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LFA director discusses ways new poll results can be used at the federal, state and local levels

The annual Phi Delta Kappa International poll gives policymakers a valuable tool: Reliable data on teachers, one of the most critical parts of the education equation. The question is, how should this tool now be used? The title, Frustration in the Schools: Teachers speak out on pay, funding, and feeling...

Schools use STEM-based lessons to explore issues such as plastics recycling and solar energy.

As Discovery Education’s Director of Global STEM Initiatives, I’ve had the unique opportunity to travel the world and see literally hundreds of examples of school systems implementing powerful STEM education programs. In talking with school leaders about their initiatives, one common refrain I’ve heard is that students need to witness...

Commentary: Businesses and K-12 schools should come together to help students graduate with skills and experience to take on a growing sector of "new collar" jobs

Employers are now looking for a variety of talents, skills and personality traits in job candidates. These attributes need to be developed at each level of education, whether it is for traditional professional-level jobs or blue-collar jobs. But even this division is changing. In the manufacturing community, we are looking...

A new study finds eight common elements of successful STEM schools

By Cindy Moss Vice President of Global STEM Initiatives, Discovery Education It’s no secret that today’s educators are focused on tomorrow. Given the rapid changes in the workforce, it is incumbent on teachers and administrators to prepare students for the unknown careers of the future. But how do you prepare...

Public Schools Week 2019 shows it's time to bring back the concept of the public good

We need to make considering the common good a priority in our school communities. We seem to be drifting to the idea that what’s good for me is much more important than what’s good for our entire community . A quick example is the anti-vaccination movement. It’s baffling that we...

Public schools have helped build our nation, and we must now focus on improving public education for all students

Our nation needs good public schools. For families, public education is the tool to ensure their children’s future; for businesses, to have the talent that they need to grow; and for communities, a means to come together to shape the future. And for your community to have good public schools,...

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...

Federal commission releases long-awaited report that most groups said does not go far enough to curb school violent and address mental health needs.

Member organizations of the Learning First Alliance found both praise and criticism for the long-awaited federal Commission on School Safety report released on December 18, 2018. The 177-page report included many recommendations advocated by LFA members, including a federal clearinghouse of information, support for school counselors, improved access to school-based...

On the 25th Anniversary of Schindler's List, legendary director discusses the importance of storytelling and ways teachers can use the film and other resources to guide students away from Anti-Semitism and other forms of hate

It's been 25 years since Steven Spielberg released the groundbreaking film “Schindler’s List,” bringing new life to one remarkable story of the Holocaust. With Anti-Semitism incidents on the rise, the American Federation of Teachers and Facing History and Ourselves recently called on teachers to use the film to help instill...

An assistant principal shows the criteria he uses to help make--and explain--the best decisions for his school

Being a leader means that you have to make decisions, and in my five years as an assistant principal, I have gradually come to accept the fact that not everyone is going to like the decisions that I have to make. Here is my story in a nutshell along with...