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  • 28 Aug 2017 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    2016 Award Recipients, as presented at AAEE 2016 in Nashville, TN

    Member input is requested for the following initiatives:

    2017-2018 Call for Nominations

    The Board of Directors of AAEE consists of the President, President-elect, Past President, Treasurer, Secretary, and four At-Large Board seats. Board members are involved with many aspects of AAEE that include: membership, communication, professional development and other essential functions of AAEE. To review descriptions of each position, please visit: AAEE Team Descriptions.

    We are looking for new Board members who have the expertise and commitment to lead AAEE.

    The following officers will continue in their elected positions on the AAEE Board for the 2017-2018 term:

    • President Amy Spruce, (current President-Elect)
    • Past President Derek Jack (current President)
    • Board Member-At-Large Daphne Donaldson, (Professional Development) (2016-18)
    • Board Member-At-Large Rita Moreno (Membership/University) (2016-18)

    We invite you to submit your nomination for any of these positions:

    • President-elect (2018-2019)
    • Secretary (2017-2019)
    • Treasurer (2017-2019)
    • Board Member-At-Large (Publications; 2017-19)
    • Board Member-At-Large (Membership/K-12; 2017-19)

    Self-nominations: If you are interested in serving on the Board, please submit a resume and letter of interest indicating the position for which you are self-nominating. Please return your nomination letter by September 13, 2017, to Jason Kennedy, jkennedy3@wcpss.net, Chair of Elections Committee.

    Nominating a Colleague: If you know of others who could help lead the organization, please contact those individuals directly and encourage them to self-nominate. (Or email Jason Kennedy by: September 13, 2017 if you would like AAEE to follow-up with the prospect.)

    Nominations will be accepted until September 13, 2017. All nominations will be reviewed by the Elections Committee to prepare a slate of candidates for the ballot. Following an electronic vote by the membership, Board members will be installed at the October annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

    If you have any questions, please contact Jason Kennedy, Chair of the Elections Committee at Jkennedy3@wcpss.net, or Deb Snyder, Executive Director, execdir@aaee.org.


    The AAEE Board of Directors is pleased to request nominations for the association's awards which will be presented this October at the 2017 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

    As an AAEE member, you know that we work with some amazing, dedicated professionals. PLEASE take a few moments out of your busy day to nominate a colleague who deserves recognition. Please submit your nomination form by September 13, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Jason Kennedy, jkennedy3@wcpss.net.

    Thank you for thoughtfully considering nominating an AAEE colleague. For a list of past recipients, check out the Awards section of the AAEE website.

    View Awards Descriptions   |   Nominate a Colleague

  • 22 Aug 2017 10:48 PM | Anonymous

    Dear colleagues:

    I hope your transition to a new academic year is going well. I am excited to let you know of my plans to retire from my Executive Director position at the end of 2017. However, as I shared with the AAEE Board, my decision is bittersweet. Ironically, the “bitter” is due to so much that is sweet! I have thoroughly enjoyed my affiliation with AAEE, from various roles on the board, to serving as President, Interim Executive Director, and Executive Director. I am particularly proud of the improvements implemented during my leadership and the promising future that continues to unfold for AAEE.

    I’d like to thank the board for their leadership, collaboration and support. I must also thank Sara Russell for her partnership in all aspects of my work. I’m very proud of the sense of team we have developed—this could not have occurred without Sara’s competency, collegiality and diligence. Finally, I’m grateful to you—our community of educators—for the wonderful relationships I’ve been privileged to develop with our membership. As you can see, it is going to be challenging for me to leave my position and my colleagues. However, because it is gratifying for me to consider the organization we have built, my departure will be sweet, too.

    As a former career counselor, I’ve used words like “deceleration” and “reinvention” to refer to retirement. Now, I’m eager to apply these terms to the next phase of my career journey and to be able to reconfigure my schedule with more time for family (i.e. grandkids!), reading, exploring, spending time with friends, volunteering, and being open to new possibilities.

