For years, teachers who wanted to prove that they were a step above other educators would pursue a graduate degree in a specialized field. These degrees took years to complete and there were only a limited amount of degrees that teachers could earn. On top of that, they were a one-time deal. Once you had one graduate degree, there was little more you could do to prove your worth.
AAE Tuition Discount Offers Keep Members at the Top of Their Field
posted by: Alana | July 07, 2016, 04:04 pm
AAE continues to be the fastest growing teachers association of its kind as more and more teachers choose AAE membership each and every day to represent their interests as teachers. And there are a great many factors that play into this growth, too, not the least of which being amazing benefits such as our tuition discount offers.
Seven Instructional Strategies Every Teacher Needs to Know, Part 1: Practice Over Time
posted by: Melissa | May 05, 2016, 10:02 am
Today, we’re beginning a seven-part series on instructional practices every teacher can and should be using. In 2007, IES identified these strategies as proven to work and NCTQ brought attention to them earlier this year when they suggested the principles for teacher preparation classes. You’ll find nothing flashy or fashionable here–just time-tested and well-worn tools that too often get neglected.
Revolutionary Teacher Training Programs You Should Know About
posted by: Melissa | March 21, 2016, 11:27 am
The format of teacher training programs as we know them today first solidified in the early 20th century. Designed by academics who placed a high value on the theoretical and psychological aspects of the teaching craft, they emphasized teachers discovering their “philosophy of education” and spent very little time on the practical aspects of teaching. This practice lasted several decades. However, as teaching has moved into the 21st century, there have been attempts to modernize the way teachers are taught and trained. Several new programs are taking the lead with surprising results.
Understanding the College Essay & How to Improve Student Results
posted by: Alana | March 04, 2016, 04:30 pm
Guest post by Kenneth Waldman
Students frequently find themselves asking why they have to write yet another essay, and educators often forget to remind them about how essential essay writing is to self-development and future success. As a result, they often lose sight of the purpose for the assignment and don’t dedicate enough time to the project. This can be crippling to a new college student.
2016 will certainly bring new developments for technology in schools Below, we’ve listed off the top five tech trends to keep an eye out for this year:
MOOCs have been a way for teachers to sharpen and hone their skills for several years now. Despite their popularity, anyone who has wandered into the world of online education can tell you that not all courses are created equal. Some online courses, just like some in-person workshops, rely too much on videos or lecture. Perhaps they have the learner go through a series of slides without ever really digging deep into the knowledge in question. So when a good course comes along, it makes sense to make sure that AAE members know about it.
Winter PD: Learn One New Thing Over Break
posted by: Guest contributor | December 15, 2015, 04:48 pm
Alabama State Teacher of the Year and finalist for National Teacher of the Year, Ann Marie Corgill resigned from teaching after 21 years this week. By all accounts, Ms. Corgill was an excellent teacher. She was a National Board Certified Teacher. Her students, colleagues, and principal all spoke well of her. She was a mentor to other teachers and a published author. Moreover, there’s every indication that she loved her students and that she loved her job. What could possibly drive such a talent out of the system?
The Intersection of Professional Development and the Common Core
posted by: Melissa | October 30, 2015, 01:13 pm
It’s an interesting time for people who work in educator professional development. The very way that we pursue teacher development is changing. Part of this stems from the internet, which has made it possible for teachers to seek out their own opportunities beyond the four walls of the school building. Part of this comes from the mounting evidence that the traditional “sit and get” method of professional development doesn’t result in any actual change.
Creating Inclusive Spaces: The Importance of Classroom Design in Special Education
posted by: Guest contributor | October 26, 2015, 09:29 am
by Michelle Manno
When it comes to teaching special needs students, it’s important to focus on the physical environment of the classroom. USC Rossier alumna and high school teacher Angelina Clark understands how creating inclusive spaces in the classroom can benefit both the teacher and students.Continue Reading...
The 41 Most Innovative K-12 Schools, and the Top 9 Ways They’re Winning at Education
posted by: Alana | October 23, 2015, 04:18 pm
Geography is one of those courses that gets very little attention. In the mid-20th century, most schools ceased teaching geography as a separate course and merged it with civics and history to from the new “social studies” course. This move makes sense in a number of ways. In high school and middle school, social studies courses are taught as global studies combined with the study of history of a region and a study of how that region’s geography affected and had been affected by that history.
Have you ever had a pet in your classroom? Are you considering one for your classroom this year? Back-to-school time may be the perfect opportunity to give consideration to such a rewarding undertaking!
It’s seldom that we find anyone who mirrors our own beliefs so well and succinctly as we do in this post by Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Todd Rademacher. Like Mr. Rademacher, AAE is in it for the students and we’re proud to work with anyone who shares our passion for teaching and children. You can find the original post on Mr. Rademacher’s blog.
End Double—and Lower—Standards for Special Education Teachers
posted by: Guest contributor | August 28, 2015, 09:39 am
By Sandi JacobsMs. Jacobs is vice president & managing director for state & district policy for the National Council on Teacher Quality. Learn more about NCTQ.
Almost 6.4 million students—about 13% of students overall—receive special education services. Meanwhile, nearly the same percentage of the teacher workforce works in special education classrooms. Considering the need for these professionals and the specialized skills required of them, you’d think expectations for preparing and licensing special education teachers would be at least as high as they are for other teachers, if not higher.Continue Reading...
College Board Reveals Revised AP US History Framework
posted by: Melissa | August 03, 2015, 11:15 am
Last year, the College Board made waves when it released the revised standards for Advanced Placement (AP) US History. The revised course was criticized by conservative politicians and pundits for being anti-American. Many people pointed out that the framework often presented a one-sided view of history in its attempts to explore historical controversies and nuances.
AAE has always been committed to advancing the professionalism of educators. We believe that teachers are true professionals with valuable insights and unique talents and strengths. In order to gauge how our members feel about issues surrounding professionalism, we conducted a poll on what it means to be a true professional.