LFA Updates

Veteran civil rights advocate discusses need for more diverse teaching field, efforts to boost educator quality, and next steps for her work and Learning First Alliance organizations

Sharon Robinson recently retired as president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), but she’s planning to continue the work that has defined her career. Robinson has been a staunch advocate for professionalization of the teaching field and has pushed for policies that would enhance...
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, held May 8-12, 2017, National PTA President Laura Bay and National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García penned this letter to our teachers and school staff who work tirelessly each day on behalf of our nation's students. For more information about Teacher Appreciation Week,...
“Pedagogy matters.” Rod Lucero, a vice president with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education , makes a common sense point: Just because someone is a great mathematician doesn’t mean they can teach. LFA recently reported on recent research on the educator pipeline , which finds that fewer candidates...
The Learning First Alliance recently published a report on The Educator Pipeline , looking at recruitment and retention of teachers, principals and administrators. The report found that there are growing shortages of qualified school staff, and that many in the field are taking on responsibilities with inadequate preparation, are overwhelmed,...
We’ve been talking about a looming teacher shortage and recruitment and retention issues for decades. So what’s happening now and how is this different from years past? LFA has published “The Educator Shortage: Turnover, Fewer Applicants Will Impact Student Achievement” to round up some of the most pressing issues in...
Concerned about retention and recruitment of teachers, principals, and administrators, Learning First Alliance members are looking to build stronger pipelines and supports for these critical roles in student achievement. Learn more in our special report, The Educator Pipeline , about the challenges each profession faces in ensuring students have well-qualified...
Earlier this month, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced the finalists for the 2017 Women in School Leadership Awards . Co-sponsored by AASA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, these awards are designed to recognize leading female administrators who are making a positive difference for their respective communities as...
Alexandria, Va. – Oct. 26, 2016 – Governors and state education officials can provide direction to empower local leaders by supporting a collaborative decision making system that brings a new relationship between policy and practice, according to "A New Philosophy on Education Decision-Making," a report released today by the Learning...
Economic growth and development is tied to education. The manufacturing community, for example, reports that there are millions of possible jobs in new manufacturing to be had in the United States, but only if the country has an educated workforce ready to do the work (or undertake the additional training...
The New York Times editorial “ Help Teachers Before They Get to Class ” (October 15) repeats outdated canards about teacher preparation that are as misguided as the new federal regulations celebrated in the editorial. Far from resisting higher expectations, teachers colleges are driving them. Higher education institutions and states...