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AAE member Dr. Angie Dorman is an esteemed historian, author, and national awarding-winning educator from the small rural town of Warden, Washington, who brings extraordinary experience to the classroom.

 

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When 9,000 National Education Association members from across the country gathered in Denver for their annual conference last week, they made it easy to understand why union membership is in sharp decline.   Continue Reading...
Esteemed Teacher Celebrates 100th Birthday
posted by: Ruthie | January 15, 2014, 12:57 pm

New Jersey’s Agnes Zhelesnik will leave a last impression on her students. Having just celebrated her 100th birthday, Ms. Zhelesnik, or “Granny” as her students call her is the oldest working teacher in America.

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Since the advent of teacher freedom of choice in Michigan, the Michigan Education Association (MEA) has stopped at nothing to keep members in the fold. According to new reports by teachers and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, one local union is publishing the names of former members in their newsletters.   Continue Reading...
It's out with the chicken nuggets, fries, and burgers, and in with the tofu, black beans, and veggies for Public School 244, in Flushing, New York. Opened in 2008, this school was founded on linking academics to a healthy lifestyle. It is now making headlines for going completely vegetarian.   Continue Reading...
Stranger than Fiction: Teacher Retires At 94
posted by: Ruthie | March 05, 2013, 01:50 pm
Ms. Rose Gilbert, a 94-year-old Los Angeles resident, just recently retired from teaching after 63 years of service. While she has not been officially named the country's oldest teacher, she certainly ranks among the most senior.   Continue Reading...
Good teachers know how to keep students' attention, maintain their enthusiasm, and have them leave the class feeling energized. Sara Wright, a 5th grade teacher in Indiana found a way to accomplish these objectives, and it doesn't involve keeping students in their seats.   Continue Reading...
Florida’s Student Achievement Goals Met with Controversy
posted by: Ruthie | October 22, 2012, 05:56 pm
Florida's controversial, new race-based student achievement goals continue to spark debate across the nation. The heated debate raises the question – how should student achievement goals be broken down?   Continue Reading...
Stranger Than Fiction: “Boredom” or Stress?
posted by: Ruthie | October 11, 2012, 04:15 pm
Complaints from students of "boredom" are not new to teachers. However, according to Education Week's article, "Studies Link Students' Boredom to Stress," recent research proves "boredom" is actually a form of stress.   Continue Reading...
Stranger than Fiction: Hugs Banned in Schools
posted by: Alix | October 08, 2012, 01:52 pm
For years students used the popular health class slogan, "Hugs not drugs" with their friends and peers. However, recent bans on friendly hugs in New Jersey and North Carolina public schools are challenging this old adage and raising questions over appropriate displays of affection in schools.   Continue Reading...
Keeping students in school has been a problem in school districts nationwide. In urban areas, studies have shown that just 50% of students graduate with a high school diploma. Across the country, efforts to curb school absenteeism and truancy vary from extravagant to practical, with a plethora of measures in between.   Continue Reading...
Large urban school districts often struggle with low student performance and dismal graduation rates. Washington, D.C. public schools are no exception and the District is often listed as one of the poorest performing school systems in the country. In an effort to combat these systemic issues, school leaders have instituted a controversial new program that pays students to attend summer classes in order to get a jump start on the school year.   Continue Reading...
In a difficult financial climate where states and school districts are struggling to buy supplies and fund educational programs, it might come as a shock to hard-working teachers to find out that union leaders are raking in astronomical salaries on par with that of the average corporate CEO. According to several reports, NEA and AFT leaders–both nationally and statewide–are pulling in nearly half a million dollars apiece each year.   Continue Reading...
When you think of the name Kenneth Cole, most American women think of great handbags and accessories. However, in a world where politics and fashion often intersect, Mr. Cole's billboard on Manhattan's West Side Highway is grabbing headlines for its dig at New York's teacher unions. The enormous Kenneth Cole advertisement reads "Shouldn't Everyone Be Well Red?" and in smaller lettering, the billboard states, "Teachers' Rights vs. Students' Rights." The billboard has caused quite the stir, and is just the latest commentary in putting students first in New York's education reform debate.   Continue Reading...
Last month, as the multi-state Mega Millions lottery climbed to a record $656 million, Americans everywhere were fantasizing about the possibilities of winning the enormous jackpot. According to polls, the majority of people would most likely quit their jobs and lead a life of luxury. This wasn't the case for three public school workers from Maryland, who last week claimed their winnings with a vow to stay in the classroom for the sake of their students.   Continue Reading...
Stranger than Fiction: Cash for Grades
posted by: Alix | November 18, 2011, 09:16 am
In a story traditionally reserved for high school urban legends, Florida math teacher Jeff Spires was suspended over allegations that the veteran educator was actually allowing students to pay for their grades on quizzes and tests.   Continue Reading...
Stranger than Fiction: Middle School Gun Classes
posted by: Alix | October 31, 2011, 11:13 am
There are few topics more polarizing than gun control and the proper usage of hand guns, especially when children are involved. According to the National Safety Council, nearly nine children are killed daily due to firearms. While the statistics vary from year to year, the debate over gun safety and appropriate use of firearms for children, if any, rages on. Despite the heated dialogue, for students at Floyd Dryden Middle School in Juneau, Alaska, gun safety, handling and target practice is just part of the everyday curriculum during Alaska's Department of Fish & Game Hunter Education and Firearm Safety Course.   Continue Reading...
At a time when well-meaning teachers are working harder than ever, often dipping into their own pockets for school supplies, one would think that a $2.54 million grant for teacher bonuses would be more than welcome. Unfortunately, for the teachers in the 393-educator Oregon City School District, local union interests are saying, "Thanks, but no thanks" to a generous grant in partnership with the Oregon-based education reform charity, the Chalkboard Project, designed to reward teachers through a performance pay initiative.   Continue Reading...
Stranger than Fiction: NEA Partners with WWE
posted by: Alix | June 24, 2011, 08:44 am
While non-education related and politically and or financially motivated partnerships are the norm with the National Education Association, last week's bizarre initiative was turning heads in the blogosphere. The NEA's Health Information Network (HIN) and the Create Coalition announced a partnership with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in the newly dubbed "Be a Star," social justice and anti-bulling campaign.   Continue Reading...
In light of the new focus on childhood obesity led by First Lady Michelle Obama and her "Let's Move" campaign, a new technology out of Texas that is designed to monitor a child's calorie intake while sitting in the lunch room has sparked a national debate.   Continue Reading...
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