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  • Meet the 2021 AAEF Advocacy Fellows

    The Association of American Educators Foundation is excited to welcome our latest cohort to the AAEF Advocacy Fellowship! Since 2018, AAEF has supported educators in leveraging their voices and unique experiences to make lasting change in our profession. During this year-long experience, AAE Foundation will foster our new Fellows’ advocacy skills and knowledge, including their education policy orientation and understanding.



  • Yes, Even in a Pandemic, Teachers Still #LoveTeaching

    This week’s guest blog is from Gary Abud, Jr. 

     

    We used to talk about teacher shortages, but now just about everybody has become a teacher in some way. 



  • Black History Month in the classroom

    February is Black History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Americans throughout this nation’s history. Carter G. Woodson introduced the idea of Black History Month in 1915, with every U.S. president designating the month of February as Black History Month since 1976. Many other countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom celebrate Black History as well.

    Here are several resources to help you include Black History Month lessons and conversations in your curricula.



  • The GLOBE Academy Receives Generous Gift from Association of American Educators

    Alexandria, VA – The Association of American Educators (AAE), a national non-union professional association serving educators in all fifty states, is pleased to announce the GLOBE Academy, a dual language immersion charter school serving grades K-8 in the DeKalb County School District of Metro Atlanta, is the recipient of a generous end-of-year gift. The GLOBE Academy serves approximately one thousand students and like schools throughout the nation has been maintaining rigorous learning standards during the coronavirus pandemic. 



  • Resources for Facing Trauma

    The events leading up to the unsettling violence at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, and the continuing developments are truly history in the making. Our students are witnessing what is and is not working well in our nation. Educators are having discussions with their students in all grades about what happened and what might happen next. To assist in having those discussions, answering questions, and reassuring students, we have assembled some articles, teaching tools, and diverse perspectives so that you may better serve your students.



  • Myth of the Digital Native

    This week is Computer Science Education Week and never has it been more important. This past year we have seen learning move online, we have seen bots flood social media with fake news, and viruses infect and disable school computing systems. 



  • Idaho teacher uses AAE Grant to purchase books for young readers

    Earlier this year, Melissa Hunt, an elementary educator at I.T. Stoddard Elementary School in Blackfoot, Idaho, applied for a COVID-19 Relief Grant to purchase books for her young readers. This is her reflection of the impact this funding had on her students.



  • Pre-K educator granted virtual learning equipment

    Pre-K educator Allison Pattion applied for an AAE Foundation Classroom Grant and found out how valuable her particular grant request would be for her students in the coming virtual learning school year. Some projects are approved not because they are glamorous but because they meet a specific need in a specific setting. These needs may seem unique, but many educators were struggling with similar challenges. Daily I wondered how I was going to implement effective and engaging learning experiences for my pre-K students over a full virtual learning day. The list of questions that ran rampant, that I spent an entire summer preparing for, felt endless. How would the virtual space replicate a classroom setting? What would I use to model teaching? What normal supplies would I have in my room that I could gather for students? How could I make virtual learning hands-on for pre-K students? Lastly, where would these materials be stored and retrieved by parents?



  • Why Teach Civics

    Our country is holding one of the most contentious elections in recent history. The nation’s citizens seem to be more polarized than ever. It’s not just that we can’t agree on what solutions we need, we don’t even seem to agree on the same list of issues. Increasingly, digital and traditional media are pulling citizens further and further into their own respective corners and echo chambers, leaving many to feel we have few values or beliefs in common.