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When the Covid-19 pandemic shuttered movie theaters, the Japanese film industry pivoted. Here are some lessons schools can use from that experience.

By Matthew Woods In the past year, school systems took dramatic measures to maintain students’ continuity of learning. Transitions to digital learning that would have taken months or years happened in weeks. New and improved WiFi networks were created, procedures for feeding remote learners were established, and resources for improving...

Tutoring programs may become a necessity, but must use effective methods to rebuild students' learning loss experienced over the Covid-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has facilitated significant disruptions in student access to and retention of learning in the United States. The realities of decreased instruction time, the remote learning format, and limited opportunities for personalized interactions between teachers and students have created a recipe for “learning loss.” These risk factors are...

A new teacher reflects on the urgent need for getting students and school staff back to school safety and what resources they need for more effective teaching and learning

How do educators address the challenges inherent in teaching during a pandemic? This is a question I repeatedly asked myself as I began my student teaching experience in the fall of 2020. After careful reflection, I came to the conclusion that the following factors, from the policy level, would support...

New federal data shows many families have skipped routine vaccinations needed for school admissions during the Covid-19 pandemic

While schools have been focused on the instructional and safety issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic, a new challenge has emerged: Students have missed getting their regular vaccinations for measles, smallpox, and other diseases. These are mandatory vaccines needed to enroll and attend public and other schools. New data from...

LFA members offer guidance for a wide array of educators and parents who are dealing with students' questions, anxiety, and anger

The political events and images of rioters storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 reached schools and homes across the nation and beyond. Several members of the Learning First Alliance are posting statements and resources regarding the riots to help school leaders, teachers and specialists work with their schools...

As states and school districts reopen schools, LFA is compiling pertinent information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact on their students, staff and families for educators and parents.

Originally published March 2, 2020. Updated as needed. As schools reopen virtually and in person, school offiicals continue to grapple with a sudden and uncharted course to manage COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) outbreaks. LFA recently published a report, "Managing COVID-19 in School Buildings" with advice from school nurses, and will continue...

New administration should consider long-term strategies that will grow new leaders and effective programs

Transitions can be technical or aspirational, but they also need to be objective. Ninety percent of all students attend traditional public schools. Currently, many of those schools were underfunded even before the pandemic and current economic turmoil and being impacted by federal requirements that provide little in the way of...

Giving teachers and school staff priority access to vaccinations is critical to allowing schools to reopen, LFA writes.

The 11 member associations of the Learning First Alliance have asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to allow teachers and all school staff priority access to new vaccines for Covid-19. Such a move would allow schools to reopen more safely and help promote public confidence in a vaccine...

Teacher leaders play an important role in working with teachers and administrators and often have specific characteristics for the job

By Cathy Houchin According to Charlotte Danielson’s book Teacher Leadership That Strengthens Professional Practice, “The term teacher leadership refers to that set of skills demonstrated by teachers who continue to teach students but also have an influence that extends beyond their own classrooms to others within their own school and...

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues indefinitely, school leaders and educators are exhausted from the continuous challenges of the job.

The Covid-19 pandemic is wearing out our school leaders and educators, or perhaps, they are wearing themselves out. What has started as a crisis has become an ongoing set of challenges that is exhausting and frightening. Educational leaders are moving from one problem to the next, knowing well that there...