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The Association of American Educators
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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.

  • Combat Summer Slide: 5 Websites to Send Them Home With

    The dreaded summer slide remains a stumbling block in the modern educational system. Each year, as the year ends, we educators watch our students leave filled with new knowledge and experiences. We think about our hard work during the past months with joy and satisfaction. By the time those same students return in the fall, however, they will have forgotten much of what they learned the year before. For students from low-income neighborhoods, this could be as much as two-months’ worth of learning!



  • CNN's School-led Zero Plastic Lunch Initiative on World Oceans Day

    On June 8, CNN is asking students around the world to celebrate World Oceans Day with a Zero Plastic Lunch -- a lunch with no single-use plastics. Schools and students then share photos of their lunches, and videos explaining what changes they made to their lunch, with CNN on social media and email.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for May 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, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, we’re following the tragic news coming out of Texas, along with other news.



  • The Value in Cultivating Grit

    This week, we have a guest post by AAE member Jillian Smart.


    In January, I posted a blog on my own site about confidence-building strategies. The take-home points are that we (1) value mistakes and model healthy responses to failure, (2) encourage learners to focus on what they can do, and (3) maximize critical thinking opportunities.



  • A New Report Recommends Strategic Compensation for Teachers

    On May 8, National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a nonpartisan research and policy group that is committed to modernizing the teaching profession, released an analysis of states’ strategic teacher compensation policies. This comes amid national concerns over teacher salaries.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for May 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, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, teachers are protesting in North Carolina, some schools struggle when dealing with LGBTQ students and staff, a district in Texas lures teachers with pay, and more!



  • Here Are Your National Teacher Appreciation Week 2018 Deals

    National Teacher Appreciation Week is upon us and teachers across the country are being feasted by their administrators and showered with coffee mugs from their students. Beyond that, a host of national chains are offering special discounts or free offers for educators this week. Check out the list below to find a deal near you!



  • Weekly News Round-Up for May 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, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, we have three walk outs: the teacher strike ending in Arizona, the proposed teacher walk out in North Carolina, and the student walk out for gun rights.



  • Don’t Know if That App is Classroom Appropriate? Apple Has a Guide for That.

    Tablets and phones have fully integrated themselves into our classrooms and with them come the bevy of applications that seem to multiply daily. Many of these apps are aimed at students or advertise themselves as educational, but are they always appropriate for classroom use? Should you try to integrate them into your lessons?