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The Association of American Educators
AAE Blog
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.

  • Introducing the Darrell & Suzanne Holmquist Student Teacher of the Year Award

    The Association of American Educators has a long history of providing funds for educators just when they need them. We’re immensely proud of our Classroom Grant and Teacher Scholarship programs. Through them, we have been able to provide thousands of dollars each year to educators to spend on their professional development or on classroom supplies. Last year, we expanded that program to include our COVID-19 Relief Grants that helped teachers facing an uncertain school year to get the materials and training they needed. We’re ecstatic to announce that we are once again expanding our awards program.



  • Resources for Taking Classroom Discussions to a New (Improved) Level

    This week, the President of the United States gave his annual address to a joint session of Congress and to the public. It’s sure to be controversial. These speeches, whether given by Democrat or Republican, regardless of its actual contents, are always controversial.



  • The lasting influence of Beverly Cleary

    My mother read Beezus and Ramona when she was a child. By the time I was in elementary school, I was firmly ensconced in the whole Ramona series. Decades later, when I entered the classroom, Dear Mr. Henshaw was considered a classic and part of the canon that every student read.



  • What’s the Difference Between Hybrid Learning and Blended Learning?

    While we’re not out of the woods yet, the dropping COVID-19 infection rates have started conversations about how schools will reopen with safety measures in place.  Many schools and districts are adopting a gradual reopening plan in which some students will attend classes in-person in their classrooms while others will join their classmates remotely.  We have heard this instructional model referred to as “hybrid learning” and “blended learning”; however, it is important to make the distinction between the two terms as more schools adopt this model. 



  • As an Educator, What Are My Rights Regarding Vaccinations?

    With the increase in availability of vaccinations, and the prioritizing of educators in many districts, the questions regarding educators’ rights, requirements, and policy have also increased. Here is a one-pager of responses to most recently asked questions surrounding vaccinations prepared by AAE Legal Services. We hope you find them useful and clarifying. The AAE Legal Services team is always available if you have further questions or additional concerns.



  • Ways to Celebrate Women's History Month Virtually

    March is Women's History Month, meaning throughout the month all of the history-makers and trailblazers will be celebrated. We are still battling the COVID-19 pandemic, so many normal lessons and field trips can't take place. However, the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC.org) has curated a list of live, interactive virtual field trips that educators can access to enrich discussions surrounding Women’s History Month. The diverse list of interactive learning experiences ranges from an exploration of women who served in World War II at home and abroad; to stories of women war reporters who have made indelible marks in the field of journalism. Several of the offerings are free to the public, while others have a fee associated.



  • Meet the 2021 AAEF Advocacy Fellows

    The Association of American Educators Foundation is excited to welcome our latest cohort to the AAEF Advocacy Fellowship! Since 2018, AAEF has supported educators in leveraging their voices and unique experiences to make lasting change in our profession. During this year-long experience, AAE Foundation will foster our new Fellows’ advocacy skills and knowledge, including their education policy orientation and understanding.



  • Yes, Even in a Pandemic, Teachers Still #LoveTeaching

    This week’s guest blog is from Gary Abud, Jr. 

     

    We used to talk about teacher shortages, but now just about everybody has become a teacher in some way. 



  • Black History Month in the classroom

    February is Black History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Americans throughout this nation’s history. Carter G. Woodson introduced the idea of Black History Month in 1915, with every U.S. president designating the month of February as Black History Month since 1976. Many other countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom celebrate Black History as well.

    Here are several resources to help you include Black History Month lessons and conversations in your curricula.