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Resources on COVID-19

LFA regularly updates resources from our member organizations, which represent 10 million parents, teachers, administrators, school board members and other educators on COVID-19. AASA's COVID-19 Recovery Task Force has just released guidelines for reopening schools, NEA has released a report, All Hands on Deck, with guidance on reopening schools and keeping students and staff safe, and the American School Counselor Association has a new guide on addressing mental health needs upon reentry. 

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What Will It Cost to Keep Schools Safe in a Pandemic?

AASA and the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), have built this chart that estimates the additional costs associated with reopening school buildings this fall, from cleaning products and PPE to transportation, with the average 3,600-student district incurring additional costs of at least $1.7 million. 

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NEA, PTA Call for Support for Students and Teachers

Leaders from two of the largest and most influential education organizations, the National Education Association and the National PTA, held a media call to address the pressing issues facing students, families and educators, including what’s needed from Congress for the 2020-21 academic year. A new nationwide poll shows extremely positive views of educators but concerns about the support for educators and families to cope with distance learning. 

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Podcasts with Exemplary Educators

What are the secrets of success of the best teachers, principals, and school district leaders? Earlier this year LFA brought together a group of exemplary educators from our members associations for a series of podcasts to discuss their jobs, strategies, and what their schools need to succeed. 

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Video Conferences and Privacy

As most schools have had to make a hard and fast pivot to online learning, CoSN has released a new report on video conferencing and best practices for using these technologies for a classroom environment. Be sure to also check out their new podcast on Cybersecurity Considerations During COVID-19. (Photo of Churchill Road Elementary teacher holding virtual office hours via Fairfax County Public Schools).

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Public School Insights

Our blog, Public School Insights, offers timely commentary and analysis of current issues in education, including leadership, equity, digital learning, and much more. 

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.