LFA Updates

“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The New York Times editorial “ Help Teachers Before They Get to Class ” (October 15) repeats outdated canards about teacher preparation that are as misguided as the new federal regulations celebrated in the editorial.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...
Many educators have latched on to social media as a way to share information with colleagues, parents and community members. But becoming truly connected means much greater engagement—using social media to find and share resources, glean advice on tough dilemmas and build professional learning communities with other colleagues around the...
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...