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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.

  • A Georgia charter school gives life to Red Ribbon Week!

    This week's guest blog is written by AAEF Fellow Jason B. Allen.

    In Georgia, there is a Black male counselor making social change with his school and community by focusing in on the importance of Red Ribbon Week.

    This post is celebrating a fellow Black male educator, Ken Kemp who is a Black male counselor at RISE Prep in East Point, Georgia. Ken shares a recent win for the school and how this has propelled his scholars into our local communities to make a global impact.



  • What School Looks Like In ReOpening Countries

    In most places in the U.S., schools have conceded the school year, announcing that they will remain closed. However, in countries where Coronavirus hit sooner, some schools are beginning to reopen. By looking at those schools, we can get an idea about what our own school days might look like in September. 



  • Why Now Might Be the Time to Implement a Choice Reading Program

    Coronavirus has seemingly turned the world on its head and has upended much that we’ve traditionally taken for granted about teaching. No longer do we see our students every day. There are no classroom routines or structures to help students manage their time or keep them on task. There’s little we can offer by way of rewards for those students who are diligently doing their work.



  • Wants and Needs During COVID-19

    This week's guest blog is by AAEF Advocacy Fellow Tabitha Brown, teacher, mentor, and grade-level lead at Global Village Academy in Northglenn, CO.

     

    In kindergarten, two of our social studies lessons include learning the difference between wants and needs and our relation to our community. These seem to be two lessons that may quell the current frenzy for action. I teach kindergarten and desperately want to be with my kids, to reassure them that things will return to normal, to give them time to engage with peers, and guide them in their exploration of their world. I need to do it digitally, I need to be home. 



  • Zoom Bombing & How to Avoid It

    When schools started closing a month ago, the natural transition for most educators was to pick a video platform and move their classes online. While some schools already had a method for videoconferencing established, in other schools, teachers were left to figure out what to use on their own. It quickly became apparent that one video conferencing service was standing out from the rest: Zoom. 



  • School Choice: A Shape Sorter

    This week's guest blog is by AAEF Advocacy Fellow Tiffany Svennes, Director of Post-Secondary Studies, Denver Justice High School, Denver, Colorado.

    I will never forget the day I learned the true depth and meaning behind the School Choice movement. I attended traditional schools as a student and have always been involved in non-traditional schools as a professional. The fact that parents should be able to enroll their students in a school outside their neighborhood seemed silly and arbitrary until the day I learned better. Ironically, my one-year-old daughter in all her slobbery glory clued me into this education lesson.



  • 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?