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Ideas to Build Strong, Successful Partnerships with Businesses 

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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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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Reflecting on Your Practice

The American Federation of Teachers hosts "Share My Lesson," a resource for teachers to share ideas and lesson plans. In the latest LFA/Share My Lesson blog, LFA's Richard Long discusses why strong professional development is critical for retaining a strong teaching force. 

 

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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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