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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.

  • App Round-Up: The New Apps You May Not Know About

    Every week thousands of new apps are added to Apple’s iTunes Store. While the majority of these are games, there’s also hundreds of new educational apps. Which of them should you be paying attention to? Have you missed any that would be good for your classroom? Check out our list of new & notable apps below:



  • Top 5 Blogs for Personalized Learning

    Personalized learning has been a buzzword in education for a while now, but this week it seems to have hit new heights. It seems as if everyone who is anyone had something to say on the issue. Near the top of the pack is this blog by AAE Advisory Board Member Michael Petrilli warning about the dangers of doing personalized education wrong. Petrilli reminds us that education isn’t just about learning skills piecemeal, but about being able to use those skills in the appropriate context and advocates for a “wholesome” and “nutritious” curriculum.



  • High Quality CTE Programs Across the Country

    This morning, Rep. Virginia Foxx was at AEI speaking about the importance of career and technical education. She’s not the only one. This once demeaned field is getting new life in the 21st century, fueled by increasing reports of a skills/jobs mismatch. In other words, there are great jobs out there for students with a high school or associates degree in technical fields, however there aren’t enough people with the skills needed to fill all of those jobs.


    Many schools and districts are attempting to fill that gap by revitalizing their career and technical programs. Read on below to see what districts across the country are doing to breathe new life into CTE.



  • AAE Member & Idaho Teacher of the Year Fights Cancer and Poverty

    What do you want to be when you grow up?


    The question every child is asked. Some find their answer and some are inspired.


    Mary Spiker inspires children every day. When they walk into her class, children walk into a magical learning environment.



  • Songs in the Classroom: A YouTube Channel for Every Subject

    Everyone knows the feeling of getting a song stuck in your head. There’s just something about the right mix of lyrics and melody that stays with us, which is why research shows that using songs in the classroom can be such a powerful pedagogical tool. Studies have shown benefits in using music to help teach reading and promote spatial reasoning. There have also been numerous studies that have tied the use of music to an increased ability to recall facts and/or text.



  • Have You Tried Genius Hour in Your Classroom?

    Genius hour began to be the trendy new thing several years ago and quickly made the rounds through businesses before going on to schools. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it’s an easy one. The idea originated with Google which gives their employees 20% of their time to work on any project that they choose. The result was some of Google’s most well-known products, like Gmail.



  • Teacher Must Reads for Summer 2017

    Teaching is a rough job and by the time that summer rolls around, teachers can be exhausted physically and emotionally. Those two to three months are essential for teachers to recharge and find new inspiration. The books below will help teachers do just that.

     



  • Making Math Emotionally Satisfying

    It’s no huge secret that many of our students continue to struggle with anxiety when it comes to math. Math is the one subject that many students feel they’re just not good at and are likely to view as something they can’t learn or is beyond their skill, but it doesn’t have to be that way.



  • Five Facts for National Kindergarten Day

    Today is National Kindergarten Day and AAE is saluting all of our members that teach kindergarten. Kindergarten is perhaps the most transformational year in a child’s life and, providing a bridge from early childhood to school age, is a grade that is unique to itself. So today, we celebrate kindergarten and kindergarten teachers with five facts you may not otherwise have known: