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Reform Matters: May 8, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | May 08, 2013, 07:39 PM   

Welcome to the Association of American Educators' online biweekly publication, Reform Matters. This education reform-focused publication features both original AAE content and a compilation of the latest news from the growing education reform community.

As the largest national non-union professional association for educators, AAE is a non-partisan choice for teachers across the country. We are proud to be member-driven and only take positions on issues after our members are surveyed at a majority. The studies, articles, and policies showcased in this newsletter have not necessarily been endorsed by AAE; however, by sharing new and innovative trends in education policy, we hope to educate and empower our members by examining new possibilities in education.

Feel free to forward this email on to colleagues, or encourage them to join our email list. We hope that you will provide us with feedback and consider submitting an article or study for consideration.
AAE Blog Roll: Don't forget to bookmark the AAE blog and the AAE Charters blog for original daily posts on trends in education reform and professional development.

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AAE Celebrates Teachers and Charter Schools This Week

This week, May 5-11, 2013, is both National Teacher Appreciation Week and National Charter Schools Week. AAE is pleased to recognize inspiring educators and to celebrate the growing national public charter school movement, this week and every week.

As you know, AAE is not only a committed supporter of hard-working teachers but of public charter schools as well. As the leader of the national non-union educator movement, AAE is committed to supporting teachers in all education settings by promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. This week is a special occasion for all of our members!

In commemoration of this important week in education, AAE's Executive Director Gary Beckner released the following statements:

"Everyone can pinpoint a remarkable teacher who made a considerable impact on their lives - both academically and personally. During National Teacher Appreciation Week, we encourage stakeholders across the country to celebrate educators who change lives, ignite passions, and set positive examples every day for their students. The Association of American Educators commends teachers who give their lives to their students. Your work is not forgotten and is greatly appreciated!

This week, AAE is pleased to recognize the growing public charter school community and the efforts of those involved in stewarding these innovative institutions. In the past few months, we have seen tremendous strides in expansion of charter schools across the country and we eagerly anticipate further advancements in the charter school movement. AAE joins with parents and students in thanking these teachers and administrators who make these life-changing schools possible."

For more about National Teacher Appreciation Week and National Charter Schools Week, visit their respective websites for information about how you can get involved. 

Teacher Topics

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan calls on Americans to take Teacher Appreciation Week to the next level. Opinion: More Substantive and Lasting Than a Bagel Breakfast, Dept. of Education, 5/7/13

Analysis: How Blended Learning Can Improve the Teaching Profession, DLN Smart Series, 5/13

Are you interested in celebrating your colleagues? Ways to Thank Teachers, Foundation for Excellence in Education, 5/6/13 

Charter Schools, Choice & Reform Advocacy

Op-ed: Celebrating Charter School Successes: This Week and Every Week, The Hill, 5/7/13

Interested in learning more about public charter schools? The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools recently released a summary of the latest research on this growing movement: Public Charter School Success, NAPCS, 4/13

Click here to read President Obama's official proclamation of National Charter Schools Week.  

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