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Reform Matters: August 15, 2012
posted by: Alix | August 15, 2012, 05:00 AM   

Welcome to the Association of American Educators' online biweekly publication, Reform Matters. This new education reform-focused publication will feature 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 a colleague, 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. 

Public Opinion Poll: Americans Want to See Cuts to Education Budgets
New Report: The State of Teacher Retention in Urban Schools
Race to the Top Competition Slated to Expand to School Districts
Public Charter Schools Receiving Less Funding Than Their Traditional Counterparts
Longer School Days: The Key to Charter School Success?

Education Reform Organization Spotlight: National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ)

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) advocates for reforms in a broad range of teacher policies at the federal, state and local levels in order to increase the number of effective teachers. In particular, NCTQ recognizes the absence of much of the evidence necessary to make a compelling case for change and seek to fill that void with a research agenda that has direct and practical implications for policy.


NCTQ is committed to lending transparency and increasing public awareness about the four sets of institutions that have the greatest impact on teacher quality: states, teacher preparation programs, school districts and teachers unions.


NCTQ's Board of Directors and Advisory Board are composed of Democrats, Republicans and Independents, all of whom believe that the teaching profession is way overdue for significant reform in how we recruit, prepare, retain and compensate teachers.


Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council on Teacher Quality was founded in 2000 to provide an alternative national voice to existing teacher organizations and to build the case for a comprehensive reform agenda that would challenge the current structure and regulation of the profession.


AAE recently signed on in support of NCTQ's College of Education Reform project and welcomed NCTQ Vice President Sandi Jacobs to our Williamsburg, Virginia leadership conference to speak about teacher quality policy trends. She shared her thoughts about what teachers need to know about reform:

Q: What do you think teachers need to know about the education reform movement?

A: Because teachers are so important to student achievement, teacher quality has become a primary focus of education reform.  Teachers need to know that efforts to improve teacher quality are not meant to suggest a belief that most teachers are doing a poor job. On the contrary, ensuring that all of our teacher policies support and promote effective teaching-including how educators are trained, evaluated and compensated-honors the incredible value of the profession.

Education Technology & Blended Learning

School is in session for Louisiana virtual schools. Read about their innovative program: Students log on to virtual school, Associated Press, 8/14/12

Analysis: Can Technology Replace Teachers?, Education Week, 8/7/12

Trends: Blended learning: innovating the teaching process, Flypaper, 8/8/12

Teacher Quality, School Budgets & Alternative Certification

NJ Governor Chris Christie "makes history" with new tenure reform bill. Hear what he has to say about the compromise. Interview: Christie Hails Tenure Bill as Victory, The Wall Street Journal, 8/8/12

Study: How Americans Would Slim Down Public Education, Thomas B. Fordham Institute 

13 States Adopt 3rd Grade Reading Policies, But Details Vary, Education Week, 8/13/12

Charter Schools, Choice & Reform Advocacy

Dr. Jay P. Greene discusses how technology impacts education reform. Have you been swayed by movies like The Cartel and Waiting for Superman? Opinion: The Way of the Future in Ed Reform Advocacy, 8/13/12


Interview: Steve Forbes on Education Reform, Choice Media, 8/8/12

Opinion: Let's Make Education Big Business, With Profit, Loss And High Pay For Top Performers, Forbes, 8/7/12

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