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Reform Matters: May 16, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | May 16, 2013, 04:19 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.

States Pressing "Pause" on Common Core
Stranger Than Fiction: Michigan School District Could Close Over Finances
Top 5 Ways to Teach Collaboration
Report: Public Charter Schools Receiving Foundation Dollars
President Obama Recognizes National Charter School Week 

Issue Spotlight: Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been the source of headlines lately as several states have decided to "press pause" on implementation.

As part of our member-driven philosophy, we have polled members on the merits of CCSS. Overall, while the jury is still out on the implementation process and its effect on the flexibility of curriculum, AAE members appear to be moving in the direction of support for consistent standards. Click here for full survey data and our findings on CCSS.

Ninety percent of our member educators are in the process of implementing CCSS. AAE seeks to give members the opportunity to voice their views on the subject and participate in a process that will work to establish best practices for these standards. While AAE does not endorse CCSS as an organization, we support teachers and are interested in providing educators with a seat at the table.

The latest on the issue: Common Core Supporters Firing Back, Education Week, 5/14/13

What do you think about CCSS? Would you like to write an article for Education Matters or voice your opinion on our blog? Email us today!

Education Technology & Blended Learning

Teachers can benefit from blended learning, too. Infographic: Blended Learning & The Teaching Profession, GettingSmart, 4/19/13

Upcoming Webinar: Parental Views of Mobile Devices for Student Learning, Education Week, 5/16/13 @2pm ET

Opinion: Five Ways Teachers Can Use Technology to Help Students, The Huffington Post, 5/7/13  

Teacher Topics    

"Teachers aren't in it for the money" is a common phrase. They're also not in it for their health. Opinion: They're Teachers, Not Missionaries, TNTP Blog, 5/14/13

Advocates are busy promoting policies that attract our nation's best and brightest students to the profession. What are the consequences? Diversity at Issue as States Weigh Teacher Entry, Education Week, 5/8/13

Incentives: State Offering Teacher Bonuses to Recruit Talent, The Associated Press, 5/9/13

Opinion: Honoring Teachers, Deseret News, 5/9/13

Charter Schools, Choice & Reform Advocacy

Interested in learning more about public charter schools and their progress? Report: Hopes, Fears, & Realities, A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2012, Center on Reinventing Public Education, 5/13

Trends: 50,000 Families Are On Waiting Lists for New York City Charter Schools, New York Daily News, 5/14/13

Parent Perspective: What Do Mothers Say About K-12 Education?, The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, 5/8/13

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