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Lessons to Curb Hate and Prejudice 

In its annual 2017 audit of anti-semitic incidents in the United States, the Anti-Defamation League found that 2017 was a record year of anti-semitic incidents in the United States, rising 57 percent. On November 29, the American Federation of Teachers co-hosted a webinar with Steven Spielberg, the Oscar-winning director of Schindler’s List, to discuss ways to use the movie to stand up to hatred and engage students in conversations around racism, antisemitism and other forms of hate.


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How Can We Support New Teachers?

Lynn M. Gangone, executive director of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education joined LFA for a Facebook Live chat to discuss the current state of teacher education. LFA's Elements of Success has led to a focus on teachers, teacher education, and ongoing support as a critical need for K-12 education. (photo by Allison Shelley, the Verbatim Project for American Education)


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Ideas to Build Strong, Successful Partnerships with Businesses and Community Groups

Schools and businesses have common and often compatible goals to better prepare students. LFA and business partners discuss practical ways to reach their mutual goals in “Community in Education: Bringing Businesses and Schools Together” and give students more meaningful, real-life educational experiences.




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Distributed Leadership Empowers School Staff 

In our latest blog for AFT's Share My Lesson, Richard Long discusses the importance of distributed leadership and shared decisionmaking. Learn how to use each teacher and staff members' strengths to improve student learning.

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The Value of Apprenticeships

LFA and several of our partners have studied the value of apprenticeships and real-life job experiences for students. NSBA's Center for Public Education has released "A New Look at Apprenticeship: Linking School to 21st Century Skills," and LFA members recently traveled to Newport News Shipbuilding to visit its Apprentice School.

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