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The Association of American Educators
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The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national nonunion professional teachers association, advancing the profession through teacher advocacy and professional development, as well as promoting excellence in education, so that our members receive the respect, recognition and reward they deserve.

  • Demystifying Student Loan Forgiveness Programs for Teachers

    This week's guest post is by Emeka Oguh, Founder and CEO of PeopleJoy.


    Educators may qualify for two types of student loan forgiveness. The first type, Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) is the most well-known and is regularly mentioned in the news. The other type is called Teacher Loan Forgiveness. It comes with its own requirements. So, educators may have more forgiveness options than they realize.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for December 7th

    Each week, AAE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, a charter school strike, racist Christmas songs, a teacher with scissors, and more!



  • When the Observation Is a Surprise

    It always happens the same way. You’re just settling your class down, perhaps they’re a little rowdier than normal, or maybe it just seems that way, whichever the reality, you’re always distracted and never quite on your toes. This is when the administrator slips in, notebook and observation sheet in hand. There’s that brief flash of panic as you crane your neck to peer at your calendar. Did you forget? Was this scheduled? No, it wasn’t. If you’re completely honest, you’re a bit tired and weren’t planning on breaking any pedagogical ground today. There’s nothing to do, but briefly make eye contact, give the administrator a nod of your head, and press on to try to salvage something of the situation.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for November 30th

    Each week, AAE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, Tennessee’s one-note teaching force, rising teacher misconduct, battles over armed guards, and more!



  • Should You Add a Digital Assistant to Your Classroom?

    Google Home and Amazon Echo burst onto the market four years ago. While some predicted that these devices would be yet another technological fad, they have proven their staying power as well as their reach. As they penetrate deeper and deeper into the market place, some are asking if these devices have a place in the classroom.



  • Teaching About the Holidays in Public Schools

    This guest post by Peter Siegel first appeared on Edutopia on October 13, 2016


    Years ago, following a holiday concert I had just conducted at a small Vermont elementary school, a parent approached me with a complaint. “Christmas is the reason for the season,” he said. “So why can’t you sing about Jesus?” Public school teachers know that the answer is tied up in the U.S. Constitution, but the question did prompt me to ask myself a question that I still ponder today. Why do so many teachers find it hard to teach academically and meaningfully about all the holidays in a public school setting?



  • Weekly News Round-Up for November 16th

    Each week, AAE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, Nazi salutes, social studies changes, the effects of black teachers and more!



  • Weekly News Round-Up for November 9th

    Each week, AAE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, election results, teacher – student fights, Halloween costumes and more!



  • Remembering the Armistice

    Schools across the country will be closed on Monday November 12 or hold special ceremonies to recognize Veterans Day. While Veterans Day is an annual solemn day of remembrance, this year it holds special significance. November 11, 2018 marks not only the national holiday, but also the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the bloody war “to end all wars” that led to the holiday’s creation in its original name, Armistice Day.