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  • 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

  • 05 Jun 2018 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AAEE is pleased to announce we are now a Supporting Organization of Teach to Lead! Teach to Lead is a partnership of the U.S. Department of Education and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Teach to Lead envisions a world where teachers are valued as experts in instruction and are leaders in informing, developing, and implementing education policy and practice to steer systematic improvements to benefit student learning, and their mission is “to provide resources, facilitate stakeholder consultation, and encourage professional collaborations to develop and amplify the work of teacher leaders.”

    As a Supporting Organization, AAEE has agreed to support the Teach to Lead vision and mission and promote our efforts with their constituents. In return, Teach to Lead will share AAEE’s expert knowledge with a wider audience; cross promote our efforts; network AAEE with other organizations or individuals in similar areas; and connect us with a wide audience of potential participants.

    This organization helps teacher leaders transform their great ideas into action through Teacher Leadership Summits, Leadership Labs, and Teacher Impact Grants. Learn more about all of these efforts and more here!

    We are proud to support the efforts of Teach to Lead and encourage AAEE members to get involved! Here are a few ways you can get involved now:

    • Follow Teacher to Lead on social media and share their posts
    • Participate in their Teach to Lead Summits
    • Submit an article for their blog and/or annual publications

    We are proud to partner with Teach to Lead and their efforts to improve education across the United States through the development and amplification of the work of teacher leaders.

    If you'd like to learn more about Teach to Lead and their efforts, visit their website at http://teachtolead.org/

  • 24 May 2018 10:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AAEE 2018 Conference and Career Fair

    Registration for the AAEE 2018 is now open! That means it’s time to reserve your spot and start the countdown to St. Louis! We’d like to start off the festivities by introducing you to our opening keynote speaker, Dr. Ian Roberts. Join us on Wednesday, November 7th to kick off the conference and hear Dr. Roberts present The Time is NOW; Teachers Who Touch Lives, Change Lives!

    Presenting Dr. Ian Roberts: Saint Louis Public Schools Administrator; Education Change Agent; former Olympic athlete.Dr. Ian Roberts

    Dr. Ian Roberts is the High School’s Network Superintendent with Saint Louis Public Schools, where he coaches, supports, and evaluates high school and alternative school principals, providing them with intensive coaching for effectiveness, excellence in student and teacher achievement outcomes, and cultural responsiveness; rather than for compliance.  He encourages the principals with whom he works to think creatively about how they can improve their school communities, coupling research and his practitioner’s experience in innovative school improvement and turnaround.

    Prior to this role in St. Louis, Dr. Roberts served as the Senior Vice President (Regional Superintendent) of the Lighthouse Academies Charter Schools in New York City, after serving as the principal and Managing Director of Turnaround of the Academies at Anacostia High School, SE Washington, D.C, and Baltimore City Public Schools where he also served as special education teacher for seven years, and was named as the Baltimore City School’s Teacher of the Year for two consecutive years at Forest Park High School.

    He served as a school turnaround principal where he and his team of teachers, staff, the community, and school leaders successfully turned around, as measured by student and behavioral achievement, college acceptances, teacher retention, and reduction in issues of disproportionality in what were once failing and persistently dangerous schools in Baltimore City, Washington, D.C., and the South Bronx, New York.

    Dr. Roberts is a pivotal intellectual voice in the K-12 arena and is sought after throughout the United States and internationally to speak and lead sessions for organizational leaders on “The Power of Empathy, Compassion, and Culturally Responsiveness for organizational success,” where he blends research with the educational practitioner’s perspective. He is the author of three books on leadership, each of them having a focus on empathy and culturally responsive tenets. Prior to becoming a principal, district leader, and leadership trainer, Dr. Roberts was a world class and Olympic Athlete, competing in track and field at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, and world Championships in Maebashi, Japan and Seville, Spain.

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

  • 15 May 2018 7:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AAEE Board and National Office would like to issue a warm welcome to our new Strategic Marketing Manager, Kaitlyn Miller, and offer a grateful farewell to Sara Russell as she moves on from this role.

