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Professional Development That Takes You to Another World, Almost
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 06, 2011, 01:30 pm   


My decision to travel outside of the United States as a twenty-year old quickly became a time to observe what education looked like throughout the world. On every trip or study abroad experience I did my best to experience education in the country being visited. And upon my return from every trip I realized just how much the experience broadened my horizons (pardon the cliche) and helped me develop many content-rich lesson plans that intrigued my students.

Budget Cuts Threaten the Next Generation of Educators
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 06, 2011, 01:22 pm   

President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have often mentioned that the cornerstone of their education agenda is their focus on recruiting America's best and brightest young people to a career in teaching. With programs like the TEACH campaign, the Obama administration realizes that we are at a crossroads with our teacher workforce, as the majority of American teachers will be retiring in the next ten years. Unfortunately due to unprecedented budget shortfalls and the threat of layoffs, experts are warning that college students will be less likely to pursue a career in teaching for fear of uncertainty in the profession.
AAE Federal Update April 4, 2011
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 05, 2011, 09:46 pm   

House Reauthorizes SOAR Act

Last week, the SOAR Act passed the U.S. House on a 225–195 vote, reauthorizing and expanding the successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP), an initiative aimed at providing scholarships to private schools to low income students in Washington, D.C. The SOAR Act not only restores the DCOSP it also expands the program, allowing more students to receive scholarships in our nation's capital. Would you add some stats about how kids using these scholarships are doing better academically and are more likely to attend college? I know there is good data on the program.
Union Battle Progress
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 04, 2011, 12:32 pm   

Since the news in Wisconsin broke, more than 12 states have adopted similar legislation aimed at curbing union power, advancing education reform policy, and ending forced unionism. The national unions and their state counterparts have proven that regardless of outcomes in the legislature, they will fight on in court- spending countless dollars on organizing ballot initiatives and recalls. Make sure to follow the news in your state by reading AAE's daily blog posts.

Educational Apps for iPhone and Droid
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 03, 2011, 10:21 pm   

I find myself in the constant state of "student" regarding technology in education, especially when it comes to my iPhone. It's exciting; it keeps me on the edge of my seat; it keeps me humble.

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