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An AAE grant advances the classroom
posted by: Tamia | July 21, 2020, 03:40 pm   

Today's guest blog was written by Ms. Samantha Vargas, an English language teacher from New Jersey.


My students needed more access to culturally representative books. I teach at a charter school in Jersey City, New Jersey that has a large percentage of students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. Therefore, it is my goal to cultivate the reading community I’m building. However, I cannot do this without a current classroom library that caters to the different ability levels and interests in my classes. I have been purchasing books for my kids, but it is not enough for all of my students and the process is slow, often one book at a time. 

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Teaching in the Time of COVID
posted by: Tamia | July 02, 2020, 02:12 pm   

This week's guest blog is by AAEF Advocacy Fellow and Educator Joli Sotallaro.


Summer break is here, and for the first time in my teaching career, I am left to wrap up the school year without the typical traditions of field days, yearbook signings, and games. All the events that provide closure and celebrate a year of learning and growth have been shifted to digital platforms and have left me and many teachers with a feeling of unease and a sense that this year could not possibly be over. In the process of cleaning and closing down my classroom, reflection on what has undoubtedly been one of the most difficult years brings to the front of my mind several thoughts.


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Five Videos on Flipped Mastery Learning
posted by: Melissa | June 11, 2020, 08:05 am   

There’s a lot that we don’t know about what school will look like next year, but there is one thing we almost certainly do know: many schools will once again close due to Coronavirus. 

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How Can I Help Dismantle Systemic Racism as an Educator?
posted by: Tamia | June 08, 2020, 07:55 am   

Systemic racism has been a hot topic following the unnecessary and tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. There have been a number of protests across the country calling for the dismantling of systemic racism and for police reform, including the defunding of police. Many students may not understand the full capacity or severity of everything that is happening, and it's important that you know how you can help as an educator.

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A Georgia charter school gives life to Red Ribbon Week!
posted by: Tamia | May 13, 2020, 12:03 pm   

This week's guest blog is written by AAEF Fellow Jason B. Allen.

In Georgia, there is a Black male counselor making social change with his school and community by focusing in on the importance of Red Ribbon Week.

This post is celebrating a fellow Black male educator, Ken Kemp who is a Black male counselor at RISE Prep in East Point, Georgia. Ken shares a recent win for the school and how this has propelled his scholars into our local communities to make a global impact.

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