    During the remainder of my tenure, I will continue to invest fully in AAEE; however, I wanted to announce my retirement early so that the board and I could collaborate to provide a favorable transition for a new Executive Director. Thank you for the opportunity to serve alongside great colleagues and in a key role within an excellent professional association. I hope to see you at our annual conference and fair in Pittsburgh, October 24-26!



    Deborah R. Snyder, Executive Director

    American Association for Employment in Education

    execdir@aaee.org; 614.800.1722; www.aaee.org

    - - - 

    Thank you, Deb. Colleagues, I hope this communication finds you well and ready to begin a new academic year.  It is my hope that you can join me in congratulating our Executive Director, Deb Snyder, in her retirement announcement for the end of this year. Having served in an Executive Director capacity since 2015, there have been a great number of contributions Deb has provided leadership to our association for, including:

    • Upgrading our infrastructure
    • Enhancing our tradition of substantial annual conferences and fairs
    • Building new partnerships and stronger collaborations
    • Developing engaging and consistent communication channels
    • Implementing new initiatives such as webinars and a strategic, comprehensive approach to membership development
    • Stabilizing our financial status by increasing our assets by 57% after two fiscal years

    For seven years, I had the privilege of seeing Deb serve on the AAEE Board in various capacities.  During this time, Deb demonstrated her loyalty and commitment to the association.  Everything Deb worked on, every project she completed, every connection she made, was of impeccable quality and brought credibility to the association and its mission.

    In light of Deb’s retirement announcement, AAEE will be starting a nationwide search for a new Executive Director.  Look for details about the position to be released to the membership on September 1, 2017.  I am confident that among our membership and other professional colleagues, we will find a quality individual who will be able to continue the excellent leadership Deb has provided AAEE as Executive Director.   

    As we move through these exciting times of transition, the conference planning committee is working hard to offer another great opportunity for all of us to connect for professional development, networking, and fun.  I look forward to seeing you at the 84th AAEE Conference, Bridging Partnerships, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 24-26.  Our Education Career Fair will occur October 26 in collaboration with Kappa Delta Pi’s national conference—providing an opportunity for recruiters to connect with future teachers from across the U.S. who are attending the education honorary’s conference.  You can register for the conference and fair, and book your hotel through our AAEE website,www.aaee.org.  Looking forward to connecting with all of you in Pittsburgh as we continue to build partnerships together!


    Derek Jack

    AAEE President 

  • 22 Aug 2017 7:30 AM | Anonymous

    Join Us for the Conference and Education Career Fair

    • Expand Your Network: From the opening night reception, to the breakout sessions, to our Give Me Five speed networking event, the AAEE Conference creates intentional spaces for employers and university professionals to connect in meaningful ways.
    • Meet Quality Teacher Candidates: The annual Education Career Fair draws employers from across the U.S.—this year, AAEE is partnering with Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, for our biggest education fair yet! Space is limited, so employers should register ASAP.
    • Sharpen Your Skills: Learn from expert keynote speakers about the latest trends in education, and engage in breakout sessions to share best practices and discover innovative ways to prepare, recruit, and retain teachers.
    • Stay Current: Receive a hardcopy and in-person walk-through of the latest Education Supply and Demand Report, an invaluable resource for keeping a finger on the pulse of the current education job market.
    • Get the Scoop: Connect with exhibitors, like our Diamond Sponsor CareerEco, to pick up great ideas and products that can help you do your job better—plus, get a free professional headshot to update your social media accounts.
    • Explore Pittsburgh: Pre-Conference excursions are planned for KDKA TV, Heinz History Center, Carnegie Science Center, and more. You’ll want to come early and stay late to see it all! From the world’s largest “green” building to The Andy Warhol Museum, you can see it all in Pittsburgh—recently named by Harper’s Bazaar as one of “The 17 Best Places To Travel In 2017”.
    Stay Tuned: For more reasons to join us at the 2017 AAEE Conference and Education Career Fair, follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @AAEEorg, #AAEE2017PA

    Questions? Contact:
    Deb Snyder (AAEE Executive Director) at execdir@aaee.org
    or Sara Russell (AAEE Strategic Marketing Manager) at info@aaee.org

  • 02 May 2017 9:42 AM | Anonymous

    Reach Thousands of New Educators
    Reserve your spot today!

