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Reform Matters: January 3, 2013
posted by: Alix | January 03, 2013, 09:52 PM   

Happy New Year! 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.

AAE is in for National School Choice Week 2013!
Best Teacher Resources of 2012
Using iPads Effectively
Twitter in the Classroom
School-Wide Professional Learning Communities
Coping with Tragedy: Resources for Teachers & Students
Study: Indiana Charter Schools Show Highest National Gains

AAE in the News: Right-To-Work: Does It Improve Teacher Quality?

"Many of the alleged benefits of joining, say, a teachers union - liability insurance, for instance - can be procured from non-union professional associations (such as the Association of American Educators) at far less than the cost of union dues." Click here to read the full article on

NEW AAE Video: AAE is growing by leaps and bounds in Wisconsin. Don't forget to watch, share, and comment on our latest video about the exploding non-union movement in the state.

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

Are you implementing Common Core State Standards? New guidelines have recently been released for testing: Consortium Releases Technology Guidelines for Common-Core Tests, Digital Directions, 12/21/12

State Technology Strides: Teaching with technology at WA School for Blind, Associated Press, 12/31/12

New Resource: U.S. Department of State unveils new online game and website to teach English. Click here to visit "Trace Effects."

Webinar for Educators: The Power of Digital Learning and How To Celebrate Digital Learning Day, Alliance for Excellent Education, 1/8/13

Teacher Quality, Leadership & Alternative Certification

Report: No One Benefits: Why Teacher Pension Systems are Failing both Teachers and Taxpayers, NCTQ, December 2012

Alternative Certification Commentary: The Focus Should be on Quality Teaching, Explorer News, 1/2/13

How much does teacher quality affect students? Parent Perspective: A Lesson in Teacher Quality From My Twin Girls, New York Daily News, 12/13/12


Charter Schools, Choice & Reform Advocacy

New Tool: The Education Choice and Competition Index, Brookings, December 2012

The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut is sparking debate over guns in schools. Experts: Trained Police Needed for School Security, Associated Press, 12/31/12

Commentary: Education Should be Customized to Meet Students' Needs, The Washington Times, 1/1/13

Save the Date: National School Choice Week is January 27- February 2, 2013! Click here to visit their website.

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