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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.

  • Even in a Political Storm, I #LoveTeaching

    Our guest blog today is by Becky Mitchell.


    It’s been a week of highs and lows. In my home state of Idaho, our House Committee on Education repealed 301 pages of teacher certification standards without anything suggested to fill this void. The very next day, this same committee voted to reject all Idaho content standards in mathematics, English language arts, and science. This was after many educators testified for these standards, even though the date for these testimonies was changed several times. (For J.K. Rowling fans, much like when Cornelius Fudge moved Harry Potter’s trial so that Professor Dumbledore might miss defending him.)



  • Why I Love Teaching

    Our guest blog today is by Leah Michaels, an educatotor from Maryland.

    At the 2019 NCTE Conference in November, I heard author Tonya Bolden say, "When children know you love them, you can teach them anything," and I’ve thought about her speech almost daily since then. I #LoveTeaching because I love children, and have been inspired, especially in difficult moments at work, to ask myself to what extent my students feel loved in my classroom. Every day, teachers have a chance to show their students some love.



  • An invaluable learning adventure

    Our guest blog today is by Ami Ware, who won an AAE Foundation Teacher Scholarship.

     

    Finding meaningful, professional development can often be difficult for educators. Luckily, for librarians and others who are passionate about sharing a love of reading and books, there are a few amazing opportunities every year to meet with like minded individuals, authors, illustrators, and industry leaders who continue to shine a light on the importance of library programs nationwide. One such event is the Texas Library Association annual conference that takes place annually in various major cities throughout Texas in March. This year, attendees will meet in Houston to share and learn ways to ensure the future success of their library programs while also meeting with vendors, experiencing new technology tools, and hearing from award winning authors like Lois Lowry and Jason Reynolds.



  • Black History is American History. We Should Teach It That Way.

    Well, it’s that time of year again. The time of year where we as a nation check off the proverbial box of honoring the impact and contributions of African Americans in the United States. For a whole 28 days, we see Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and countless others surrounded by red, green, yellow and black flooding our timelines, tv screens, classrooms, and communities. But how genuine is the honor, if it lasts for one very short month and doesn’t tell the whole story?



  • Valentine’s Day Activities for the Secondary Classroom

    Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the elementary classroom. Students and teachers often spend the day sharing candy, completing heart-shaped activities, and playing games. Once students reach the upper grades, the situation often changes dramatically. Knowing of the day’s potential to lead to drama, many middle and high school teachers ignore the celebrations. 



  • Weekly News Round-Up for February 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: change is called upon. 



  • AAE Scholarship Sends Teacher to Kindergarten Conference

    Every year, AAE awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to help educators attain the professional development they need as they grow in their careers. This past year, some of those funds were awarded to Hollie Carroll so she could attend the 2020 California Kindergarten Conference. Here are her reflections of that opportunity and the lasting results.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for January 31st

     

    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: school choice is both celebrated and criticized.



  • Educational Choice in Arkansas

    Think of all the choices we must make in life; where to eat, where to live, where to work, what car do we want, what clothes to wear, and what college we want to attend, just to name a few.  All of these choices are individual wants of the person picking these choices and they make those choices based on many things. It could be the need to drive a truck for work, so they have to buy a truck. It could be they need to eat gluten-free meals so they have to pick a restaurant that serves gluten-free food. It could be that they enjoy working with their hands and the job type that they want is a 20-minute drive from their community where they can afford to live. It all comes down to personal choices to fulfill the needs and wants to make them a better person.