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  • 17 Sep 2019 8:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AAEE 2019 Conference and Education Career Fair is just ONE MONTH AWAY! Before the festivities begin, get to know our three amazing keynote speakers for this year's event. 

    A big welcome to Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin: superintendent of Petersburg City Public Schools, to Dr. Eric Cunningham: superintendent of Halifax County Schools, and to Faye Snodgress: executive director for Kappa Delta Pi (KDP). 

    Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin
    Dr. Eric Cunningham
    Faye Snodgress

    See their full biographies by going to the conference schedule page

    Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin:

    Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin was appointed superintendent of Petersburg City Public Schools on July 1, 2019. With public education experience spanning three decades, she has served in leadership positions at the school, district and state level and — before coming to Petersburg — served as deputy state superintendent for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

    Dr. Pitre-Martin served for three years as superintendent of Thomasville City Schools, a North Carolina district with 2,500 students, 93 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.During her time in Thomasville, the school district was named to the College Board’s AP® District Honor Roll for increasing participation in Advanced Placement classes and improving student success on AP exams. During her tenure, Thomasville’s graduation rate increased 12 percent to an all-time high and the district saw double-digit gains in test scores...


    Dr. Eric Cunningham:

    Dr. Eric L. Cunningham is the proud Superintendent of Halifax County Schools, Halifax, NC. He strongly believes that his charge is to lead by example. He has dedicated his entire career to supporting and improving the lives of not just children in schools, but also improving the communities in which they live. Dr. Cunningham is committed to the old school philosophy that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Over the last 3 years, he has changed the culture of Halifax County Schools and communities by Charting a New Course to Student Achievement which entailed rebranding its schools, investing in people, and empowering others. Dr. Cunningham provides guidance and protection and motivates all stakeholders with simple but meaningful slogans like “Strive for Five” and “I Matter”, all in pursuit of delivering excellent services to the greatest and most important assets of Halifax County: Our Children.


    Ms. Faye Snodgress:

    Faye Snodgress, Executive Director of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, has served this professional organization since 2001. Before joining KDP, she worked in various educational settings including the elementary classroom, adult English as a Second Language classes, and four years in the College of Education at Butler University. She has been serving on that school’s advisory board for the last 10 years, as well as on numerous other education boards. She serves as an Expert Advisor and Chair of the Expert Committee of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Institute for Education for Sustainable Development and on various other committees for organizations related to green schools and sustainable education.

  • 08 Aug 2019 9:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AAEE Mini-Grant for School Districts

    Let AAEE help turns your ideas into reality. The American Association for Employment in Education is proud to announce the AAEE Mini-Grant Program. This program is designed to highlight and support innovative efforts by school districts to improve the pipeline of teachers into their districts and into the profession.

    Eligible projects are those that engage and encourage middle or high school-aged students to explore the possibility of a career in teaching.

    Want more details? Visit our Mini-Grant site to find eligibility, requirements, and general procedure.  

    Does your district have a new or existing project that could use some extra funding? Apply today!

    AAEE Mini-Grant
  • 22 May 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Diverse teachers with their students

    The American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE) has signed onto a letter, organized by the Association of American Educators Foundation, sent to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and leaders in Congress calling for their help in addressing the lack of teacher diversity in our nation’s classrooms. The letter, citing federal data and university studies, reports that 53 percent of public school students are children of color, while only 18 percent of teachers identify as a person of color. Studies reveal this disparity causes overall lower student achievement and outcomes, especially in populations of at-risk students and students of color.

    The letter states, “We believe that increasing teacher diversity elevates the teaching profession and improves the lives and outcomes of all students,” and calls on all parties involved to play a role in addressing the problem. The letter volunteers the services of the undersigned organizations to help Congress and the Department of Education to determine how proposed regulations and legislation may increase or decrease teacher diversity. More than seventy-five education organizations representing teachers, preservice teachers, school counselors, education staff, principals, superintendents, charter school leaders, education reformers, tutors, and teacher educators have signed the letter.

     AAEE Executive Director, Tim Neubert stated, “Teaching is not currently an attractive career path for many persons of color, to the detriment of students in our schools. If we want to provide the highest-quality education system in this country, we must work together to address the reasons why.”

    The American Association for Employment in Education is focused on positively impacting education through professional connections. With the full support of its board of directors, AAEE is proud to join this coalition of organizations from across the country in highlighting the need to increase teacher diversity, and taking an active role in efforts to prepare, recruit, and retain a diverse teacher population through intentional, long-term, and widespread efforts. AAEE’s efforts will be reflected through our membership, events, resources, scholarship programs, partnerships, and advocacy, consistent with our purposes to: 

    • Gather, organize, and disseminate information on candidates, the educational marketplace, and the job search process.
    • Establish and promote ethical standards and practices in the employment process.
    • Provide opportunities for training, networking and the exchange of information about current practices, research and innovations.
    • Promote dialogue and cooperation among institutions which prepare educators and institutions which provide employment opportunities.

