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Top Places to Get Micro-Credentials
posted by: Melissa | August 05, 2016, 04:08 pm

 

For years, teachers who wanted to prove that they were a step above other educators would pursue a  graduate degree in a specialized field.  These degrees took years to complete and there were only a limited amount of degrees that teachers could earn.  On top of that, they were a one-time deal.  Once you had one graduate degree, there was little more you could do to prove your worth.

 

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AAE continues to be the fastest growing teachers association of its kind as more and more teachers choose AAE membership each and every day to represent their interests as teachers. And there are a great many factors that play into this growth, too, not the least of which being amazing benefits such as our tuition discount offers.

 

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Today, we’re beginning a seven-part series on instructional practices every teacher can and should be using.  In 2007, IES identified these strategies as proven to work and NCTQ brought attention to them earlier this year when they suggested the principles for teacher preparation classes.  You’ll find nothing flashy or fashionable here–just time-tested and well-worn tools that too often get neglected.

 

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The format of teacher training programs as we know them today first solidified in the early 20th century.  Designed by academics who placed a high value on the theoretical and psychological aspects of the teaching craft, they emphasized teachers discovering their “philosophy of education” and spent very little time on the practical aspects of teaching.  This practice lasted several decades.  However, as teaching has moved into the 21st century, there have been attempts to modernize the way teachers are taught and trained.  Several new programs are taking the lead with surprising results.

 

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Guest post by Kenneth Waldman

Students frequently find themselves asking why they have to write yet another essay, and educators often forget to remind them about how essential essay writing is to self-development and future success. As a result, they often lose sight of the purpose for the assignment and don’t dedicate enough time to the project. This can be crippling to a new college student.

 

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A Peek Ahead: The Top 5 EdTech Trends for 2016
posted by: Melissa | February 12, 2016, 03:13 pm

 

2016 will certainly bring new developments for technology in schools Below, we’ve listed off the top five tech trends to keep an eye out for this year:

 

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Find Free PD at the Friday Institute
posted by: Melissa | January 14, 2016, 06:03 pm

 

MOOCs have been a way for teachers to sharpen and hone their skills for several years now. Despite their popularity, anyone who has wandered into the world of online education can tell you that not all courses are created equal.  Some online courses, just like some in-person workshops, rely too much on videos or lecture.  Perhaps they have the learner go through a series of slides without ever really digging deep into the knowledge in question.  So when a good course comes along, it makes sense to make sure that AAE members know about it.

 

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Winter PD: Learn One New Thing Over Break
posted by: Melissa | December 15, 2015, 04:48 pm

 

Break is coming up for all of us. Don’t let it go to waste!  Today, we’re featuring a piece by Lily Jones, originally published on TeachingChannel, which offers some great tips that you can incorporate during your two weeks off that will help you brush up on your skills. Enjoy:

 

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Winter PD: Learn One New Thing Over Break
posted by: Guest contributor | December 15, 2015, 04:48 pm

 

Break is coming up for all of us. Don’t let it go to waste!  Today, we’re featuring a piece by Lily Jones, originally published on TeachingChannel, which offers some great tips that you can incorporate during your two weeks off that will help you brush up on your skills. Enjoy:

 

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12 Awesome Formative Assessment Examples
posted by: Melissa | November 16, 2015, 04:53 pm

 

Finding new and unique ideas for formative assessments is always a struggle.  However, the team over at the Global Digital Citizen Foundation has some ideas in the following blog, originally posted on their site last April.

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The Issue of Teacher Licensure
posted by: Melissa | November 04, 2015, 05:29 pm

Alabama State Teacher of the Year and finalist for National Teacher of the Year, Ann Marie Corgill resigned from teaching after 21 years this week. By all accounts, Ms. Corgill was an excellent teacher.  She was a National Board Certified Teacher.  Her students, colleagues, and principal all spoke well of her.  She was a mentor to other teachers and a published author.  Moreover, there’s every indication that she loved her students and that she loved her job.  What could possibly drive such a talent out of the system?

 

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It’s an interesting time for people who work in educator professional development.  The very way that we pursue teacher development is changing.  Part of this stems from the internet, which has made it possible for teachers to seek out their own opportunities beyond the four walls of the school building.  Part of this comes from the mounting evidence that the traditional “sit and get” method of professional development doesn’t result in any actual change.

 

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by Michelle Manno

 

When it comes to teaching special needs students, it’s important to focus on the physical environment of the classroom. USC Rossier alumna and high school teacher Angelina Clark understands how creating inclusive spaces in the classroom can benefit both the teacher and students.

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This week, Startup Noodle released a list of the 41 most innovative schools in America. The list includes 17 traditional public schools, 12 private schools, and 13 public charter schools.

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Geographic Education Gets a New Emphasis
posted by: Melissa | September 24, 2015, 10:43 am

Geography is one of those courses that gets very little attention.  In the mid-20th century, most schools ceased teaching geography as a separate course and merged it with civics and history to from the new “social studies” course.  This move makes sense in a number of ways. In high school and middle school, social studies courses are taught as global studies combined with the study of history of a region and a study of how that region’s geography affected and had been affected by that history.

 

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Innovation Station: Pets in the Classroom
posted by: Alana | September 11, 2015, 04:12 pm

 

Have you ever had a pet in your classroom? Are you considering one for your classroom this year? Back-to-school time may be the perfect opportunity to give consideration to such a rewarding undertaking!

 

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No Enemies
posted by: Melissa | September 10, 2015, 02:49 pm

 

It’s seldom that we find anyone who mirrors our own beliefs so well and succinctly as we do in this post by Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Todd Rademacher.  Like Mr. Rademacher, AAE is in it for the students and we’re proud to work with anyone who shares our passion for teaching and children. You can find the original post on Mr. Rademacher’s blog.

 

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By Sandi JacobsMs. Jacobs is vice president & managing director for state & district policy for the National Council on Teacher Quality. Learn more about NCTQ.

  Almost 6.4 million students—about 13% of students overall—receive special education services. Meanwhile, nearly the same percentage of the teacher workforce works in special education classrooms. Considering the need for these professionals and the specialized skills required of them, you’d think expectations for preparing and licensing special education teachers would be at least as high as they are for other teachers, if not higher.

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College Board Reveals Revised AP US History Framework
posted by: Melissa | August 03, 2015, 11:15 am

Last year, the College Board made waves when it released the revised standards for Advanced Placement (AP) US History.  The revised course was criticized by conservative politicians and pundits for being anti-American.  Many people pointed out that the framework often presented a one-sided view of history in its attempts to explore historical controversies and nuances.

 

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AAE Survey: Teacher Professionalism
posted by: Melissa | July 27, 2015, 02:29 pm

AAE has always been committed to advancing the professionalism of educators. We believe that teachers are true professionals with valuable insights and unique talents and strengths. In order to gauge how our members feel about issues surrounding professionalism, we conducted a poll on what it means to be a true professional.

 

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