
  • International Women’s Day –  Wednesday, March 8th (#EmbraceEquity)
  • International Social Emotional Learning/SEL Day – Friday, March 10th (#SELDay #SocialEmotionalLearning)
  • Daylight Saving Time Begins –  Sunday, March 12th
  • St. Patrick’s Day – Friday, March 17th
  • Women's History Month
  • Youth Art Month


April Fool’s Day is on Saturday, April 1st; so go ahead and get your office pranks ready.

Weeklong events and additional days of significance in April include:

  • April Fool’s Day – Saturday, April 1st
  • National Student Employment Week (NSEW) – April 4-10th 
  • World Creativity and Innovation Day – Friday, April 21st
  • Earth Day – Saturday, April 22nd
  • Administrative Professionals Day – Wednesday, April 26th (#AdminProfessionalsDay)
  • Take Our Kids to Work Day – Thursday, April 27th
  • Financial Literacy Month (#FinancialLiteracyMonth #FinLitMonth)
  • National Internship Awareness Month
  • Workplace Conflict Awareness Month
  • Mathematics Awareness Month


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. 

More days of significance in May include:

  • National College Decision Day – Monday, May 1st
  • Teacher Appreciation Week – May 1st-5th (#ThankATeacher)
  • National Teacher Day – Tuesday, May 2nd 
  • National Nurses Day – Saturday, May 6th
  • Public Service Recognition Week – May 7-13th
  • Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 14th
  • Memorial Day – Monday, May 29th
  • 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:

  • Father’s Day – Sunday, June 18th
  • Juneteenth – Monday, June 19th
  • First Day of Summer: Summer Solstice – Wednesday, June 21st
  • Online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application deadline – Friday, 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 –  Tuesday, July 4th
  • National Intern Day – Thursday, July 27th 
  • 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 to keep in mind for August include:

  • National Aviation Day – Saturday, August 19th
  • Women’s Equality Day – Saturday, 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, with many experts suggesting parents evaluate their options in setting up a 529 plan. 

Other days of significance in September to be aware of:

  • Labor Day – Monday, September 4th
  • International Literacy Day – Friday, September 8th
  • International IT Professionals Day – Tuesday, September 19th
  • First Day of Fall: Autumn Equinox & American Business Women’s Day – Saturday, September 23rd
  • 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 2nd-6th
  • World Teachers’ Day – Thursday, October 5th
  • Indigenous People’s Day – Monday, October 9th
  • National Boss’s Day – Monday, October 16th
  • Halloween – Tuesday, 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 5th
  • National STEM and STEAM Day – Wednesday, November 8th
  • International Accounting Day – Friday, November 10th
  • Veterans Day – Saturday, November 11th
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week – November 13-19th
  • National Parental Involvement Day – Thursday, November 16th
  • Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 23rd
  • Giving Tuesday – Tuesday, November 28th
  • 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 2024, take note of the following upcoming days and weeks of significance:

  • Special Education Day – Saturday, December 2nd
  • International Day of People with Disabilities – Sunday, December 3rd
  • Computer Science Education Week – December 4-10th (#CSEdWeek)
  • First Day of Winter: Winter Solstice – Thursday, December 21st
  • Christmas Eve & Noche Buena – Sunday, December 24th
  • Christmas Day – Monday, December 25th
  • Universal Human Rights Month

As you reflect on the memories made and goals accomplished this past year, we hope these observance dates have inspired you to set new goals and make plans to cultivate new memories in 2024. 

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About The Author

Jess Wegmann

Jess Wegmann is a senior digital marketing specialist for Kuder. She holds a degree in marketing with an emphasis in advertising and digital media from University of Northern Iowa.

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