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If you're like me, you know that Martin Luther King Jr. is honored on the third Monday in January and that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You might even know there is a week sometime in the fall reminding us to celebrate and read banned books. But did you know there are countless official or unofficial education and career development observances in 2015?

It's true! Maybe the list below, including links to items we here at Kuder are especially looking forward to, will motivate you to act this year.

From the Obvious to the Unexpected: Education and Career Development Observances in 2015


January is National Get Organized Month. Already organized? Congratulations! You aren’t left out, though, with so much more happening this month. For example, January is also National Mentoring Month. This may prompt you to play an active and positive role in the life of a young person, or to honor someone who has made a difference in your life.

Other notable observances include:

  • National Mentoring Month (Thank Your Mentor Day is January 15)
  • National Financial Wellness Month
  • National Handwriting Analysis Day (January 23)
  • International Clean Out Your Inbox Week (January 26-30)
  • Better Business Communication Day (January 26)
  • National Fun at Work Day (January 28)


As National Time Management Month and International Expect Success Month, February has several education and career development observances in 2015, including:

  • Black History Month
  • CTE Month®
  • National School Counseling Week (February 2-6)
  • International Networking Week (February 2-6)
  • National Entrepreneurship Week (February 21-28)
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (February 26)


March presents many conversation starters about education and career development. Check out this fun list:

  • Expanding Girls' Horizons in Science and Engineering Month
  • Social Work Month
  • International Ideas Month
  • Women's History Month
  • Read Across America Day (March 2)
  • National Grammar Day (March 4)
  • Employee Appreciation Day (March 6)
  • International Women's Day (March 8)
  • International Ask a Question Day (March 14)


As National Honor Society Month and National Math Awareness Month, April is full of learning opportunities. Do you have a child working to improve his or hers grades, or whose struggle with math is bringing down their confidence? Use April to work together toward success!


The month of May is for anyone interested in planning activities to build a healthy body and mind.

  • Get Caught Reading Month
  • Homeschooling Awareness Month
  • Military Appreciation Month
  • Young Achievers/Leaders of Tomorrow Month
  • Update Your References Week (May 3-9)
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8)
  • Bike to Work Week (May 10-16)
  • International Coaching Week (May 18-24)


School's out and June seems to be geared toward adults who are in need of a little improvement or motivation.

  • Effective Communications Month
  • Entrepreneurs “Do It Yourself” Marketing Month
  • Rebuild Your Life Month
  • Men's Health Education and Awareness Month


Go ahead and stay in summer vacation mode in July. All it asks is to please consider cell phone etiquette as part of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month.


On the downslope of Summer, August invites you to spend time relaxing with your family while thinking about heading back to work and school.

  • What Will Be Your Legacy Month
  • Happiness Happens Month
  • Scrabble Week (August 3-7)
  • International Youth Day (August 12)
  • Return to Work Week (August 24-28)
  • College Colors Day (August 28)


Back to school! Use the dates and themes below to not only think about the here and now, but future plans as well.

  • College Savings Month
  • Backpack Safety Month
  • Library Card Month
  • International Update Your Resume Month
  • International Enthusiasm Week (September 1-7)
  • Build a Better Image Week (September 20-26)


The month of October is jam-packed with observances, bringing awareness to everything from books to workplace politics. Encouraging people to read is a predominant theme, as National Book Month includes Book It! Day (October 1) and Great Books Week (October. 4-10).

Other topics include personal development and life in the workplace:

  • Arts and Humanities Month
  • Positive Attitude Month
  • Work and Family Month
  • Workplace Politics Awareness Month
  • World Teachers Day (October 5)
  • Customer Service Week (October 5-9)
  • Face Your Fears Day (October 13)
  • Celebration of the Mind Day (October 21)
  • Make a Difference Day (October 24)


Do you or someone you know have an entrepreneurial spirit? Cultivate that in November!


Many people begin thinking about the New Year in December. Consider incorporating December's suggestion, National Create a Business Plan Month, into your resolutions, or piggyback on the theme by helping a student complete an education plan in Kuder Navigator!

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About The Author

Stephanie Sherrod is a senior communications specialist for Kuder. Before joining the company in 2015, she spent 15 years as a consultant, writer, and editor for organizations in varying industries, including a major textbook publisher in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a bachelor’s degree in ... read more