    More information, including the full letter text, list of signatories, articles and studies cited in the letter, is available at aaeteachers.org/diversity.

  • 20 May 2019 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Developing Students in Your Schools into Your Future Teachers

    Want the demographics of teachers (and administrators) in your schools to reflect the demographics of your student body? Consider these steps to develop your students into your future generation of teachers:

    • Ensure you are highlighting your model teachers. Identify, support, celebrate, reward, and honor them!
    • Discuss the initiative with staff and seek buy-in. Answer questions, request suggestions, generate excitement and minimize resistance.
    • Collect and communicate financial supports such as scholarship, grant, and loan forgiveness. Opportunities and incentives abound!
    • Share and discuss effort with parents. If they resist the idea of their child becoming a teacher, don't assume the reason why. Ask them.
    • Market teaching careers to your students. What a powerful and rewarding way to impact the future!
    • Share the variety of teaching subjects and roles...but be sure to highlight areas of greatest need, such as special education, science, math, and languages.
    • Establish and support a co-curricular program, either developed in-house or through a pre-built program, such as Educators Rising.
    • Offer job shadowing opportunities...at all schools, all grade levels, and in all subjects. Support formal student-mentor relationships.
    • Recognize and regularly celebrate students' interest in (and progress toward) teaching careers.
    • Support and stay in touch with former students in teacher preparation programs. Think "alumni relations"!
    • Ensure strong systems for retention. Implement or improve districtwide mentorship programs, pathways to leadership, fair and equitable compensation, and identity-based literacy.

    By, Tim Neubert

    Tim Neubert is the Executive Director of the American Association for Employment of Education, a national non-profit based in Sycamore, Illinois. AAEE is focused on positively impacting education through professional connections, providing resources and activities for institutions and individuals involved in teacher preparation, recruitment, and retention.

  • 21 Mar 2019 7:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE), an organization which promotes professional standards and practices in teacher preparation and job recruitment, recognizes a national shortage of candidates preparing for careers in certain teaching fields. This scholarship program is designed to address this need, providing a $1,000 award to a student studying in an area of critical need. Learn more about this annual scholarship by visiting our Critical Need Teacher Scholarship page

    AAEE is proud to present this year’s Janice S. Jones Scholarships to Miss Allison Moga of Winona State University and to Miss Haley MacInerney from the University of Iowa.

    2019 Janice Jones Scholarship Winners

    Allison Moga, originally from Royalton, Minnesota is currently pursuing a dual degree in Spanish Education and Teaching English as a Second Language with a double minor in Music and Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Winona State University. Currently, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina in an effort to increase her knowledge about the Spanish language and culture. She intends to bring all the rich ideas, traditions, skills, and cherished experiences that she has acquired through volunteering, studying, and traveling to various countries to eventually inspire and connect with her future students.

    Haley is from Peosta, Iowa. She is double majoring in Spanish and Foreign Language education at the University of Iowa with an aspiration of obtaining her ESL endorsement post-graduation. Previously, she has studied and interned in Santiago, Chile and fell in love with Latin America. She will graduate in Spring 2020 and hopes to teach English in Latin America for a few years and then return to the states to teach Spanish; bringing with her the rich cultural and language knowledge to share in her classroom. She hopes to bring the passion and excitement for languages and cultures into each of her students' lives by making the language classroom an immersive experience.

    The Janice S. Jones Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of Janice Jones, the 2002-2003 President of AAEE. Janice was a lifelong resident of Evanston, Illinois. Dedicated to the Evanston community, she began teaching Special Education. An ardent proponent of quality education for all, she was well known for her lifelong advocacy of services for students with special needs. She was also recognized as an outstanding mentor for minority students studying to become teachers. Janice was a consummate professional who exemplified the values of AAEE. The scholarship fund that bears her name exists to carry on her tradition of excellence in education and leadership. Its goal is to support emerging educators who have demonstrated promise and commitment, just as these two future educators have done. 

    The scholarship committee is inspired by their passion and dedication to the field of teaching. We wish both of our recipients all the best as they continue to complete their degrees and begin promising careers in education. 

    Congratulations to Allison and Haley!

  • 05 Feb 2019 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In partnership with Upbeat, AAEE invites you to apply for the new National Working Group on Teacher Retention.

