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School Safety 

The federal Commission on School Safety missed a high-profile opportunity to bring leadership and resources for schools' social-emotional and mental health needs, members of the Learning First Alliance said through a joint statement. Individually, member organizations of the Learning First Alliance found some praise and much criticism for the long-awaited report. 

 

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NEW Webinar: The Elements of Success for Public Schools that Work

Richard Long, LFA Executive Director, and Share My Lesson presented a lesson on six key elements that must be integrated at the building and district level for schools to excel at teaching and learning. Long also gave tips to mark Public Schools Week this month.

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Exemplary School District Leaders

Curtis L. Jones Jr., who spent 20 years serving in the U.S. Army before taking on public school leadership in Georgia, was named the 2019 National Superintendent of the Year by AASA, the School Superintendents Association. Jones is superintendent of the 24,000-student Bibb County School District in Macon, Ga.

 

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Celebrate Read Across America Year Round

NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading through our theme: Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers. Many schools and libraries celebrate with an annual event on March 2, the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss, but NEA’s Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.

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Hurdles to Innovations in Ed Tech

As part of its Driving K-12 Innovation initiative, CoSN has published a new report that explores the top five hurdles affecting technology in K-12 learning environments: Sustaining and Scaling Innovation; Digital Equity; the Gap Between Technology and Pedagogy; Ongoing Professional Development; and Technology and the “Future of Work.”

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The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of leading education organizations representing more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools. We share examples of success, encourage collaboration, and work toward the continual and long-term improvement of public education based on solid research.