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Reform Matters: January 16, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | January 16, 2013, 10:34 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.

School Choice and Quality Education
NEA Gives More Than $15 Million to Advocacy Groups and Partisan Politics
Longer School Year: Helpful or Harmful?
Upcoming January Professional Resources
Common Core: What's Next for School Systems?
Five Facts about ELA Common Core Standards

AAE Sounds Off: Count us in for National School Choice Week!

AAE is thrilled to once again join with other like-minded education organizations and schools in participating in National School Choice Week this January 27- February 2!

At AAE, we recognize that school choice is a vital component of the education reform movement. We know that students learn differently, so a one-size-fits-all learning environment does little to meet the needs of all stakeholders. To foster authentic learning, parents and students must have choices. As educators, we must also recognize school choice as a valuable tool for all parties.

AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner has called the movement invaluable to the teaching profession. "Our primary goal as an organization is to empower, protect, and represent all professional educators," he stated. "Once limited to rigid traditional school-terms and schedules, teachers are employed in traditional public schools, charters, private schools, religious schools, and online schools just to name a few. Educators will, in turn, have choices themselves when deciding when, where, and how to teach kids."

As a professional association of educators, AAE recognizes that we are uniquely positioned to join the conversation and make sure AAE member voices are heard when it comes to school choice. By joining this network of organizations, we can directly affect policy that will have a profound impact on improving and modernizing education.

Visit the AAE website for updates on upcoming events.

Get Involved with National School Choice Week!

What are your plans? if you are interested in hosting an event, check out some great ideas:

• Organize a "brown bag lunch" roundtable at your workplace to discuss school choice.
• Host a school choice potluck dinner, pizza party, a coffee house meetup, or happy hour and invite your friends and family.
• Screen an education related movie like AAE's Teacher's Choice.
• Host a special meeting, or a conference call with school choice supporters in your area
Click here to host your own event. If you have any ideas or need help organizing, email us!

After you post your event, consider branding your event with National School Choice Week's signature materials (including scarves, rally signs, balloons, and posters). Click here to order.

AAE looks forward to celebrating this important week with you! Check out the National School Choice Week website for information about their Whistle Stop Train Tour and events across the country.

Education Technology & Blended Learning

Educators are catching on to social media websites like never before. It's critical to understand your school's own policies and protect your career with liability insurance. Teachers Gravitate to Social Networks Tailored for Educators, Education Week, 1/9/13

Study: Nearly Half of US Kids Read E-Books, and The Other Half Wants To, NBC News, 1/15/13

News You Can Use: 12 Top eLearning Tools for 2012 and Beyond, Getting Smart, 1/15/13

Teacher Quality, Leadership & Alternative Certification

Once reform measures are passed, educators must now deal with the headaches of implementation. State News: Evaluations Bring Stress to Teachers, Principals, Associated Press, 1/2/13

Analyst: Teachers Aren't Getting Enough Training in Data Use, Education Week, 1/11/13

More states are catching on to the value of alternative paths to the classroom. State News: Teach for Virginia, The Free Lance-Star, 1/16/13

Resources for Teachers: Celebrate Religious Freedom Day!


Charter Schools, Choice & Reform Advocacy

Public Charter Schools Reach New Milestone: Record 6,000 Schools Are Serving 2.3 Million Students, PR Newswire, 1/16/13

Report: California Charter Schools Grow At Fastest U.S. Rate, Huffington Post, 1/15/13

Shock and Awe: NEA Gave $15 Million to Advocacy Groups, Education Intelligence Agency, 1/14/13

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