Six Lessons from the Elements of Success

By Joetta Sack-Min

In 2018, LFA worked with the American Federation of Teachers' Share My Lesson resource to show educators how to apply the Elements of Success in their classrooms

The Learning First Alliance, which collectively represents 10 million educators, parents and school board members through our 12 member associations, unveiled its groundbreaking “Elements of Success: 10 Million Speak on Schools that Work” in January 2018. The report was designed as a compendium of best practices for schools and educators, as our research found that many organizations were promoting the same tactics and strategies to improve schools.

Each element is separate, yet the six are intrinsically linked and all are needed for a school to succeed. Over the past year, we have delved into each of the elements: Focus on the Total Child; Commitment to Equity and Access; Family and Community Engagement; Distributed Leadership; Strong, Supported Teaching Force and Staff; and Relationship-Oriented School Climate.

We worked with the American Federation of Teachers’ Share My Lesson blog to bring the elements to life through real examples and practical tips for educators. Here are six of the blogs from 2018, and be sure to subscribe to Share My Lesson to see more from LFA and other educators in 2019.

Reflecting on Your Practice: Six Elements to Consider (May 14, 2018, AFT’s No. 12 Blog of 2018)

Five Tips to Ease the Digital Divide and Promote Equity (June 11, 2018)

Knee-to-Knee Conflict Resolution: Success Starts with Support for Teachers (July 24, 2018)

Strong Professional Development is Critical for Retaining Teachers (Aug. 21, 2018)

Beyond the School Fundraisers: Finding Meaningful Opportunities for Family and Community Engagement (October 5, 2018)

Distributed Leadership Empowers School Staff (Nov. 20, 2018)


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