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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. The American Federation of Teachers' Share My Lesson shows ways to address anti-semitism and teach about the dangers of hate crimes. Also, ColorinColorado has a comprehensive list of resources and tips.


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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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Professional Learning is Key--If It's Done Right

Specific conditions make a difference in whether professional learning is effective for teachers and school staff. In a new review of research, Learning Forward shows how, when these conditions are met, professional development helps 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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