    Sara Russell served AAEE for almost 3 years, most notably through:

    ·      Designing a new website, and leading the transition to a new membership database and record-keeping system 

    ·      Contributing her experience and skills in design, strategic marketing, and visual communication 

    ·      Collaborating with the executive director to update all membership initiatives and to convert them to electronic systems

    ·      Bringing Job Search Handbook design and layout in-house, and leading the design and layout of 2017 and 2018 editions

    ·      Working with the executive director to re-work financial operations to enhance process and outcomes

    We are so grateful for Sara's creative problem solving, enthusiasm for the mission of AAEE, and commitment to offering positive, relational customer service to all our constituents. We wish her well as she moves on to pursue other professional opportunities.

    Kaitlyn Miller is excited to join AAEE as our new Strategic Marketing Manager. Her past experience encompasses the areas of search engine optimization, public relations, strategy/planning, data analytics, and content creation/social media. She holds a bachelor of science in Communication and New Media with a Strategic Communication concentration from Shepherd University in West Virginia. Kaitlyn currently resides in the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.


    Please feel free to use the comments section to wish Sara goodbye and/or welcome Kaitlyn into the AAEE community.

  • 10 Apr 2018 3:22 PM | Sara M Russell

    Want to reach 50,000+ new educators?  Looking for a target audience of candidates?

    Purchase an ad or announcement in the 2019 AAEE Job Search Handbook for Educators that will be seen by 50,000+ individuals from colleges, universities, agencies, and school districts. In addition to ads from employers, consortia, graduate schools, and education-related organizations, the 80+ page handbook includes articles targeted to the job search for teachers and related educators. Considered the premier resource among university career services and colleges of education, the handbook is often distributed to student teachers in class presentations and used as a one-on-one advising tool across the U.S. The AAEE Job Search Handbook for Educators is the go-to resource for university professionals and candidates seeking employment. Because new grads use the handbook as their “manual” throughout their job search, your advertisement will be viewed by thousands of individuals for years to come!


  • 03 Apr 2018 5:54 PM | Sara M Russell

    AAEE Prepares to Take Over St. Louis, Missouri!

    With memories of Pittsburgh lingering fondly, the AAEE team preps for an exciting journey to St. Louis, Missouri for the 85th Annual Conference and Education Career Fair. The 2018 Conference and Fair will run from Wednesday, November, 7th through 9th with the Career Fair kicking off the festivities. Until we see you there ...#AAEE2018STL


    The AAEE Conference Program Committee invites members to share your expertise and experience by presenting a 45-60 minute Concurrent Session at the Conference.

    Topics can include, but are not limited to:

    Sample topics – but not limited to:

    • Preparing future teachers: curricular and non-curricular approaches
    • Career guidance
    • Education initiatives candidates need to be aware of
    • Teacher certification exams and policies
    • Career options: traditional and nontraditional
    • Alternative prep programs

    Sample topics – but not limited to:

    • College-employer partnerships
    • Responding to teacher shortage
    • Grown Your Own programs
    • Diversity recruitment
    • Effectiveness of technology, alumni, etc.
    • Alternative recruitment approaches

    Sample topics – but not limited to:

    • Onboarding strategies/programs
    • Retaining outstanding teachers
    • University-school system partnerships
    • Professional learning and development
    • Mentoring and career coaching
    • Competition with private industry

    Professional Development
    Sample topics – but not limited to:

    • Body Language: Are you presenting yourself the way you think you are?
    • Staying Fresh: We Continually Do More With Less…How Do You Keep Your Cup Half Full?
    • Fundraising: Budget Cuts Abound…Have You Sought Program Support Elsewhere?
    • Marketing & Communications: Simple Ways To Make Sure You Are Reaching Your Audience Effectively, From Prospective Employee or Employers to Retired Mentor
    • Philanthropy: How Are You Bringing Your Teachers, Learners, Families, and Community Partners Together to Make A Difference?


    For event information please see AAEE 2018.



