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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.

  • In Case You Missed It – Here’s What Educators are Talking About!

    AAE held its first Educators Connect virtual gathering via Zoom on Tuesday, March 31. We had more than 30 attendees join for a lively discussion about topics we’re all facing during school closures, virtual instruction, and the general disruption and uncertainty as the Coronavirus pandemic up-ends our sense of normalcy and the education goals we had for the academic year.



  • Teaching students to understand their feelings

    By Lauren Golubski

     

    Suddenly school is not a physical space for many students, teachers, administrators, and staff. Daily routines of seeing many of these familiar faces in the morning, the ability to hug a friend, or receive a high-five, or fist bump from a teacher are on pause for the foreseeable future. However, social distancing does not mean communication should stop, and if anything, it should continue as consistently as possible, as your students need you even more. As adults, we struggle to make sense of this pandemic, including how we may feel, what challenges are affecting us, and how to navigate the world we currently live in. However, our students are still growing, developing, and understanding these abstract emotions called feelings and need support and guidance to understand their feelings a little more each day. 



  • Your Day as a Distance Learning Educator

    For most people in the United States and across the world, our day suddenly looks different. Restaurants are closed, and office workers have set up laptops on their kitchen tables. Educators may be used to waking up at the crack of dawn so that they’re in their classroom by 7:00 am, but in this new reality, they’re being asked to log in to a computer instead. A day of a classroom teacher is highly structured with every minute planned for. Now at home, teachers are having to plan their own day and figure out how to spend their time. So what should that look like? 



  • Weekly News Round-Up for March 20th

    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: Coronavirus closes schools across the globe.



  • Online Education for Students with Disabilities

    By Lauren Golubski


    The Coronavirus has led to many unprecedented measures this school year, which can lead to anxiety, fear, and confusion as an educator. Specifically, making sure that we are serving our students with disabilities with the correct accommodations and modifications can be challenging with virtual learning. In response, some school districts are remaining closed because they do not feel they best can support students with disabilities. Serving students with disabilities goes beyond the classroom setting as there are laws set in place, such as Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA).



  • Coronavirus Response and Resources

    The nation is responding to the Coronavirus pandemic and this includes school closures in most states. We understand that what you and your students are experiencing is disruptive, frustrating, confusing, and frightening. Thank you for the patience and professionalism I know you are demonstrating for your colleagues and for your students. 



  • Weekly News Round-Up for March 13th

    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: Coronavirus closes schools across the globe.



  • Resources for Learning at Home When Schools Close

    Our guest blog today is by Crystal Harmon.


    While nobody knows what the full extent of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak will be in the United States, school systems are already planning for the full range of scenarios—including the possibility of extended school closures.



  • Teaching Space with Apollo 13

    This upcoming April marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13. For those unfamiliar with the flight, or who have the tendency to get the Apollo missions mixed up, Apollo 13 is known for being the flight that almost failed. The crew survived an explosion that caused extensive damage to the shuttle and nearly killed them before they circled the moon and headed back to Earth. Their journey marks the farthest that humans had ever travelled from Earth allowing them to view the far side of the moon. Their story of bravery was memorialized in the 1995 movie starring Tom Hanks