LFA Updates

Preparing students for successful futures has long been championed as one of the most pivotal roles for educators and parents alike; that is, after all, the purpose of education. We are now beginning to recognize, however, that preparing young people for successful futures looks much different today than it did...
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recently named Terri Tchorzynski, a school counselor at Calhoun Area Career Center in Battle Creek, Mich., its 2017 School Counselor of the Year. Ms. Tchorzynski works with students in 11 th and 12 th grades to match their interests and abilities to the pathways...
America for more than four decades has seen middle-class households shrinking from 61% in 1971 to 50% in 2015 as reported by the Pew Research Center . One of the main drivers for the decline in the middle class and the loss of 5 million good paying manufacturing jobs over...
At the end of World War II, the United States had become the world’s leading manufacturing powerhouse, accountable for 50 percent of the world’s industrial production. Now, the U.S. produces only a fifth of the global manufacturing output. The manufacturing sector can spark an economic recovery by restoring the confidence...
Career technical education is getting a lot more attention these days because of its focus on workplace competencies and business' desire for more graduates with higher-level skills. The Center for Public Education, the research arm of the National School Boards Association, recently took on the question, "What exactly does career...
The United States faces a need for nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs over the next decade, but we may not be able to fill more than half of those jobs, according to new research from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute . It's not because of a shortage of individuals: about...
What if students planned their own out-of-class work? I often wonder at the amount of time a teacher can devote to entering zeroes in to a grade book, day after day. Johnny never does his homework. Parents are called. Parents are told he will get detention. He appears day after...
Alexandria, Va. – Sept. 22, 2016 – Educators from across the country recently joined the Learning First Alliance (LFA) for a first-of-a-kind work session to discuss implementation of college- and career-ready standards, including Common Core, in their states. The overriding message from these educators is, “Give us the tools and...
Should public schools’ primary purpose be to prepare students for work and careers, instill citizenship, or teach higher-level academics? The answer, according to the 2016 Phi Delta Kappa poll on education, is that Americans don’t have a consensus. More precisely, the more than 1,200 respondents surveyed split over the question:...
Professional learning is extremely important to student learning, and for students to succeed, schools must invest in the adults who teach them. Learning Forward focuses on professional learning as a vehicle for school improvement, and its Deputy Executive Director Frederick Brown brought examples of principals' strategies to help teachers guide...