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  • 24 Oct 2017 11:32 AM | Deleted user


    October 24, 2017
    Pittsburgh, PA

    2017 AAEE National Conference and Education Career Fair

    The American Association for Employment in Education is holding their 84th Annual National Conference & Education Career Fair in downtown Pittsburgh, PA from October 24-26. AAEE connects professionals who prepare educators with those who hire them.

    AAEE is excited to be here in Pittsburgh and anticipates another great conference and Job Fair. The Job Fair registration has more than doubled in the number of recruiters as well as the number of candidates attending from last year’s conference; says president Derek Jack, AAEE President and Career Director, Brigham Young University, UT

    On Thursday October 26, 2017, the American Association for Employment in Education will be having:

    What: Education Career Fair
    Who should attend: Any Certified Teacher -K-12
    Location: The Wyndham Garden Pittsburg Downtown
    Time: 3pm - 6pm.
    To pre-register

    Over 100 school districts from across the country have pre-registered and will be in attendance with various positions available in the Education field.

    For 84 years, the American Association for Employment in Education has consistently connected career services professionals who work with education candidates and school system human resource administrators. The association is a resource and liaison to these professionals, facilitating quality K-12 staffing.

    For more information, contact:
    Deborah Snyder or Sara Russell - 
    614-485-1111 or execdir@aaee.org


  • 19 Oct 2017 8:55 PM | Deleted user

    We’re almost there! We look forward to our time together at the AAEE Conference, October 24-26. Check the website for our schedulehotel, and more info. Please note the following items as you prepare to Bridge Partnerships with us in Pittsburgh:

    Giveaways – Please bring several giveaways to share during ourWednesday Giveaways. This is a great opportunity to promote your organization, city, or region, with t-shirts, mugs, water bottles, pens—whatever swag you might want to bring! Our goal is to have everyone take away an item from another organization.

    Conference and Career Fair App - View conference and career fair attendees, receive push notifications on the latest AAEE 2017 news, see the schedule and more by downloading our app. Search Google Play or iTunes for "AAEE Conference Plus." Note: the app includes both the Conference and Fair; to toggle between them: More > Change Events.

    Your Photo - Don't forget to send your photo to Sara at marketing@aaee.org for use in the app directory. Become familiar with your colleagues prior to arrival.

    Career Fair Employers – Please refer to the blog post below for more info. (Conference and Career Fair registrations are separate.)

    For more info on shuttles, shipping address, etc., please review our Conference & Career Fair FAQs.

    Silent Auction and Raffle – To benefit AAEE’s Janice Jones Scholarship for future teachers pursuing critical need areas, we have some exciting items in our auction. Bring cash or your checkbook to make a donation to the scholarship fund and walk away with some great items! If you’d like to donate items for the Silent Auction, please contact Joan Welker at welkerjoan@gmail.com. We appreciate your involvement!

    Night on the Town – Wednesday evening we’ll explore Pittsburgh with group dinners at local restaurants. If you’d like to take a peek at menus, click here. Sign-ups will be at conference registration area.

    Business Cards – Bring plenty for our networking events. We’re committed to building working relationships!

    Social Media – If you're on social media, join in the conversation using #AAEE2017 across Twitter and Instagram. We'd love to see photos/updates from YOUR perspective!

    If you have any questions, please contact Deb Snyder at execdir@aaee.org, Amanda Milner at info@aaee.org, or Sara Russell at marketing@aaee.org; don’t forget to check the FAQs. We look forward to a substantial time together with lots of networking, Best Practices, and fun in Pittsburgh--Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood!

  • 19 Oct 2017 8:53 PM | Deleted user

    We are so excited that you will be attending the AAEE Education Career Fair in Pittsburgh, Oct. 26. Over 100 employers will be recruiting this year and are eager to meet you. While career fairs can feel intimidating, this is NOT one of those events! Please come to gather info and get familiar with the process of interacting with employers. Recruiters are ready to share info about their organizations, the application process, and career opportunities. Interviews will be available as well. Please encourage your education friends to attend—even if they don’t register. Walk-ins are welcome!

    Here are some tips to help you prepare for your trip to Pittsburgh:

    PARKING -  Limited valet parking options are available at the hotel for $30 per day. Additional self-parking options with more economical rates are available at surrounding public garagesAddress: Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

    CHECK-IN – Candidate Check-in begins at 2:30 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. The doors to the exhibit hall will open to candidates at 3:00pm and will stay open until 6:00pm. You may come and go as you wish.

    WIFI - Free wifi in job fair and meeting spaces.

    CAREER FAIR APP – Download the “AAEE Conference Plus” app from Google Play or iTunes for the up-to-date list of Employers and other Career Fair news. NOTE: The app includes 2 events, the Career Fair and Conference. Tap More, Change Events, to ensure you’re in the Career Fair app!