    Purchase an ad or announcement in the 2018 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!

    1/8 to full-page ad space available
    All ads are in full color at no additional charge!

    Ad copy due: June 12, 2017

    Purchase Now

    Mark Your Calendar
    2018 Job Search Handbook Pre-Sale starts Monday, May 15!

    Order your copies of the 2018 Job Search Handbook via our pre-sale from May 15 through July 15 with fulfillment during the end of July/beginning of August. Stay tuned to aaee.org for additional details!

    Can't wait? The 2017 edition is still available for purchase!


  • 25 Apr 2017 11:14 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Bethany Schlipf, recipient of the 2017 Janice Jones Scholarship, an award of $800. 

    AAEE presentation of 2017 Janice Jones Scholarship

    Bethany was presented with her check by Illinois State University Career Center Director Pamela Cooper, Career Advisor Renee Carrigan, Bethany Schlipf, and College of Education Associate Professor Dr. Pauline Williams.

    About Bethany:

    AAEE 2017 Janice Jones Scholarship Recipient Bethany S. of Illinois State UniversityBethany is from Gridley, Illinois. She is completing her BA in Bilingual Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish and an ESL endorsement. She will graduate from Illinois State University in Spring 2019. Bethany has spent several weeks as a volunteer in Guatemala and Mexico. She hopes to use her love for Spanish and working with children by teaching students from low-income families in a rural or urban area.  She also has a desire to teach abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.

  • 05 Apr 2017 5:07 PM | Anonymous

    AAEE 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities

    Connect with hundreds of attendees
    Help us ensure the success of our 84th Annual Conference and Education Career Fair by becoming a sponsor! Your conference sponsorship allows AAEE to provide enhanced programs and services for conference attendees without increasing the cost to our members.

    By attending as a sponsor, you have great opportunities to make valuable connections with hundreds of AAEE attendees. We have sponsor packages ranging from Diamond to Bronze, for full details please see Conference Sponsorship.

    “The 2016 AAEE conference in Nashville was one of the best conferences of the year. It was set up as a vendor-friendly conference, creating multiple opportunities for conversations with school districts all across the country. The collaborative environment focused on tackling challenges that exist in education, sharing best practices, and creating initiatives to positively impact student achievement.” - Justin Metcalf, PeopleAdmin; 2017 Diamond Sponsor


    Sponsorship Application Deadline: June 1, 2017

    For more information, please contact:
    Amy Spruce at  
    amy.spruce@adams12.org or 720-972-4058
    or Deb Snyder at execdir@aaee.org or 614-800-1722.

  • 28 Mar 2017 1:59 PM | Anonymous


    The AAEE Conference Program Committee invites members to share their expertise and experience by presenting a 30-minute Express Session or a 60-minute Concurrent Session at the Annual AAEE National Conference.

    Topics can include, but are not limited to:


    • Career guidance
    • Teacher prep
    • Teacher certification exams and policies


    • College-employer partnerships
    • Grow Your Own programs
    • Alternative recruitment practices


    • Onboarding strategies
    • University-school system partnerships
    • Mentoring/Career Coaching

    Professional Development

    • Body language
    • Staying fresh
    • Marketing & communications
    • Philanthropy

    (For a full list, please download application)


    For event information please see Conference and Ed Career Fair Pages.



  • 21 Mar 2017 5:08 PM | Anonymous

    AAEE Prepares to Take Over the City of Bridges!

