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As Common Core implementation hits full stride, educational publishers across the country are releasing textbooks and other materials that claim to be Common Core aligned.  School districts and teachers have begun adopting these materials in the belief that something that claims to be Common Core aligned actually is.  For teachers, who have limited planning time, pre-made materials that can be easily incorporated into lessons may seem like a godsend.

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Five Tips for Motivating Students to Attend College
posted by: Ruthie | March 03, 2014, 09:00 am

Whether it’s a lack of motivation, lack of knowledge about the process, or improper planning, many students need help when preparing for college.  The process is daunting and students are increasingly looking to their teachers.

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Each month, we select the top picks from our PD Calendar and share them with you.  This month we looked at the top picks for English language arts and social studies. For more opportunities in a wide variety of subjects, check out our professional development calendar.

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Education researchers has been busy the past few months with new studies that explore the effects of kindergarten, single-gender classes, and extended school time, along with the effects of teacher assistants, sports, bullying, and more.  We’ve outlined some of the most interesting research below:

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Innovative Classroom Furniture For a New Age
posted by: Melissa | January 22, 2014, 03:06 pm
Quick! I say classroom furniture and you think–desks and chairs. The traditional student desk has been the mainstay of classrooms for well over 100 years. Popularized by the factory model of education, this piece of furniture was ideal for keeping classes in nice, neat rows. Since school work at the time focused on individual achievement and not collaboration, the fact that an individual desk also gave each student their own workspace was ideal.   Continue Reading...
Resources for Close Reading
posted by: Melissa | January 10, 2014, 11:51 am

While the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts never mention close reading by name as a strategy to use, it is clear by reading the standards and the accompanying documents that this method remains one of the best at reaching the goals CCSS sets forth.  For this reason, states and organizations dedicated to the implementation of CCSS are trumpeting this strategy as “the one” to use in English-Language Arts.  Unfortunately, many teachers remain confused on how to implement close reading in their classroom.

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A Year in Review: Best AAE Blogs in 2013
posted by: Melissa | January 02, 2014, 01:49 pm
Some stories just get more traction than others.  Sometimes, we know what blogs will resonate with our teachers and often they just catch us by surprise.  We’ll do our best to focus on issues our teachers care about in the coming year! Take a look back at the top ten blogs from AAE in 2013.   Continue Reading...
Inspiration for the New Year: Picks from our PD Calendar
posted by: Melissa | December 18, 2013, 11:24 am

Our Professional Development Calendar is filled with the best opportunities to help you improve your practice. This month, we’re looking at opportunities that inspire.

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Using Podcasts in the Classroom
posted by: Melissa | December 11, 2013, 04:11 pm

I have to admit, I’m a spoken-word type of person. I like attending lectures and prefer an audio book to music. In fact, I haven’t bought any new music for my iPod for years, even though I’m constantly trolling for something new and interesting to listen to. This is why podcasts quickly took over my listening.

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The Best Blogs for Improving Your Practice
posted by: Melissa | December 04, 2013, 11:22 am

Teachers have been a part of the blogging scene since the very beginning.  Blogging has always been an easy way for professionals in an often isolating and misunderstood practice to share the thoughts, feelings, and challenges of their everyday life.  Today, teacher blogs have proliferated across the internet and have even become a subset of blogging in their own right.

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Teaching Math to Young Students: What the Research Says
posted by: Melissa | November 15, 2013, 01:17 pm

The What Works Clearinghouse has released a new report on the math practices that we, as educators, should use when instructing young children.  For those who do not know, The What Works Clearinghouse is a part of the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.  Its goal is to read through the mounds of educational research that are published each year and identify those practices that are research based. So when it prints a report that says this is what we know about teaching children math, teachers, administrators and other curriculum writers should sit up and pay attention.

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Top Veteran’s Day Resources
posted by: Ruthie | November 01, 2013, 01:26 pm

It’s hard to believe Halloween has come and gone and Veteran’s Day is just a week from Monday. As you get ready for this sacred, American holiday check out these resources below:

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Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Your Classroom
posted by: Ruthie | October 31, 2013, 09:15 am

Halloween is upon us! If you’re scrambling for creative ways to celebrate Halloween in your classroom, it’s not too late! Check out these simple, yet fun, activities to incorporate into your lessons this afternoon.

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Ten Tips for Becoming A Connected Educator
posted by: Ruthie | October 29, 2013, 11:57 am

As October and Connected Educator Month draw to a close, it’s never too late to get connected! Here are ten simple tips for "connecting,” derived from an Edutopia blog by Elana Leoni.

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iNACOL Conference Live Stream
posted by: Ruthie | October 28, 2013, 11:10 am


The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is hosting their annual Virtual Symposium this week  in Orlando, Florida. A widely attended event with online educators and AAE members, the conference kicked off this morning with an introductory address by INACOL President and CEO Susan Patrick and a panel, Driving an Innovative Policy Roadmap Towards the Transformation of Student Learning, with speakers from across the country.

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Donors Choose
posted by: Melissa | October 23, 2013, 12:35 pm
Each year, the Association of American Educators Foundation gives away thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants across the country as part of our mission to help teachers in their professional journey. In recent years, we've seen the demands for our grants grow. School districts across the country are cutting funds that teachers used to be able to rely on for additional projects.   Continue Reading...

A study was released yesterday that’s making big news: US adults score below other developed countries in math, literacy, and problem solving abilities.  Perhaps it’s because the technology we’ve been embracing is distracting us, or because we’re teaching study skills that don’t work, or maybe just because we don’t value our teachers as much.  Maybe if we start taking more field trips to art museums, we might see our skills rise.  All of these topics, and many more, have been addressed in research studies released in the past few months.  Read on to learn more about these studies:

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Are You a Connected Educator?
posted by: Ruthie | September 27, 2013, 11:04 am
Feelings of isolation have long been among the most common complaints of being a teacher. Recently it's become more and more clear that when educators collaborate, the art of teaching is raised and students reap the rewards.   Continue Reading...
September Resources: Youtube for the Classroom
posted by: Melissa | September 25, 2013, 12:50 pm


Whether you’re looking into flipping your classroom or you just want to spice up a lesson, short, content-rich video is the way to go.  If you’re looking for the perfect clip to get your students excited about your subject, check out this list of our favorite Youtube channels:   Continue Reading...
Americans have been taking a long hard look at debt for years. According to estimates, the average American owes roughly $15,000 in personal debt, and the United States as a whole is $11.3 trillion dollars in debt. American teenagers are the largest consumer group, with an annual income of just $91.1 billion, and an averaging spending rate of $208.7 billion.   Continue Reading...
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