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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.

  • Is It Time to Move to a Four-Day School Week?

    The four-day school week first gained popularity after the recession of 2008, when schools were looking for ways to cut funds. In this model, students attend school for only four days, usually Monday through Thursday or Tuesday through Friday, with the fifth day of the week being used for teacher planning. Because students go to school for fewer days, those school days tend to be longer than their five-day week counterparts. This model has been especially popular in rural areas, where one less day of the school week saves districts from bussing students long distances to the building. Teachers, who are always strapped for time and under stress, appreciate having a day to plan lessons, catch up on grading, and schedule appointments.



  • The Power and the Value of a Teacher

    Maya Angelou said:

     

    “This is the value of the teacher, who looks at a face and says there's something behind that and I want to reach that person, I want to influence that person, I want to encourage that person, I want to enrich, I want to call out that person who is behind that face, behind that color, behind that language, behind that tradition, behind that culture. I believe you can do it. I know what was done for me.”



  • Additional Support for Social-Emotional Learning

    A new school year is in full swing across the country. While many educators hoped for a year that resembles normalcy, the current surge from the COVID-19 delta variant continues to create obstacles for the education system. With students returning to the classroom, there is one acknowledgment that all educators must make: tha pandemic has shaken the foundations of many of our students and the related trauma they experienced did not disappear over the summer.



  • Global Game Changers provides tips on talking about the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with your classroom

    Twenty years ago, tragedy struck every home in America on September 11, 2001. 



  • A Lesson in Stress Management – Learning to DeStress at School can set Teachers (and Students) up for Succes

    After a year and a half of pandemic learning, going back to the classroom will be a tough transition for both teachers and students. Teaching is stressful under normal circumstances, but the uncertainty and constant stream of new regulations and requirements will make this school year particularly demanding. 



  • Mental Health Resources for Back to School

    As summer winds down and families and their children prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, there’s no doubt your students will have mixed emotions as they adjust to their new schedules and routines. 



  • CDC Revises Guidance Again in Light of Ballooning COVID-19 Cases

    After the CDC relaxed its guidelines around schools this past month, many began to look forward to a maskless back-to-school season. Districts and schools made plans for in-person schooling in the fall, complete with less social distancing and voluntary masking.



  • New Report on Youth Mental Health

    This week, Mental Health America released a report on the condition of youth mental health in the United States. The report looked at the increasing levels of poor mental health among teens and the state of mental health education and other services in the nation’s schools.



  • Summer Recommendations for Teachers

    Summers for teachers provide a well-needed break from the constant hustle and bustle of a school year full of the many moving parts of teaching. Anxieties about the next task dwindle as the school year gives way to a time for rest and reflection.