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NEW: Why LFA is Celebrating Public Schools

Our new video shows why LFA leaders are signing the Pledge for Public Schools--and why it's important for all educators and parents to celebrate Public Schools Week 2020. (Closed Captioned version available here) Check out our Social Media Toolkit for ideas to share.

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Social Emotional Learning and Emotionally Adrift Students

In the latest blog for AFT's Share My Lesson, LFA Executive Director Richard M. Long describes how he used social emotional learning tactics to build trust with a group of troubled male students. 

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How to Discourage Students from Vaping

Vaping is becoming a huge concern and distraction in many schools, and we know that alcohol, drug and tobacco use impedes students' development and increases the risk of unsafe behaviors and substance abuse later in life. The National PTA has resources for parents and others to discourage substance abuse, including a new webinar on the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping.

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Inequities in Rural Schools

Rural schools serve nearly 7.5 million public school students, yet many children and families in rural America are struggling to access resources and opportunities. A new report by the Rural School and Community Trust, a branch of AASA, the School Superintendents Association, calls on state and federal leaders to take action

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Suicide Prevention Guide

Do you know the warning signs of suicide? The American School Counselor Association and other groups have released the revised Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention, a comprehensive guidebook offering best practices for K-12 schools, school districts and policymakers.

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