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LFA Executive Director urges Washington policymakers and educators to pay close attention to changes in the processes to change or dismantle federal education regulations

A key goal of the Trump administration is to reduce the number of federal regulations, as they believe that the federal government simply has become over-involved in local and state education decision making. This perception has a lot of support in the education community. However, after 53 years of implementing...

American School Board Journal chose six school districts that exemplify innovation and reform, then presents these districts' stories through words, videos, photos and infographics. These stories and many others offer proof: There are no ordinary public schools, and there is no ordinary day in public schools.

When you ask a school principal why she chose a career in education—and she tears up as she tries to answer—you get a hint that you’re talking to an educator who cares about her students. Earlier this year, I spoke to just such a principal: Nancy Chave, who helped found...

LFA's 2017-18 communications toolkit gives ideas for new ways to let parents and community members see "The Secret Life of Public Schools."

Now that our schools are hitting their stride for the school year, it’s a good time for school leaders and staff to evaluate their communications with parents and the community. Perhaps this is the year to try a new format, social media, or just add some new topics to your...

Resources show how educators can work with students who are showing signs of stress from recent events.

Reacting to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, several Learning First Alliance members are sharing their lessons and resources so that educators can better identify and meet the emotional needs of their students who are showing stress. Share My Lesson, the American Federation of Teachers’ website of lesson plans and...

Principals' organizations have designated October as the month to honor the work of their members.

By JoAnn Bartoletti, Executive Director, National Association of Secondary School Principals Celebrating the great things about your school is part of a principal's daily life. You celebrate your students' successes. You celebrate their failures. You celebrate your teachers. You celebrate a successful drama production or athletic season. Now we want...

Most books that some have deemed offensive and want banned are young adult novels or children's books, and new list shows concerning trends in number of challenges and types of books targeted

This week is Banned Books Week, designed to be a celebration of our rights to read and our right to choose what to read. There’s been a lot more discussion about the First Amendment and rights to free speech in the U.S. lately, and generally that’s a good thing. But...

The Cypress-Fairbanks district's chief technology officer discusses how resources from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) helped her district built a technology infrastructure that withstood Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc across Southeast Texas due to the worst natural flooding disaster in history, almost 200 school districts canceled or delayed schools. This placed an inordinate amount of pressure on education technology leaders as they are responsible for every aspect of school district operations that make schools...

Studies find that highly effective teachers may be concentrated in grades with the most high-stakes testing

A new study released last month raises potential concerns about the ways in which teacher assignment decisions may impact student achievement. The study, which included data from the Miami-Dade County Public School district between 2003-2012, examined whether less-effective teachers were assigned to untested grades, and how those assignments affect students’...

An analysis by the Center for Public Education shows that public school districts offer more educational and extracurricular options for students than their private school counterparts.

For all the talk in Washington and state capitols about the need for school choice, a new report from the Center for Public Education has made the case that public schools actually offer the most educational options for students. The new report found “an abundance of choice” in public schools,...

New commission at the Aspen Institute is looking to incorporate research on social-emotional skills and whole-child learning into K-12 schools

Parents, teachers, employers, and students want public education to focus on developing the whole child. The good news is, they have science and research on their side. That’s why the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development is charting a course that will re-envision success in our...