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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. Some were happy to see that their recommendations appeared in the report, others found fault with issues including arming teachers, lack of dedicated resources and funds, and calls to rescind discipline guidance. 

 

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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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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 recently co-hosted a webinar with Steven Spielberg, the Oscar-winning director of Schindler’s List, to discuss ways to use the movie to stand up to hatred and engage students in conversations around racism, antisemitism and other forms of hate.

 

 

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How Can a School Focus on the Total Child?

In our latest blog for AFT's Share My Lesson, Richard Long describes strategies of schools that succeed by focusing on meeting a wide range of students' needs. By paying attention to the small details and catching issues before they become a crisis, these schools are making a big difference in students' lives.

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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.