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Reform Matters: April 23rd, 2015
posted by: Alana | April 23, 2015, 11:21 PM   
In Focus:  The Cage-Busting Teacher

The Cage-Busting Teacher Book Cover Many teachers feel powerless to enact change, but most resources and helpful guides have been directed at principals, district leaders, and school superintendents - until now. In his new book, "The Cage-Busting Teacher," Frederick M. Hess, director of education policies studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), explains how teachers can break out of the "cage" of routines, rules, and habits that exhaust and discourage even the most passionate teachers.

AAE members and staff were selected to be interviewed for this go-to resource on teacher leadership. In discussing options for teachers, Hess highlights that "cage-busters may choose to seek another way" with AAE.

Click here to learn more.
Click here to watch the book launch panel discussion.

AAE Sounds Off: Every Child Achieves Act

The passage of the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) by the Senate HELP Committee is making big waves among stakeholders eager to see improvements to a policy that for years has left many educators in a teaching gridlock.


To help navigate the torrential downpour of articles coming at teachers at every turn, we've done the hard work for you by summarizing the key takeaway points. Click here to read more about ECAA and its potential impact on educators.


Here at AAE, we have a chance to let legislators know what real classroom teachers think about the new #ESEA reauthorization effort. We encourage you to let your Senator(s) know your thoughts about ECAA. Email them here. We also encourage AAE members to contact us. We're proud to represent your views!

Commentary: What's next on ESEA?, Flypaper, 4/16/15
What's next for the No Child Left Behind Rewrite?, Washington Examiner,  4/22/15

Education Technology & Blended Learning

Teach Students to Learn by Doing with Google School Coding Clubs, eSchool News, 4/23/15

State Case Study: Blended Learning Coming to Bethlehem School District Classes, Express Times, 4/21/15

IPads, E-Readers, and Early Literacy: Emerging Research from AERA, Education Week, 4/20/15

Teacher Topics

What does it take to get great teachers in front of high-need students? New York City's Top-Rated Teachers Less Likely to Serve Black and Hispanic Students, Chalkbeat NY, 4/17/15

Changing demographics may reshape the teaching profession. Teacher Layoffs Are Coming, and It's the Great Recession's Fault, Flypaper, 4/16/15

Opinion: This Teacher Says Opting Out Is the Wrong Answer, Education Post, 4/13/15
Great Teaching Is the Real Test, Huffington Post, 4/22/15

Charter Schools, Choice, & Reform Advocacy

Success Breeds Funding Disparity for Wisconsin's Charter Schools, Watchdog, 4/17/15

Pioneer Institute Highlights Massachusetts Charter School Success, Education News, 4/17/15

Teacher Freedom Case Study: Rauner Eyes End of 'Fair Share' Dues for Teachers Unions, State Journal Register, 4/22/15
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