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DON'T MISS YOUR TAX-FREE WEEKEND!
posted by: Alana | July 21, 2016, 12:13 pm
Many states have tax-free weekends over the summer months and yours may be just around the corner. These weekends are a critical time for thousands of educators across the nation who start the school year without enough supplies and need to stock up on a budget. But even for those who are lucky enough to get the supplies they need to last the school year, these weekends can be just as important for those living on a teacher's salary.   Here's a list of participating states, the dates of their respective tax-free weekend, and the items covered under each state's holiday:     Continue Reading...
For-Profit Alternative Certification Programs on the Rise
posted by: Alix | November 29, 2011, 06:18 pm
With the teaching profession growing and evolving, one theme that remains constant is the fact that effective teachers are the key to student success. With over half of the current teacher workforce retiring in the next ten years, attracting new and seasoned professionals to the classroom will be one of our greatest challenges. As we explore new avenues for teacher preparation, for-profit alternative certification programs have caught on and are growing exponentially in states across the country.   Continue Reading...
AAE State Policy Update May 24, 2011
posted by: Alix | May 24, 2011, 11:10 am
With the 2011 legislative session coming to an eventful end, states across the country have been on a quest for months to implement sweeping education and labor reform legislation. What began with a bang in Wisconsin has grown into a full-scale movement in states throughout the country. While each state is experiencing reform on different levels, it is impossible to ignore that this year will have a nationwide impact on the face of education and labor for generations to come.   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...
AAE State Policy Update
posted by: Alix | May 03, 2011, 03:56 pm
As the 2011 legislative session draws to an end, state legislatures across the country are proceeding with bills that seeks to curb union power and implement sweeping education reform. While Wisconsin and Ohio have received the bulk of the media attention, nearly the entire country will see historic changes in the coming year.   Continue Reading...
Budget Cuts Threaten the Next Generation of Educators
posted by: Alix | April 06, 2011, 10:21 am
President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have often mentioned that the cornerstone of their education agenda is their focus on recruiting America's best and brightest young people to a career in teaching. With programs like the TEACH campaign, the Obama administration realizes that we are at a crossroads with our teacher workforce, as the majority of American teachers will be retiring in the next ten years. Unfortunately due to unprecedented budget shortfalls and the threat of layoffs, experts are warning that college students will be less likely to pursue a career in teaching for fear of uncertainty in the profession.   Continue Reading...
Head of the Class 2.0
posted by: Jill | March 23, 2011, 08:09 am
Twitter. People are still abuzz about it. What about Twitter + classroom discussions? This communication trend tool in the classroom is only picking up speed. The benefits of emerging technologies like Twitter outweigh the downfalls. Look at this interactive class at the University of Texas at Dallas using Twitter to increase student engagement."   Continue Reading...
We often mention advances in technology on the AAE blog. Stories ranging from students organizing online study groups to learning Chinese through remote video conferencing in Shanghai have all been making national headlines. This week a sick boy in Texas is all over the blogosphere for a new technology that lets him attend class without ever leaving his home.   Continue Reading...
Stranger Than Fiction: Teachers to Carry Guns?
posted by: Alix | January 21, 2011, 10:43 am
In the wake of the tragedy in Arizona and recent school shootings across the country, a debate over guns has started yet again. While commentators struggle to make sense of these horrible massacres, the teachers of these students often come forward to share similar stories of troubled and threatening students in their classrooms. On state senator in Nebraska believes he has found a solution, introducing a bill that would allow school administrators, teachers and security staff to carry concealed handguns in schools.   Continue Reading...
Teach for America Getting Rave Reviews
posted by: Alix | December 06, 2010, 11:27 am
Teach for America, a non-profit organization that recruits recent college graduates and professionals to teach in high-need schools for two years, has been in the headlines recently as the school reform debate rages on. Both sides agree that finding highly effective teachers is the most critical component in improving student performance, Teach for America is seen as part of the solution.   Continue Reading...
Broad Prize Awarded to Gwinnett County, GA
posted by: Alix | October 22, 2010, 08:43 am
This week the Broad Prize for Urban Education was awarded to Gwinnett County School District in Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. The annual award honors an urban school district that exemplifies not only student achievement but narrowing the gaps in achievement among diverse income and ethnic groups. Considered the most prestigious education accolade, the $1 million Broad Prize is awarded in the form of college scholarships to district graduates.   Continue Reading...