Association of American Educators
An invaluable learning adventure
Written by AAE Tamia   

Our guest blog today is by Ami Ware, who won an AAE Foundation Teacher Scholarship.

 

Finding meaningful, professional development can often be difficult for educators. Luckily, for librarians and others who are passionate about sharing a love of reading and books, there are a few amazing opportunities every year to meet with like minded individuals, authors, illustrators, and industry leaders who continue to shine a light on the importance of library programs nationwide. One such event is the Texas Library Association annual conference that takes place annually in various major cities throughout Texas in March. This year, attendees will meet in Houston to share and learn ways to ensure the future success of their library programs while also meeting with vendors, experiencing new technology tools, and hearing from award winning authors like Lois Lowry and Jason Reynolds.

 
NEFW Spotlight: Kansas Teachers Decertify from Union
Written by AAE Ruthie   

In honor of National Employee Freedom Week, a nationwide campaign offering an unparalleled focus on the freedoms union employees have to opt out of union membership, we are sharing stories of teachers who have exercised their rights and have chosen the organization that best meets their needs.
 
Charters in Washington, D.C. Schools Face Pressure from Unions
Written by AAE Ruthie   

In the past year, Washington, D.C. public charter schools have experienced a five percent enrollment increase, rising to nearly 81,000 students this school year alone. They now comprise 41% of all public school students in the District of Columbia.
 
The Strength of Project Based Learning
Written by AAE Melissa   

As teachers look for new and creative ways to drive student instruction, more of them are turning to project based learning (PBL).