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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.

  • Weekly News Round-Up for June 16th

    We’re bringing to our members the education news that got our attention again this week. While there are a lot of stories about schools and teachers each week, these are the ones that we think you need to know about. This week, we have apprenticeships, the Broad Prize, testing and pension changes, and Dr. Dre.



  • Why Rigorous Literacy Instruction is Essential for Lifelong Learning

    By Eileen Murphy Buckley

    This post was originally published on Getting Smart on June 4, 2017.


    For my entire career as a teacher, I tried to instill a love of lifelong learning in my students. I wanted them to enjoy all the benefits and pleasures of an intellectual life long after they had left school. I considered it an essential goal of my work, not just an ideal. Today, the term “lifelong learning” has taken on an entirely new meaning to me–now it’s clear that it is an absolute imperative for economic success.



  • Top 5 Must-See Things at National Charter School Conference 2017!

    Teachers, administrators, and others in the education world are gathering in Washington D.C. this week for the annual National Charter School Conference, which bills itself as the best learning and networking event for charter school educators, leaders, and advocates, so of course we’re there, too.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for June 9th

    Again this week, we’re bringing to our members the education news that got our attention. While there are a lot of stories about schools and teachers each week, these are the ones that we think you need to know about!



  • Long vs. Short Literature: What’s Best for Teaching Language Arts?

    There’s an interesting debate going on in the education community right now. Increasingly, reading and English teachers are disagreeing over whether they should focus on short-form literature like short stories, one-act plays, etc., or whether they should focus on teaching through long-form literature like novels.



  • Top Teacher Discounts for Summer

    School’s out for summer, and what’s a teacher to do? Hopefully, this will be a season of relaxation and reinvigoration for educators across the nation. All those projects and all the travel can get a bit costly on a teacher’s budget though, so here are some discounts that will help you make the most of the summer months:



  • Weekly News Round-Up for June 2nd

    This week, we begin a new tradition. We always aim to keep our members informed of what’s happening in education, and to help us do that, we’re going to share the top education stories of the week.



  • Five Things You’re Likely to See in Tomorrow’s Schools

    Nearly everyone alive in the U.S. is familiar with the schools of the past. The school building surge of the 50’s and 60’s dotted the country with a plethora of squat, square buildings. Inside, wide corridors are framed by square classrooms filled with rows of desks and a whiteboard at the front. These schools were created with factory-model schooling in mind, and were designed to maximize the impact of a single room with one teacher and 25 students. However, schools are likely to change radically over the next 25 years.



  • 3 Ed Leader Recommendations for Building Phonics Instruction

    Today’s post, 3 Ed Leader Recommendations for Building Phonics Instruction was written by Jessica Slusser and originally published on Getting Smart.


    The process of learning to read is like climbing a ladder with incremental rungs to conquer, or scaling a mountain with several peaks and a summit. It’s best described through metaphorical examples. In the new Curriculum Associates publication What Really Matters in Teaching Phonics Today: Laying a Foundation for Reading, researcher, author and Professor Emeritus of Literacy Studies at UNC Chapel Hill Dr. Jim Cunningham explores the foundational reading skills that must be solidly developed in order for the “building” of reading and writing to be strong. He highlights why it is important to see phonics as a foundation and what really matters in phonics instruction: best practices, engagement and time management.