    WORKSHOPS – Free power sessions from experts in the field will be held at 3:154:00, and 4:45.

    PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS – Dan Elias, professional photographer, will provide free headshots for attendees.

    OTHER TIPS – Check out the Tips for Navigating the AAEE Career Fair page to help you make the most of the fair.

    CANCELLATION - If you have changed your mind and are NOT able to attend, please contact us ASAP (info@aaee.org). No shows reflect poorly on you and your institutions.

    All attendees will receive a free tote bag sponsored by PSECU as well as a free copy of the Job Search Handbook for Educators—70+ page resource with great tips from experts and pages of job opportunities!

    Don't forget to let others know you plan to attend by using #AAEE2017PA across TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

  • 18 Oct 2017 7:42 PM | Deleted user

    You've secured your table for the AAEE Education Career Fair in Pittsburgh on October 26? Good--we are sold out! As you prepare for your trip to Pittsburgh, please review the following carefully:

    • CANCELLATION - If you have changed your mind and are NOT able to attend, please contact us ASAP (info@aaee.org) so that we can offer your spot to an employer on our Waitlist. Don’t forget our cancelation and refund policy as stated on our registration page.
    • PARKING - Limited valet parking options are available at the hotel for $30 per day. Additional self-parking options with more economical rates are available at surrounding public garagesAddress: Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
    • CHECK-IN SCHEDULE - Please note that check-in time is 1:30-2:30pm at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Due to a tight turnaround at the hotel, table assignments will be first-come first serve, at check-in. The doors will open to candidates at 3:00pm and will stay open until 6:00pm.
    • EXHIBIT HALL – A 6’x30” table and 2 chairs will be provided.
    • ELECTRICITY REQUESTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 - Complete this form. Level 1, 0-500 Watts is good for 1-2 items (e.g. laptop & phone); Level 2, 500-1,000 watts is good for 3-4 items. Bring extension cords & power bars to avoid additional fees.
    • WIFI - Free wifi in job fair and meeting spaces.
    • NAME TAGS - Please bring your name tag. Because most employers prefer to wear their professional name badge, we will not be printing name tags this year.
    • SHIP MATERIALS TO WYNDHAM - To ship to the Wyndham, please complete this form (same as above for electricity requests) and submit to Tanya as indicated, 10 days before the Fair. For Conference Name indicate “Hold for KDP/AAEE Job Fair 10/26/17.”
    • INTERVIEWING - Interviewing can take place at your table during the fair.
    • OVERALL FAQs - Our FAQ page provides valuable info for both the conference and fair—please review.

  • 04 Oct 2017 10:16 AM | Deleted user

    Grand Canyon University has partnered with the American Association for Employment in Education to create the AAEE Educational Alliance Scholarship. By committing to start your Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree program or a single non-degree course through their online offerings, Grand Canyon University will offer you a 10% scholarship off the catalog tuition rate per course for your program. This scholarship will be applied at the same time the tuition charges occur. 

    This scholarship is only valid for applicants who are employees or members of AAEE and submit a complete application for a program beginning on or before June 20, 2020.

    To learn more or apply, please download the Scholarship Packet.

    Completed packets should be submitted via email to:

    Maria Derderian, MBA, MS
    University Development

    You can also find this information on our Partnerships page.

  • 31 Aug 2017 8:59 AM | Deleted user

    Early Bird Registration Ends 08/31
    (that's today!)

    Members Receive a $45 Discount on 
    Conference Registration through the end of August.

    Not an AAEE Member? JOIN NOW!


    What Will You Learn at the Express 
    and Concurrent Sessions?

    Sessions Include:

    • First STEPs toward Teacher Candidate Development and Recruitment, Leticia M. Jones, Fulton County School District
    • For the Love of Teaching and Dislike of the Classroom, Heather Balas, Hiram College and Julie Novotny, Kent State University
    • Career Ready: Creating and Implementing a High-Impact Mentoring Program through Gamification, Josh Domitrovich, Clarion University
    • This is Your Life: Using Storytelling in Career Development and Effective Interviewing, Kate McConnell, Carlow University
    • Multiple First Impressions: Diversify Encounters to Enhance Recruiting Efforts, Donna Cooper, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
    • Re-imaging Pre-Service Student Teaching, Recruitment and Retention in the age of a massive Teacher Shortage, Jeremiah Blaha, Colorado State University - Pueblo
    • Assuring Inclusivity; Recognizing Microaggression in Career Coaching, John Rindy, Slippery Rock University

    See the Complete List


  • 28 Aug 2017 4:37 PM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

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