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Reform Matters: June 3rd, 2015
posted by: Alix | June 04, 2015, 09:11 PM   
AAE Logo A Publication of the Association of American Educators
Volume 3, Issue 19: June 3, 2015

Spotlight: AAE Public Charter School Teachers Speak Out

Ms. Becky Baird: "One of the best things about teaching in a charter school is having the freedom to be a master teacher through innovation, high expectations and a level of autonomy teachers in conventional education only dream about. Charter schools allow teachers the freedom to teach using their ingenuity, creativity and energy to focus on content rather than preparing for standardized tests. It's why people go into education in the first place - to teach, teach, teach!" Click here to read more.

Ms. Christina Aus: "Educators as well as the general public often have misconceptions about charter schools. 'I think that all educators face a myriad of misconceptions whether they are in a district or a charter school,' Aus notes. One misconception regards financing. 'Charter schools currently do not receive allocated funding from local bonds and levies. We rely on additional fundraisers, donations, and other financial means to meet our goals and objectives.'" Click here to read more.

Conference Spotlight: AAE Member Advocacy Leader Ms. Rhonda Lochiatto spoke on an American Federation for Children (AFC) conference panel about school leadership. As a charter school teacher in Florida, Rhonda spoke about the importance of empowering teachers as leaders. "We need to stop perpetuating the myth that teachers are not in support of education reform," said Rhonda. "As a charter school teacher, I'm directly benefiting from school choice in action and I'm grateful."Click here to read more about the AFC conference.

Education Technology & Blended Learning

Orange Schools Start Monitoring Students' Social Media, Orlando Sentinel, 5/28/15

Blended Tech: Blue-Collar Town Leads Rhode Island's Tech-Assisted Learning Revolution, The Hechinger Report, 6/1/15

Teacher Topics

Video: 2015 National Teacher of the Year Talks Policy, Practice, American Institute for Research, 5/6/15

Opinion: Of Course There's Poverty, But Everything We Do In School Matters Too, Education Post, 5/27/15

BookMentors is a non-profit whose website connects teachers and librarians seeking books for their students with individuals who would like to donate those books. It's All About the Books, About the Books, About the Books, Huffington Post, 6/1/15

Charter Schools, Choice, & Reform Advocacy

Nevada changes the school choice game. Everything You Need to Know About Nevada's Universal ESA Bill, Friedman Foundation, 5/29/15

Independent charter schools coming to Wisconsin? Charter School Advocates Post Big Wins in Wisconsin Legislature, Watchdog, 6/2/15

Why Are So Many States Replacing Common Core with Carbon Copies?, The Hechinger Report, 5/28/15

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written by Karen Innis, Fairfield, Iowa, June 11, 2015

The district I work for is having professional development on MindUP in the fall. I am wondering what experience others have had with this.

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