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Reform Matters: December 11, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | December 11, 2013, 09:38 PM   

Welcome to the Association of American Educators' online biweekly publication, Reform Matters. This education reform-focused publication features both original AAE content and a compilation of the latest news from the growing education reform community.

As the largest national non-union professional association for educators, AAE is a non-partisan choice for teachers across the country. We are proud to be member-driven and only take positions on issues after our members are surveyed at a majority. The studies, articles, and policies showcased in this newsletter have not necessarily been endorsed by AAE; however, by sharing new and innovative trends in education policy, we hope to educate and empower our members by examining new possibilities in education.

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AAE Blog Roll: Don't forget to bookmark the AAE blog and the AAE Charters blog for original daily posts on trends in education reform and professional development.

Wisconsin Bill Aims to Increase Physical Activity

Kentucky Voters Overwhelmingly Support Charter Schools

The Best Blogs for Improving Your Practice

American Students Under-performing on International Tests

MUST READ: Teachers Unions Face Moment of Truth

"...Teachers unions are facing tumultuous times. Long among the wealthiest and most powerful interest groups in American politics, the unions are grappling with financial, legal and public-relations challenges as they fight to retain their clout and build alliances with a public increasingly skeptical of big labor..."

The fact is, as the union struggles to maintain members and capture the next generation of teachers, AAE and our state chapters and partners are growing by leaps and bounds!

Click here to read the full article.

Education Technology & Blended Learning   

Signs of the Times: Chicago Public Schools Adding Computer Science To Core Curriculum, The Huffington Post, 12/10/13

Flipped Classroom Boosts Exam Grades, Flips Perceptions, eCampus News, 12/10/13

Education Technology Is In Its Infancy But It Is Growing Up Fast, Forbes, 12/9/13

Teacher Topics

In a new report, NCTQ argues that while teacher preparation programs do heavily emphasize classroom instruction, classroom management skills based off of "proven" techniques are often left out of formal instruction and don't require evaluation. Training Our Future Teachers: Classroom Management, NCTQ, 12/10/13

Performance-Based Test for Teachers Rolls Out, Education Week, 12/4/13

State Case Study: North Carolina Has Fewer Teachers, More Students, Associated Press, 12/4/13

Charter Schools, Choice & Reform Advocacy

A new report shows that 1 in 20 American students attends a public charter school. A Growing Movement: America's Largest Charter School Communities, NAPCS, 12/10/13

What does the public think about education reform and school accountability? Public Support for Accountability in Schools, CER, 12/9/13

AAE News: District North of Topeka Lessens Ties to Teachers' Union, The Topeka Capital-Journal, 11/26/13


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