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The Association of American Educators
AAE Blog
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 August 18th

    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, Charlottesville reactions, a major shift in attitudes towards Charters, and more!



  • Teacher Desk Must Haves

    Education is different from many professions in how teachers seldom have their own space. The classroom is a shared space between students and teachers alike, and teachers seldom have it to themselves. Even during planning periods, many teachers find another teacher or another class in their room. After school, the classroom is often co-opted for after-school care or extracurricular activities.



  • Take a Field Trip - Without Leaving the Classroom

    There’s no doubt that field trips are valuable experiences for students. They expose students to experiments and environments that they may not have access to otherwise. They also encourage students to engage in authentic learning experiences.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for August 11th

    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, the Illinois funding feud continues, Kansas redesigns their schools, Arizona vouchers hit a roadblock, and more!



  • Resources for the Great American Eclipse

    On August 21st, 2017, a total solar eclipse will stretch from the Pacific to the Atlantic, stretching across the entirety of the continental United States. The eclipse will begin around Newport, OR at 10:15 am (local time) and will end around Charleston, SC at 2:48 pm (local time). This means that the majority of the United States will be in school during the eclipse, with some schools even extending hours to avoid sending students home during the darkest period.



  • Taking Control of Your Professional Development with Research

    This week, we have a guest blog by the Effortful Educator. It’s the first post in a series on research and professional development. The rest of the series can be found on the Effortful Educator website.


    This is the introduction to a series meant to empower the classroom teacher to take control of their professional development through research. So often, a teachers only experience with professional development is the prescribed whole-school PD that takes place perhaps once a month or through a school-wide book club. While these development opportunities can be valuable, I believe the teacher should also have the ability to find, read, and implement ideas/skills/concepts for their own development.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for August 4th

    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, we’re mourning with educators in Minneapolis and send our prayers out to them.



  • How to Use Anchor Charts in the Classroom

    Posters and charts have long been a part of the classroom environment. They are effective ways for teachers to pass on information in a visual manner and to remind students of material that’s been covered in the past. In the past, these visual teaching elements have been store bought or were made by the teacher ahead of time with pre-determined content. However, a new type of chart is flipping that on its head.



  • Books to Help You Start the School Year Off Strong

    Across the country, teachers are setting up classrooms, writing curriculum, and getting ready to start the new school year. As teachers it’s too easy to rely on the habits we’ve developed over the years and what has always worked for us, however this time of year that we spend re-evaluating what we do is the perfect time of year to go back to the basics.