  • 25 Mar 2018 2:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Cambria Jones, recipient of the 2018 Janice S. Jones Scholarship! 

    Cambria is from Fullerton, California. She is a Mathematics and Spanish double major and is completing the Secondary Education Certification Program at Hanover College in southern Indiana. As part of her continual efforts to increase her Spanish fluency she is excited to study abroad in Spain in May of 2018! After she graduates in May of 2020 she is eager to share her love for Math and Spanish with her future middle school students. Her goal is to make a positive impact on her students just like her many influential teachers made a positive impact on her throughout her education.

    All of us at AAEE want to extend a big thank you to every student from our member colleges and universities who applied--we had one of our largest and strongest applicant pools ever this year! Our Scholarship Committee faced a challenging task, and we also thank them for their exceptional service. 

    To all of our applicants: we truly appreciate your interest and, more importantly, your heartfelt dedication to the field of education. We have no doubt that you will all make a significant impact on the young people and the community in which you teach. 

  • 22 Feb 2018 5:51 PM | Sara M Russell

    AAEE Members Receive $100 Discount on Registration!

    The American Association for Employment in Education has partnered with CareerEco for our first virtual education career fair. Recruiting organizations from our Mid-Atlantic region including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and the DC Metro Area are invited to register for the April 12th event that will connect employers with education candidates. Leverage the power of recruiting technology by joining our event from any location. 

    Event Details

    April 12, 2018 from 1 - 6pm ET

    Open to organizations in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia

    Accessible from anywhere

    Top Reasons to participate 

    • Lower recruiting costs by using our online virtual solution to screen and recruit quality candidates
    • Interact in your own chat room with the option to conduct video interviews
    • Unlimited access to all registered candidates’ information including exporting electronic resumes
    • Save time, travel, and staff required to participate in all day, on-site events
    • Efficiently involve subject matter experts and other decision-makers in the recruiting process
    • Eliminate transportation and overhead costs while reducing time-to-hire

    Pricing & Deadlines
    AAEE Member Early Registration $195 (Register by March 9; Save $100 with AAEE Membership)
    Non-AAEE Member Early Registration $295 (Register by March 9)
    AAEE Member Regular Registration $295 (Register by March 30; Save $100 with AAEE Membership)
    Non-AAEE Member Regular Registration $395 (Register by March 30)

    Not an AAEE Member? Join Now!

    Registration Includes:

    • an employer profile page showcasing your organization's unique brand 
    • your own organization's exclusive chat room allowing for real-time engagement 
    • in group and personalized one-to-one interactions
    • unlimited number of recruiters may attend chat sessions
    • tool to conduct video interviews (optional feature - not required)
    • tool to conduct video and/or audio broadcasts or screencast presentations to multiple attendees simultaneously (optional feature - not required)
    • multi-recruiter access to search resumes, preselect from, and capture 
    • resumes of registered candidates (option to create resume books)
    • unrestricted time frame to filter and export candidates' profile details and contact info 
    • unlimited job postings

    Opportunities for Organizations Outside of the Mid-Atlantic Region

    AAEE would like to expand our virtual education career fair offerings in the future. If you are interested in future events, please let us know by completing a Virtual Education Career Fair Interest Survey


    About CareerEco

    CareerEco, the new career ecosystem, is a virtual recruiting platform and talent community for jobseekers, prospective graduate students, academic institutions, and employers who leverage the power of technology and embrace innovation in order to accomplish their professional and academic goals.

    CareerEco's cloud recruiting events offer a unique method of connecting virtually that allows everyone to save time and eliminate the many burdens and costs associated with travel.

    CareerEco partners with hundreds of organizations in providing Virtual Fairs and Online Recruiting events that allow jobseekers as well as students/alumni to connect with employers, grad schools, and other professional organizations. Not only will our virtual events save you and your constituencies immense time at a fraction of the cost of traditional events, it is a highly sustainable idea for the environment. Truly, it is a triple win -- good for people, profits, and the planet.

    Learn more about CareerEco

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