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Reform Matters: February 14, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | February 14, 2013, 05:49 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.

State of the Union Address Emphasizes Pre-Kindergarten Education
Pro-Teacher Legislation in Kansas Gains Steam
Idaho Charters Push for Funding
GRAMMY's Music Educator Award
AAE Releases 2013 Member Survey
Education Advocates Unite in Support of National School Choice Week

AAE Members Sound Off: 2013 Membership Survey

Last week, AAE released its 2013 Membership Survey. The survey was conducted this fall, polling AAE members from all 50 states on issues relating to education and labor reform.

Survey results show progressive stances toward education and labor reform, particularly with regard to raising expectations, accountability, school choice, technology, Common Core State Standards, and school budgets and pensions. While educators have approached these new ideas with caution, overall, AAE members are growing in their support of common sense reform, flexibility, and options.

As a member-driven organization, AAE brings an authentic teacher voice to the education reform dialogue, rendering valuable input into creating a world class education system from well-informed teachers nationwide. The opinions expressed in this survey are those of real teachers, not bureaucrats or union leaders with partisan political agendas.

In the News: Do the pro-reform opinions of AAE teachers represent a shift in attitudes across the profession?, EAG News, 2/11/13

Education Technology & Blended Learning

Technology is opening doors for education in rural communities. Rural Indiana School Leader Helps Wire a CommunityEducation Week, 2/4/13

Practical Uses for Ed-Tech: Tips for Using Pinterest in the ClassroomeSchool News, 2/12/13

Utilizing Social Media: Missouri Educator Pushes Power of Social MediaEducation Week, 2/4/13

Video: Blended Learning in Plain EnglishLearninghood, 2012

Teacher Quality, Leadership & Alternative Certification

Staffing issues can plague all environments. Study: Charters Struggle With Staffing Like Traditional SchoolsTeaching Now, 2/11/13

Are new teacher evaluation measures making a difference? Teachers' Ratings Still High Despite New MeasuresEducation Week, 2/5/13

Opinion: Reclaiming the 'Art and Science' of TeachingThe Huffington Post, 2/11/13


Charter Schools, Choice & Reform Advocacy

Pro-Teacher legislation in Kansas will ultimately empower teachers to make financial decisions that best fit their budget and beliefs. State Case Study: Bill Seeks Equal AccessThe Associated Press, 2/12/13 

Charter School Proving Successful: The Demographic Power Behind Effective Charter SchoolsNational Journal, 2/7/13

Stranger than Fiction: AFT Donated $6 Million to Advocacy GroupsEducation Intelligence Agency Blog, 2/11/3

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