    With memories of Nashville lingering fondly, the AAEE team preps for an exciting journey to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the 84th Annual Conference and Education Career Fair. The 2017 Conference and Fair will run from October 24 through 26, with the Career Fair falling on the final day, a new schedule from pervious formats. Until we see you there ...#AAEE2017PA  

    Tue. Oct. 24 - Thu. Oct. 26

    We'll cover it all: professional development and networking opportunities for career services & Colleges of Education professionals, K-12 recruiters & school district administrators, and colleagues from nonprofit & for-profit education-related organizations.

    Learn More

    Become a Presenter

    Share your expertise and experience by presenting a 30-minute Express Session or 60-minute Concurrent Session at the Conference

    Apply Today

    Education Career Fair
    Thu. Oct. 26 from 3 - 6 PM 

    Meet your recruiting needs by networking with students, recent graduates, and experienced practitioners.

    Learn More



  • 25 Jan 2017 4:09 PM | Anonymous

    The American Association for Employment in Education, along with 24 other organizations, has issued a joint statement affirming their strong support of high standards in education and calling for united efforts to recruit quality and diverse candidates into the teaching profession.

    Classroom learning is most effectively supported by teachers who have pursued high-quality preparation programs, according to research. Motivating the most promising students to pursue careers in education and providing rigorous teacher preparation is key to having the most effective teachers in our classrooms. Quality education preparation programs work to develop candidates’ teaching abilities and ready them for the realities of the classroom, further raising their chances of success.

    The full statement can be found on our Partnerships page.

    AAEE, along with 24 other education-related entities, understands that educators have long been struggling under the weight of a negative narrative about the teaching profession as well as the increased scrutiny and demands placed on them. Additionally, enrollment in teacher education programs has declined 30% nationally since 2008, and the number of high-achieving undergraduate students considering a career in education is at its lowest level in decades.

    “A key indicator of the public’s lack of respect for the teaching profession can be seen in the declining numbers of people entering the profession,” stated Kappa Delta Pi Executive Director Faye Snodgress. “As an organization that is committed to ensuring that all children have a highly effective teacher, KDP invited other education organizations to be a part of an effort to change the narrative and recognize the teaching profession for the noble profession that it is.”

    Through the collaboration and partnering of our organizations, we are positioning ourselves to promote education as an attractive career, actively participate in teacher preparation, and continually support the career-long professional growth of teachers. We deeply value the collaboration and support of our colleagues in helping to amplify our voice.

    “The American Association for Employment in Education is proud to collaborate with other national education-related organizations to encourage students to pursue the teaching profession,” stated Deborah Snyder, Executive Director of AAEE. “As a professional association that includes school system administrators, university career services professionals and College of Education faculty, high-quality preparation and recruitment of educators is our primary goal.”  

  • 16 Jan 2017 11:06 PM | Anonymous

    AAEE Members, you are invited to submit an article for consideration for the next edition of the Job Search Handbook for Educators. The deadline for submitting the article is February 13, 2017.

    We seek articles between 250 and 1,000 words. Short articles are welcome! Here are some tips:

    • Write specifically for future teachers. The Job Search Handbook is widely distributed to student teachers who will soon be applying for their first full-time teaching jobs. Our goal is to provide them with information to make them as confident as possible.
    • Make the article conversational. We appreciate and want data-supported articles, but provide your data in a conversational format. Consider including your information as a “To Do List,” a “Top Ten” or “Top Five,” a series of FAQ’s, or a quiz. Think about how you would present this information to student teachers if you were addressing them in person.
    • Use current data and resources – please do not cite resources that are more than three years old. 

    You are welcome to submit an article that covers any aspect of the teacher job search.

     If we accept your article, you, as the author:

    • Bear full responsibility for the content; opinions expressed are not necessarily representative of AAEE; 
    • Confirm that the article has not been published or submitted elsewhere; 
    • Grant AAEE the right to use this article in 2018 Job Search Handbook and other AAEE publications and/or media; 
    • Understand the editorial committee reserves the right to edit the article to fit theHandbook’s style and continuity.

    Please email your proposed article (as a Word document) and a copy of the AAEE author’s agreement to: Becky Faber, 2018 Editorial Committee, at rfaber1@unl.edu by February 13, 2017

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