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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.

  • Invest now to reward yourself and your students later

    Hello fellow Colorado teachers and educators everywhere. My name is Dave Dillard, and I am a Technology Integration Specialist with Cheyenne Mountain School District. I have been teaching for almost 15 years, 10+ of which were with a Title One school, with a 50 percent free and reduced lunch population. I have taught first, second, fourth, and sixth grades. In my current role, I help teachers incorporate technology in meaningful ways across their curriculum. One of my jobs is to provide video tutorials for teachers, showing them how to more effectively use the tools that are at our fingertips. This might include showing them how to create videos, how to use our Google Apps infrastructure, how to problem-solve and troubleshoot, as well as participate in basic video conferencing to assist them as they are working with their students.



  • AAE Grant Funds Science Kit

    This week’s guest blog is from Jacqueline Fawaz. Jacqueline was one of our Spring 2020 National Scholarship & Grant recipients. Like many educators around the world, she had to quickly shift the focus of her grant as schools began to close. She writes: 



  • Summer Reset

    Schools and families need a reset over the summer.

    Every student, teacher, parent, and administrator has experienced a tumultuous spring semester, and we all need to take time for self-care. Many of the systems districts and teachers are using were designed hastily, and they should take advantage of the summer break to gather input from families and ensure that students are being served appropriately. It is incumbent on schools to offer summer learning opportunities in a way that respects what families are experiencing.



  • An AAE grant advances the classroom

    Today's guest blog was written by Ms. Samantha Vargas, an English language teacher from New Jersey.

     

    My students needed more access to culturally representative books. I teach at a charter school in Jersey City, New Jersey that has a large percentage of students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. Therefore, it is my goal to cultivate the reading community I’m building. However, I cannot do this without a current classroom library that caters to the different ability levels and interests in my classes. I have been purchasing books for my kids, but it is not enough for all of my students and the process is slow, often one book at a time. 



  • Teaching in the Time of COVID

    This week's guest blog is by AAEF Advocacy Fellow and Educator Joli Sotallaro.

     

    Summer break is here, and for the first time in my teaching career, I am left to wrap up the school year without the typical traditions of field days, yearbook signings, and games. All the events that provide closure and celebrate a year of learning and growth have been shifted to digital platforms and have left me and many teachers with a feeling of unease and a sense that this year could not possibly be over. In the process of cleaning and closing down my classroom, reflection on what has undoubtedly been one of the most difficult years brings to the front of my mind several thoughts.

     



  • Five Videos on Flipped Mastery Learning

    There’s a lot that we don’t know about what school will look like next year, but there is one thing we almost certainly do know: many schools will once again close due to Coronavirus. 



  • How Can I Help Dismantle Systemic Racism as an Educator?

    Systemic racism has been a hot topic following the unnecessary and tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. There have been a number of protests across the country calling for the dismantling of systemic racism and for police reform, including the defunding of police. Many students may not understand the full capacity or severity of everything that is happening, and it's important that you know how you can help as an educator.



  • 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.