    AAEE Members receive a significant discount on Upbeat services!

    What is the Upbeat Survey?

    The Upbeat Survey is a carefully crafted and validated engagement survey designed specifically for K-12 education that uncovers actionable insights and trends around 21 key factors correlated with teacher engagement and retention.

    How Does it Work?

    • School districts will fill out the "I'm Interested" form to be contacted by an Upbeat Professional
    • Once contracted with Upbeat, school districts will administer the Engagement Survey
    • Districts will receive one-on-one consultations from an Upbeat specialist to build a follow-up staff engagement survey
    • School districts will convene twice this year to share best practices and troubleshoot issues with their peers as part of the National Working Group for Teacher Retention
    We aim to see measurable improvement in staff retention at the participating schools and districts while also gathering evidence and advice to help other AAEE members.

    If you have questions, email us at info@aaee.org or contact Upbeat directly at learn@teachupbeat.com.

    Fill out their "I'm Interested" form here!

  • 31 Dec 2018 12:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Be part of a prospective teacher's journey by contributing your knowledge and experience to them in the 2020 edition of the Job Search Handbook for Educators. Each year, the Job Search Handbook (JSH) falls into the hands of thousands of prospective educators preparing to enter the profession. Our JSH is designed to act as a guide as they enter the world of teaching.

    We invite you to be part of this journey by submitting an article for publication in the 2020 AAEE Job Search Handbook for Educators!

    The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 15, 2019. 

    We are currently seeking articles related to the following topics:

    • Employment applications, cover letters, resumes, and professional references
    • Networking, professional appearance, and social media
    • Portfolios and interview skills
    • Traditional and non-traditional employment options 
    • Equity, diversity, and cultural competence
    • Skills, salary, and the demand for educators
    • The positives of entering the teaching profession
    • Other topics which may be relevant to pre-service educators, recent graduates, and others interested in PK-12 teaching careers

    We welcome data-supported articles that are written in a conversational format. To-Do Lists, Top Ten Lists, FAQs, and/or quizzes are all excellent formats for JSH articles. Think about how you would present this information to prospective educators if you were addressing them in person.

    We hope you will consider being part of this wonderful publication that reaches and impacts thousands of prospective teachers each year. If you would like to submit your article, upload the information to our Google Doc. Find out more about our JSH by visiting the Job Search Handbook tab on our website. 

  • 12 Dec 2018 9:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    - Raquel English, Teacher, San Marcos Unified School District, California

    As a first year teacher, I woke up on the morning of my first day of school feeling an odd mix of emotions--intense excitement and sheer terror. The thought that kept running through my mind was, “It will just be me in there! It will just be me in there!” This recurring thought has both negative and positive connotations. I’ll start with the negative. 

    Going through the credentialing program, I was still a student. The very purpose of the student teaching semester is to grow under the watchful eye of a mentor teacher, and my mistakes had minimal repercussions. Even though student teaching was hard work, there was a huge difference between being the student teacher and the teacher. Although I was stepping into a classroom, it wasn’t my classroom, and these were not fully my students. Ultimately, there was an experienced veteran in the room, and I was always aware that if I looked to her for help, she would be there to rescue me. 

    As a student teacher, I did not have to respond to parent emails, create and implement a behavior management plan, or do report cards. Although I was teaching, I was not yet a teacher. I enjoyed a safety net that would soon disappear. The transition to being a first year teacher meant that I no longer had that person I could look to during a failing lesson. All the pressure, stress, planning, grading, and exhaustion would be mine. However, the successes of 27 unique little human beings would be mine, too. 

    Here come the positives! 

    Although the job of a teacher comes with stress, it also comes with a classroom and students to call your own. As a first year teacher, the first day of school is scary, but it is also the most incredible day--the day you get to meet the children who will forever live in your heart. I used to wonder how my teachers could remember my name years after I had left their classrooms. I now understand that they remembered my name because students affect the lives of their teachers just as powerfully as teachers impact the lives of their students. I refer to the students I teach as “my kids,” and even on the most challenging days, I cannot stop talking about them or thinking about them. 

    Transitioning to a first year teacher requires preparation for days that just go wrong. These difficult days may happen frequently during the first few years. However, there will also be days with the joy of a having a student say, “I love you”, or “You’re the best teacher ever.” You won’t be able to prepare yourself for the pride you will feel when a student has an epiphany because of something you said or an activity you did. You definitely will not be able to anticipate the number of times your students will make you laugh in the middle of class. Your first year of teaching will not be all sunshine and rainbows. It may be much harder than you expect. Please know that those tough days are absolutely worth it. 

