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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.

  • Music Teacher Starts Ukulele Club with AAE Grant

    The Association of American Educators is proud to present Karen Cuen of Fullerton, CA with a $500 classroom grant!

    Ms. Cuen is a music teacher at Oak Ridge Elementary School. She will use her grant to begin a ukulele club at her school. Since asking students to purchase the ukuleles themselves was not possible, she would not have been able to start the club without the funds that AAE provided.

  • How Teachers Spend the Holiday Season

    It's that wonderfully chaotic time of the year between Thanksgiving and Christmas when the weeks are short, the days are rushed, and every evening seems filled with another activity. For teachers, this means plays, concerts, field trips, and dealing with students who are less focused than they are the rest of year. The scant amount of time between these two lengthy breaks makes it hard to fit in an entire unit or project, which means that teachers have to get creative with how they spend their class time.

  • Weekly News Round-Up for December 8th

    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 cover yet another school shooting, plus other news.

  • It’s Not Too Early to Think About Your Job Search

    During this season, where a teacher will be working in the next academic year may be the last thing on their mind, however, this is the time of year where teachers who will be changing jobs need to start planning. It is in this winter season that schools and districts begin to assess their needs, plan their recruiting efforts, and post the first jobs for the upcoming school year.

  • Games for the Secondary English/Language Arts Classroom

    The power of game-based learning is widely acknowledged in education. Games not only have the ability to engage students, but they often involve more complex thinking skills. However, some classes are easier than others to incorporate games into. Elementary and math classes lend themselves to competitive games that test recall or the ability to quickly answer problems, while history and social studies classes can incorporate simulations and more complex games easily. Simple online games are a treasure trove for math, vocabulary, and beginning grammar.

  • Forbes Just Released Their 30 Under 30 in Education for 2018

    Each year, Forbes picks the 30 most influential 20-somethings in each field to highlight. The result is an interesting picture of the current and future trends in that field. Obviously, the magazine has a business bias and favors individuals who have started their own company, but the education list spans the field and includes everything from rappers who speak out on social issues to college mentorship programs. It also features several former teachers and includes products and companies that are aimed at K-12 students and their teachers.

  • Thanksgiving Is for Social Studies

    Numerous studies over the past few years have shown that knowledge about American history and civics is declining. Yet, despite widespread acknowledgment of the problem, little is being done to put Social Studies front and center in schooling. The subject is so often drowned out by the constant drumbeat to raise test scores and the pressing need for greater STEM education.

  • Weekly News Round-Up for November 10th

    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: the tax plan, hurricane relief, and guns in schools.

  • New Research on How to Prevent Dropouts

    A recent practice guide from What Works Clearinghouse provides recommendations on how to prevent student dropouts. What Works Clearinghouse is a subdivision of the Institute of Education Sciences which focuses on boiling research down into key takeaways. Unlike research papers, this new practice guide is a compilation of all research on the subject, meaning that the recommendations are the ones shown to be most effective.