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Reform Matters: November 29, 2012
posted by: Ruthie | November 29, 2012, 07:09 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.

U.S. Department of Education Releases New Report on National Graduation Rates
Charters in Washington, D.C. Schools Face Pressure from Unions
The Writing Curriculum is Changing
Schools Work to Close Gap in Computer Accessibility
Charter Schools Experience Growth Nationwide

AAE Sounds Off:

Congratulations to the fall 2012 AAE Foundation National Scholarship and Grant recipients! We've had a record amount of applications this cycle. We couldn't be more proud of the innovative projects that teachers are pursing with this funding. Don't forget to apply in the spring! The deadline is March 31, 2013. Click here for more information and a list of award winners.

Also, AAE is growing by leaps and bounds in Wisconsin. Don't miss our latest video about the exploding non-union movement in the state. Please watch, comment, and share with your colleagues and networks.

Thank you to our dedicated Wisconsin members who participated in the making of the video!

Opportunity for Educators: The Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice

Great teaching inspires us. The Fishman Prize honors amazing teachers with $25,000 and the chance to share their knowledge with educators nationwide. Apply for the 2013 Prize today!

Launched in 2012, the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice is an annual award for exceptionally effective teachers working in high-poverty public schools.

In addition to receiving $25,000 each, Fishman Prize winners participate in an intensive summer residency during which they reflect critically on their classroom practice, explore the larger issues that shape their profession, and write a short paper on the elements of effective teaching. The residency enables the winners to share their expertise with educators across the country without taking time away from the classrooms where they do their best work.

The application period for the 2013 Fishman Prize opens November 6, 2012. Early application deadline is December 3, 2012. Apply for the Fishman Prize or nominate a friend today.

Education Technology & Blended Learning

In the States: Rural District Nurtures Dual-Enrollment Effort, Education Week, 11/6/12

Commentary: Can Digital Learning Transform Education?, EducationNext, 11/12

Finding high-quality resources and ensuring network capacity are key to the implementation of blended learning. Important Considerations for Blended Learning, eSchool News, 11/28/12

Leading the Way: Flexibility, Support Build Student Independence, Education Week, 11/15/12

Teacher Quality, Leadership & Alternative Certification

How would education benefit from teacher-led schools? Blog: Teachers Should Have the Option of Working in Teacher-Led Schools, Vander Ark on Innovation, 11/28/12

Study: A Close-Up View of Competency Education, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, November 2012

Taking Control: Classroom Management, More Than a Bag of Tricks, First Person, 11/28/12


Charter Schools, Choice & Reform Advocacy

New Initiative: Charter School Proponents To Announce Major Focus On Shutting Down Failing Schools, Huffington Post, 11/28/12

From the States: Study: NJ charters outperform traditional schools, Associated Press, 11/27/12

Charter Report: Moving Up: Fordham's 2011-12 Sponsorship Accountability Report, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 11/15/12

Urban Environments: The Impact of Charter Schools, Urban Milwaukee, 11/27/12

Video Coverage: Foundation for Excellence in Education, National Summit on Education Reform

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