    Tips from a first year teacher: 

    1. Focus your first few weeks of school on rules, procedures, and expectations to develop a firm foundation for the entire year ahead. 
    2. Be as organized as possible as quickly as possible. Have a folder or file for everything, and don’t allow paperwork to pile up. 
    3. Make time for yourself. You will struggle to pull your brain away from your classroom, your students, and your extensive to-do list, but in order to give your best to your students, you must also take care of yourself. Spend time with your loved ones, allow time for hobbies, and get enough sleep. 
    4. Use social media and online sites such as Pinterest and TeachersPayTeachers for amazing resources. 
    5. Embrace change. I changed my behavior management plan and rearranged my entire classroom halfway through the year. Change can be good. It means you are growing, learning, and taking risks in order to improve. 
    6. Ask more questions than you can count, and when you get an answer, write it down! Sometimes we’re afraid to ask questions because we don’t want to seem incompetent or bothersome, but you will never learn or discover without asking questions. Don’t be afraid to seek out help. 

    As I approach the conclusion of my second year as a first grade teacher, I can confidently say that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. During my second year of teaching, I’ve felt more confident, calm, organized, and efficient. I cannot explain how much better I feel. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t difficult, but that’s just the nature of this career. Each year will have different challenges. 

    Tips from a second year teacher: 

    1. Avoid putting unnecessary pressure on yourself. It is still okay to make mistakes, ask questions, and make changes when needed. 
    2. Consider online resources like ClassDojo for behavior management and GoNoodle for fun brain breaks. 
    3. Consider inviting parent volunteers into your classroom. 
    4. Keep lessons and activities for the week organized by day so that you can grab and teach. I use clear plastic drawers labeled Monday-Friday. This system keeps me organized and ready for the week ahead. 
    5. Keep your lesson plan books. They can be helpful resources to guide your year two lesson planning. 
    6. Give yourself kudos and cut yourself a break, especially on those not-so-perfect days. 

    The transition from student to teacher is not an easy one. You may be exhausted, cranky, and sometimes overwhelmed. You will also smile more than you ever have before because you have a class full of learners that are yours to teach. Teach them math, reading, writing, and other academics, but also teach them to be kind, to never give up, and to love others and themselves. If you do this, you will have successfully made the transition from student to teacher.

  • 14 Nov 2018 8:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our 85th Annual AAEE Conference and Education Career Fair was a hit! Thank you to all attendees and volunteers that made this event special.

    If you have any comments on your experience at AAEE 2018, please send them to us! We love to have as much feedback as we can to use for next year.

    Want to see photos from the event? Visit our AAEE 2018 Event Page! 

    We are Heading to Norfolk, VA for AAEE 2019!

    Mark your calendars now! AAEE is heading to Norfolk, VA October 22-24, 2019 for our 86th Annual Conference and Education Career Fair. Would you like to be part of the planning process? Volunteer to be on the Conference Planning Committee! Contact President-Elect Daphne Donaldson for more information.

  • 07 Aug 2018 10:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The countdown to AAEE 2018  has begun! As festivities approach, we would like to introduce you to another talent AAEE 2018 Keynote Speaker. Meet Dr. Sharonica Hardin-Bartley. 

    Sharonica Hardin-Bartley serves as superintendent in The School District of University City, a role she began on July 1, 2016. Hardin-Bartley is charged with serving 2,800 students and more than 400 teachers and staff. 

    Hardin-Bartley brings a hands-on approach to the superintendent’s role. In her short time in the District, she has secured a number of partnerships with resources now presently at work in the District. She created a strategic platform for students success called, “Learning Reimagined,” where she has mobilized her team to educate the “whole” child. Presently, she is integrating that concept into the District’s new Strategic Plan.

    She is committed to helping teachers and students bring to life their passions for education and learning. Hardin-Bartley has spent the past 20 years relentlessly championing educational excellence and equality for all children. She was an active member of the Ferguson Commission’s Child Well-Being and Education Equity Work Group. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the Gateway (IL) Chapter of the Links; board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri and the University City Children’s Center; advisory board member for Cultural Leadership, and Schools of Education for Webster University, UMSL and Harris Stowe State University. 

    She resides in the school district that she leads and her daughter just completed kindergarten at Jackson Park Elementary School in The School District of University City.

    AAEE is very thankful to have Dr. Sharonica Hardin-Bartley be part of this year’s conference in St. Louis. If you’d like to see Dr. Sharonica Hardin-Bartley and many other talented individuals speak, click on the link below to register for the event. We’ll see you in St. Louis! #AAEE2018STL

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