AEA's positions and policies are voted on annually by delegates elected to represent their colleagues at the AEA Delegate Assembly held in spring. Between assemblies, AEA is governed by an elected board of directors. Below are AEA's core values:
Quality Public Education for All
We believe that every child is entitled to a free, quality, public education. Rich or poor, black or white, gifted or disabled-all our children deserve the chance to grow, to learn, and to reach their potential.
Fairness, Equity, and Respect for All
We believe that every person is entitled to be treated fairly and with respect. Students and school employees should be honored for their differences in culture, history, language, religion, physical condition, ethnicity, and learning styles. These differences enrich our society.
Teaching as an Esteemed Profession
Because of the power of teaching and its value to the future, to our society and to our children, we work to enhance the esteem with which teaching is held by society.
Education Support Professionals as Valued Partners
We believe every Education Support Professional is an integral partner in all areas of the learning process and is valued within public education.
Learning as a Community Commitment
Schools are part of communities. They reflect communities and can change them for the better. Communities and schools must join hands to ensure that each continue to learn, grow, and progress.