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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.

  • Resources & Websites to Help You Teach Impeachment

    Beginning Tuesday, the impeachment trial of President Trump will be in full swing in the Senate. This is a highly delicate time in our nation and also one of those rare instances when we can see civics in action. For both of these reasons, it’s important that teachers grab this history-in-the-making teachable moment.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for January 17th

     

    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: prayer, textbooks, jets, and more!



  • Advocacy 101

    Happy New Year from the Association of American Educators Foundation! This is an exciting time for education advocacy and we believe that our members have the professional experience and influence to make a lasting impact on the education field for all children. To express your interest, or to nominate a fellow member in our 2020 Advocacy Fellowship, please complete the following application by January 31st, 2020. The length of the fellowship is one year, February 2020 through December 2020, and includes a stipend of $1000.



  • 5 Tech Tools to Try in 2020

    The world of education software is quickly changing. It seems as though everyday a new website or app launches. After decades of lagging behind business, the education world now finds itself with an array of tools to use. So many that some of the higher quality tools may be overlooked. If you’re struggling to keep up with all the options, here are five tools we think you should look at for the upcoming year.

     



  • Weekly News Round-Up for January 10th

     

    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: immunizations, Juul, ransomware, and more!



  • Weekly News Round-Up for December 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: A shooting update, a civics test, some new clinics, and more!



  • How to Cope with Student Stress During the Holidays

    Every educator I know wants the holidays to be a happy time. We go out of our way to fill the days leading up to the holiday break with fun, engaging lessons, moments of levity, and shared good cheer. When it’s time to send our students off for the year, we do so with a party and the belief that the down time will be one of relaxation and reinvigoration for all of us. The ugly truth is that for many of our students this is not so. Instead of a time of relaxation, the holidays can be one of stress and sadness for many, including our students.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for December 6th

    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: Wisconsin’s shootings, Houston’s take over, and school choice!



  • It’s Time to Lessen Teacher Caseloads

     

    Today’s guest post is by John Unger, one of AAE’s Advocacy Fellows. In this blog post, he shares his views about the workload that many teachers are confronted with.

     

    The quote, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance” really hits home as a public educator. There are often times when decisions about student learning come second to financial decisions or political decisions. When the general public thinks of education, they assume it is kids sitting in a classroom learning all the knowledge the teacher can throw at them, but this is not what our public schools look like at all. Teachers must deal with behaviors, mandates, budget cuts, build lesson plans, teach 100 different kids a day, manage lunch duty, and handle many other requirements. Lost in all of this is the need to educate each kid, and what makes that primary task a greater challenge, is that our students are all different and unique learners in their own way. In today’s education system, teachers are having a hard time meeting the needs of all kids and one reason is our schools don’t meet the needs of today’s learner. The general public doesn’t see the day-to-day needs of all of our students and teachers are often left to fill the multiple roles that non-educators think they should fill.