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Using QR Codes to Enhance a Classroom Library
posted by: Alix | September 11, 2012, 08:28 AM
A QR code (short for "Quick Response Code") is a form of barcode that, when scanned, can take you to virtually any online destination of the creator's choosing. QR codes have exploded in popularity in the past couple of years as more and more individuals have begun to carry with them the mobile technology needed to scan such codes. The primary business-based use of QR codes is related to advertising: companies love placing these codes on their products as a tool designed to get prospects and current customers to their websites or to other information about their products.   Continue Reading...
Gary Beckner op-ed on 2012-2013 School Year
posted by: Alix | September 06, 2012, 08:58 AM
AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner op-ed on the new school year as featured on Townhall Magazine's website:   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update September 4, 2012
posted by: Alix | September 04, 2012, 05:41 PM
Secretary Duncan Speaks to Teachers about New School Year As students and teachers begin a new school year, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently told a group of more than 800 teachers that "teaching is hard work." In setting the tone for the 2012-2013 academic year, Secretary Duncan challenged educators and commented that teaching has become more difficult as education reforms take hold in classrooms across the country.   Continue Reading...
Secretary Duncan Speaks to Teachers about New School Year
posted by: Alix | September 04, 2012, 11:38 AM
As students and teachers begin a new school year, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently told a group of more than 800 teachers that "teaching is hard work." In setting the tone for the 2012-2013 academic year, Secretary Duncan challenged educators and commented that teaching has become more difficult as education reforms take hold in classrooms across the country.   Continue Reading...
Reform Matters: August 31, 2012
posted by: Alix | August 31, 2012, 12:00 AM

Welcome to the 3rd issue of the Association of American Educators' online biweekly publication, Reform Matters. This new education reform-focused publication will feature both original AAE content and a compilation of the latest news from the growing education reform community.

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With the Republican National Convention (RNC) in full swing this week, high-profile Republican leaders have turned their attention to the growing education crisis in the United States. Never before have we seen this kind of attention given to education on a national stage. This renewed focus has signaled that education reform will be an emerging campaign issue in the months ahead. In fiery speeches, GOP leaders spoke about K-12 education by battering President Obama and teachers unions—as they called for a new direction in American education reform.   Continue Reading...
With the teaching profession growing and evolving, one theme that remains constant is the fact that effective teachers are the key to student success. Studies have shown that education schools are deeply in need of reform. From attracting top high school graduates, to improving the quality of instruction, institutions that prepare future teachers must be able to produce results. In order to bring our colleges of education into a new era of success, AAE has joined with Democrats for Education Reform and other stakeholders to pen a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urging the administration to hold teacher preparation programs accountable.   Continue Reading...
Shadowbosses, released this week, tells a story of intrigue, drama, and corruption and reads like an organized crime novel. Amazingly, it is actually a true story of how public sector labor unions (including teacher unions) are spending member dues and controlling the political process.   Continue Reading...
According to the 2012 annual Phi Delta Kappa/ Gallup poll of the public's attitudes toward public schools, Americans have a number of conflicting viewpoints in their preferences for investing in schools, choice, and education reform policies.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update August 21, 2012
posted by: Alix | August 21, 2012, 02:29 PM
President Obama Calls for Aid to Stall Teacher Layoffs According to a White House Report by President Obama's Council of Economic Advisors, tight school budgets have meant fewer teachers, larger classes and shorter school years. President Obama is now using the report to persuade Congress to pass administration proposals to help states reduce teacher layoffs.   Continue Reading...
Neighborhood Internet Schools: The Wave of the Future?
posted by: Alix | August 15, 2012, 05:07 PM
Dr. David Gelernter, a professor of computer science at Yale University, recently penned an opinion editorial about expanding online education options for students across the country. He contends that big problems in education call for big solutions. By leveraging the power of the internet, all students could potentially attend emerging "Neighborhood Internet Schools." These one-classroom schools would serve students of all grades and account for all subjects through online content and parental support.   Continue Reading...

Expanding upon President Obama's signature education initiative, the U.S. Department of Education announced Sunday that it has finalized the application process for the 2012 Race to the Top-District competition. The school district-specific competitive grant program will provide nearly $400 million to grantees to implement local reforms congruent with Obama administration education goals.

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New Report: The State of Teacher Retention in Urban Schools
posted by: Alix | August 10, 2012, 01:58 PM
Experts agree that teacher retention is one of the biggest challenges facing urban school districts. Everyone knows that an aging teacher workforce will lead to projected shortages in the years to come, but, worse still, some studies estimate that as many as 50% of newer teachers are leaving the classroom after just five years. In light of the crisis, a new study by The New Teacher Project (TNTP) aims to identify the reasons teachers leave and promotes long-term strategies for empowering a successful teacher workforce.   Continue Reading...
According to a new survey conducted by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, many Americans support dramatic changes to how school districts fund staff and programs as the primary solution to budget deficits.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update August 6, 2012
posted by: Alix | August 06, 2012, 03:04 PM
Department of Education Announces August is "Connected Educators Month" Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced August 2012 is "Connected Educator Month," a month-long exploration and celebration of online communities and networks dedicated to broadening and deepening educator participation in learning and sharing. The push toward connecting through technology is designed to bring online community and education leaders together to move towards a more fully connected and collaborative profession.   Continue Reading...
Online Premiere: NEW AAE VIDEO
posted by: Larisa | August 03, 2012, 02:49 PM
As AAE gears up for the new back-to-school season, we are thrilled to launch a new video featuring many of our fantastic members from across the country.  We invite you to share this video so that educators from coast-to-coast know that there is an organization that supports the next generation of educators.   Continue Reading...
AAE Signs on to College of Education Reform Coalition
posted by: Alix | August 02, 2012, 03:22 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. Studies have shown that education schools are deeply in need of reform. From attracting top high school graduates, to improving the quality of instruction, institutions that prepare future teachers must be able to produce results. In order to bring our colleges of education into a new era of success, AAE is pleased to be joining the list of endorsers of the National Council on Teacher Quality's (NCTQ) project to rank colleges of education in an effort to better prepare future educators.

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Large urban school districts often struggle with low student performance and dismal graduation rates. Washington, D.C. public schools are no exception and the District is often listed as one of the poorest performing school systems in the country. In an effort to combat these systemic issues, school leaders have instituted a controversial new program that pays students to attend summer classes in order to get a jump start on the school year.   Continue Reading...
Last week, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) released a new statement of policy principles aimed at creating effective online learning laws in states across the country. iNACOL's Principles for Model Legislation in States will give interested parties guidance in establishing policy that puts student achievement front and center via online learning.   Continue Reading...
New Report: U.S. Lags Behind International Competitors
posted by: Alix | July 27, 2012, 09:07 AM
Despite year after year of increased spending in the United States, students from nearly twenty countries are outperforming their American counterparts at record levels. According to a new report by the Harvard University's Program on Education Policy and Governance, U.S. students are falling further behind and are not catching up to their peers in other industrialized countries.   Continue Reading...
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