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The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educators' organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda.

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We have the utmost confidence in the women and men who serve our nation’s students. Their professionalism and dedication will shine. Commit to priortizing the well-being of all of our children as we work through these disruptions together.

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In Support of School Choice

posted by Melissa | January 28, 2023, 08:37 am

Imagine touring the school your child is supposed to attend and finding that it is not at all what you had pictured school to look like. My parents toured our neighborhood school in the 1980s and couldn’t wrap their heads around the idea of an open-concept school building where each grade level had “pods” that served as classrooms and you could see and hear everything going on in all of the other pods. What my parents imagined when they thought about a good learning environment involved one teacher, desks in rows, in one classroom with four walls and a door, with no more than 15-18 students. This “pod” situation was not what they envisioned at all and luckily, they had several parochial schools to choose from as well in our area. It was important to my parents that the school align with their values, with a focus on rigorous academics and a grounding in their religious faith.

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Retreat in the Reading Wars

posted by Melissa | June 02, 2022, 08:31 am

There are few elementary educators who are unfamiliar with the name Lucy Calkins. Calkins rose to prominence alongside the curriculum she wrote with the Teachers College at Columbia University. Her Units of Study quickly became the poster child for the balanced literacy approach that has dominated reading instruction over the past several decades. Schools have increasingly integrated the methods that Calkins promotes even if they don’t adopt the whole curriculum, which is why it’s so problematic that mounting research has indicated the approach is flawed.

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Jennifer Jenkins on her AAEF Grant

posted by Melissa | March 24, 2022, 09:57 am

Educator Jennifer Jenkins used her AAEF Classroom Grant funds for the purchase of leveled readers for her students, who since the pandemic, have been struggling to meet their reading goals.

I have taught Kindergarten for seventeen years and this year has been the most difficult. I have noticed over the past two years, students are getting further and further behind as they enter Kindergarten. Students need to have a love for learning and a love of reading, and my job is to create an environment that does just that.

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