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What Makes a Great Science Teacher?
posted by: Alana | November 02, 2016, 03:46 pm


After recently winning the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, I was asked what makes a great science teacher. Wow, what a question! Not sure I can sum it all up in one article because there is so much that goes into being a great teacher.


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My Day: Virtual School Teacher Amy Rosno
posted by: Alana | October 07, 2016, 11:06 am

After teaching in a traditional brick and mortar 6:00 a.m. The commute school for ten years, I was offered the opportunity to teach for a virtual high school my school district was starting. I was thrilled at the opportunity as I always had a love for technology. Twelve years after accepting the position, I am still a virtual teacher and would struggle to go back to a traditional classroom.


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Member Perspective: Bigger & Better
posted by: Alana | October 05, 2016, 04:43 pm
As I gear up to start a new job and a new school year, my mom came to help me. Mid-August is not only my busiest time of year, but also my husband’s. I am so thankful that my mom is often able to come and help out. As I was discussing my new job with my mom last week, I explained how I’ve finally accepted my calling.   Continue Reading...
AAE’s Legal Corner: Bullying in the Workplace
posted by: Alana | October 03, 2016, 12:26 pm
Your coworker is snide and rude. He or she keeps undermining you in meetings, sending nasty emails, and is generally condescending. You could swear in the hallway yesterday the coworker deliberately bumped into you (but was quick to apologize).Is it bullying? Work is miserable and you want to quit. What are your other options?   Continue Reading...
The How of Character Education
posted by: Alana | September 02, 2016, 03:34 pm


The formation of good character has been an essential part of schooling in America since Colonial times. Our Founding Fathers were great proponents of education because they knew that if their “experiment with democracy” were to survive, this new country needed a virtuous citizenry. The new nation needed schools, not just for literacy and numeracy, but to acquire the moral virtues necessary for a democratic citizenry: among them self-control, consideration of others, perseverance, and a sense of right and wrong.


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I was raised hearing the phrase, “Those that can, do. Those that can’t, teach. Those that can’t teach, teach teachers.” Although this is a damning statement that greatly offends me as a classroom teacher of 29 years, I have wondered if there is any truth to it - at least the last part of that phrase.


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On a cold snowy evening in a large urban district, after experiencing the most frustrating and disappointing day of their work as consultants, Donna Nicholson and Karen Harvey looked at each other and said, “Education is truly broken.” And then they asked themselves, “Is it irrevocably broken?” The perspective that prompted this conversation came from almost 100 years of combined experience in schools across the country and observing the same issues over and over. As their conversation continued, they wondered aloud, “Could public schools be fixed and, if so, what ten things would have to be addressed immediately to fix them?” At that moment their book Sacred Elephants: The Catastrophic Crisis in Education was born.


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School Choice Is Good for Teachers, Too
posted by: Alana | January 07, 2016, 10:56 am

By Doug Tuthill


“As choice expands, teachers will see more opportunities to create and/or work in educational models that hew to their vision and values, maximize their expertise, and result in better outcomes for students.” With her recent passing, Marva Collins is being remem¬bered for her glorious educational crusade to turn around the lives of low-income black children in Chicago. It’s also worth remembering how she chose to do this. She cashed in her teacher pension savings in the 1970s to start her own private school. With it, she combined a no-excuses attitude with high standards, strict discipline, and love—and got amazing results with limited resources.


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NCLB Overhaul One Step Away from Official
posted by: Alana | December 09, 2015, 04:36 pm


After passing in the U.S. House on December 2nd by a vote of 359-64, the U.S. Senate today officially passed the buck on the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177) to President Obama’s desk by a vote of 85-12, where it awaits final approval.


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By David Fassler


I recently moved to another state and learned firsthand the frustrations of being a fully qualified teacher in one state but not having your credentials recognized in another.


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Reform Matters: February 25th, 2015
posted by: Alix | February 25, 2015, 05:45 pm


Greetings,The Association of American Educators (AAE), recently released its annual member survey about the nation's most talked-about education and labor policies. Survey results show progressive stances toward education reforms, particularly with regard to school choice, technology, teacher preparation, leadership, and collective bargaining.Following the release of the survey, AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner penned an opinion editorial about the changing teacher sentiments and the disconnect between teacher unions and the growing non-union teacher movement. We hope that you take a moment to examine the results of our policy survey and share the findings with your stakeholders.

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Do More With Writing!
posted by: Melissa | October 10, 2012, 10:57 am
Let’s face it, writing is important.  It is a skill that is necessary in nearly every field, yet our students often feel that writing is something that they don’t need to know how to do.  They don’t see how their language arts classes will correlate to their careers in medicine, technology, or business.  While we as teachers understand the importance of this skill, this lack of buy-in on the part of students’ shows that we’re not doing all we can to communicate this to them.   Continue Reading...
March 2010 Education Matters: Head Start Lags Behind
posted by: Colin | March 22, 2010, 01:30 pm

The March 2010 issue of Education Matters (now available for non-members to read and download) includes an article about a recent study of the federal Head Start program, "Head Start Lags Behind." The study reveals "few sustained benefits" for the students, despite the program costing $7 billion per year. In fact, the results are even less promising when, as the article's author, Lindsey Burke notes, it becomes clear the Department of Health and Human Services study used less rigorous standards when measuring data.  Continue Reading...

December 2009 Education Matters: Declaring Independence
posted by: Colin | January 04, 2010, 09:24 am

The December 2009 edition of Education Matters (now available for non-members to read and download) includes an article highlighting how a local teachers union in Washington state disaffiliated from the state and national teachers unions. In "Declaring Independence," read about how the local teachers freed themselves from the WEA and the NEA—and saved money.   Continue Reading...