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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.

  • Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

    This blog was written by Julie Coiro and originally posted on Edutopia.org on August 29, 2017.


    An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to assess its level of accuracy, reliability, and bias. In 2012, my colleagues and I assessed 770 seventh graders in two states to study these areas, and the results definitely got our attention. Unfortunately, over 70 percent of the students’ responses suggested that:



  • Weekly News Round-Up for September 15th

    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, AAE finds the news our members really want to see. This week, Idaho has named their teacher of the year and it’s a member! Also, the ESSA deadline looms as teachers strike and DeVos urges educators to rethink schools.



  • Artificial Intelligence: The Next Lesson Plan Revolution?

    I always relied heavily on online lesson plan banks when I was still in the classroom. I was among the first generation of teachers that was comfortable online, and looking up ideas and inspiration online only seemed natural. Plus, since I worked at a small school, I had five preps each day meaning I had less than 10 minutes planning for each 45 minutes of content with some subjects out of my area of expertise. Turning as much planning over to someone else was a necessity just to keep my head above water.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for September 8th

    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, AAE finds the news our members really want to see, and this week there are hurricanes again making headlines as they continue to affect large numbers of schools and teachers.



  • Historic Hurricanes: Teacher Resources

    Currently Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are all bracing for possible impact from Hurricane Irma. The hurricane is massively wide and has broken records for strength and duration. If forecasts are right, it will hit the US weeks after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas’s gulf coast, the first time back-to-back hurricanes have hit the US coast.



  • Rural schools turn to high-tech teacher training solutions

    Written by Nichole Dobo and originally published on The Hechinger Report on August 24th, 2017


    In an isolated area deep in the Appalachian Mountains, finding enough teachers can be a challenge, to say the least.


    And once teachers arrive, schools have to contend with another problem. Educators must meet annual requirements that dictate how much time they spend improving their craft – even though teachers’ colleges aren’t often nestled in such remote locations.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for September 1st

    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, AAE finds the news our members really want to see. At the top of the headlines this week is the fallout from Hurricane Harvey.



  • Four Great Books for Teaching Grammar

    For many writing teachers, grammar is the bane of their existence. Questions abound about how best to teach it. Should time be spent diagramming sentences? Should you teach rules at all? If you don’t teach rules, how do you explain to your students why a sentence doesn’t mean what they think it does?



  • Direct Strategies for Direct Instruction

    Most teachers like to envision their classroom as a place where curiosity flows and students are allowed to pursue their own interests and drive their own learning. In reality, though, there is a state-mandated curriculum that must be taught and even if there wasn’t, the limits of time dictate that the personal desires of the students sometimes need to be set aside so that students can learn what is expected of them.