by Alix Schroeck of the Association of American Educators.
Happy New Year! AAE is thrilled to once again join with other like-minded education organizations and schools in participating in National School Choice Week this January 27- February 2.
At AAE, we recognize that school choice is a vital component of the education reform movement. We know that students learn differently, so a one-size-fits-all learning environment does little to meet the needs of all stakeholders. To foster authentic learning, parents and students must have choices. As educators, we must also recognize school choice as a valuable tool for all parties.
AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner has called the movement invaluable to the teaching profession. “Our primary goal as an organization is to empower, protect, and represent all professional educators,” he stated. “Once limited to rigid traditional school-terms and schedules, teachers are employed in traditional public schools, charters, private schools, religious schools, and online schools just to name a few. Educators will, in turn, have choices themselves when deciding when, where, and how to teach kids.”
As a professional association of educators, AAE recognizes that we are uniquely positioned to join the conversation and make sure AAE member voices are heard when it comes to school choice. By joining this network of organizations, we can directly affect policy that will have a profound impact on improving and modernizing education.
AAE looks forward to celebrating this important week with you! We will be hosting events across the country. Check our website periodically for updates on where we will be.