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Reform Matters: November 4, 2014
posted by: Alix | November 04, 2014, 03:52 PM   
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Volume 3, Issue 6: November 4, 2014 




Welcome to the Association of American Educators' online 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.  


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. Stay engaged in this school year!   

Note: 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.

Year-Round Schooling: A Great Idea? Or a Horrible One?
Tips to Enhance Professionalism

AAE Blog Roll:
Don't forget to bookmark the AAE blog and the AAE Charters blog for original posts on trends in education reform and professional development. 
AAE in the News: Teachers Squeezed for $27 Million in Union Political Spending

Let your colleagues know the facts. Union membership includes major political spending. "Teachers believe that they are spending money on professional development and liability insurance; they don't realize that a lot of this money is going to staff overhead and partisan politics," AAE's Alix Freeze told Watchdog.
Click here to read the full article. 

Education Technology & Blended Learning 

Digital Learning Games Used by Majority of Teachers, Survey Finds, Education Week, 10/21/14

Today's Biggest Ed-Tech Conversations, eSchool News, 10/30/13

It's Time to Rethink Our Use of Technology in Schools, Forbes, 10/22/14

Teacher Topics

Opinion: Want To Fast Track Education Reform? Try Giving Teachers the Time, Huffington Post, 11/3/14

Is closing the achievement gap all about words and vocabulary? Poor Kids and the 'Word Gap', The Atlantic, 10/16/14

Does Class Size Matter? Research Reveals Surprises, The Seattle Times, 10/28/14

TNTP is accepting applications for their annual Fishman Prize which awards $25,000 to teachers in high-poverty schools. This is an opportunity for teachers to receive recognition for the incredible work they are doing. Consider applying! We'd love to see an AAE member take the top prize! 

Charter Schools, Choice, & Reform Advocacy 

Embrace your civic duty and vote! Education and the 2014 Election: A Guide to Key Races, Education Week, 10/29/14

The movement is growing! Number of U.S. Charter Schools up 7 Percent, Report Shows, US News and World Report, 11/4/14

The 3 Most Common Practices in School Turnaround Efforts, The Journal, 10/30/14 
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