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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.

  • Your Teacher Summer Reading List – 2018

    People who don’t teach, sometimes make snide comments about educators having the summer off. They have little understanding of the hectic pace of the school year and how little time there is for teachers to actually pause and reflect on their teaching techniques or explore new methods. In this whirlwind environment, the summer is a necessity. It allows teachers the time they need to catch their breath, do some personal reflection and assessment and find out what is new in the field of education. And for the teacher who is unsatisfied with the way they’ve been doing something – it’s the perfect time to change course  and try something new.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for July 13th

    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, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, new school safety recommendations, an NAACP statement, more Janus fallout, and more!



  • Online Course Offerings for the Summer

    Summer is the perfect time to reflect on your craft, target areas of growth and achieve your development goals. It’s also a more focused time to get those credit hours in during the summer months before the new school year begins! Many institutions are offering special condensed summer courses for teachers. Check out our five selections below:



  • Weekly News Round-Up for July 6th

    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, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, union news abounds!



  • The Teacher Legacies that We Can’t Get Out of Our Head

    Teachers don’t get into it for the money. Many teachers report starting a career in education due to altruistic feelings and a desire to positively impact the world around them. For some, impacting others in life isn’t enough. Some teachers are so dedicated to their students, that they seek to help them even in death, leaving behind legacies that impact generations to come.



  • A Classroom Need - Diverse Teachers

    Recently while celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week and attending The Atlantic’s Education Policy Summit, it was abundantly clear that diversity among teachers has become a top policy issue. However, it has been an ongoing crisis in classrooms throughout the US for decades. In 2016, the US Department of Education commissioned The State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce report. The purpose of this report was to provide a current snapshot of the racial diversity of educators in our nation’s elementary and secondary public schools. (Please read it if you have time!)



  • Weekly News Round-Up for June 29th

    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, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, we lead the news with a landmark court ruling for teacher freedom!



  • A Victory for Teacher Freedom

    In a major victory for teacher freedom, today the Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that public sector employees cannot be forced to pay agency fees as a condition of employment.


    In the ruling, Justice Alito wrote, “Under Illinois law, public employees are forced to subsidize a union, even if they choose not to join and strongly object to the positions the union takes in collective bargaining and related activities, We conclude that this arrangement violates the free speech rights of nonmembers by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern.”



  • Summer Side Gigs: Tips for Teachers Looking for Extra Income

    Guest post by Joyce Wilson.


    Let’s face it, people don’t go into teaching because they want to get rich. It’s a noble profession, one whose rewards tend to be of a personal nature. Teachers derive great satisfaction from seeing their students succeed and go on to have good academic careers. Some say the best teachers are those that instill a love of learning for its own sake and instill self-discipline in their students, which serves them well throughout their lives.