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With some schools across the country becoming more segregated, we can learn much from Morris School District (NJ), where the community is committed to school integration.

“I am all for school diversity, but not when my kid has to take the bus across town.” This comment was made during the ongoing middle school boundary debate in my community. It reminded me of findings on school diversity from this year’s PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward...

Members of CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) recently traveled to New Zealand to learn about its highly regarded, forward-looking education system

CoSN recently led a delegation of senior-level school technology specialists and educators to explore schools, examine policies, and meet with government officials in New Zealand. The South Pacific country was recently identified by The Economist’s Worldwide Educating for the Future Index as a “Best in Class Overall” nation for providing...

LFA Executive Director Richard Long discusses ways educators can help their colleagues who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes, wildfires, and Las Vegas shootings, and help prepare for the next disaster that may hit home.

Richard Long will appear on Education Talk Radio on Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. EDT to discuss disaster relief and efforts by LFA member associations. Listen to the podcast at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/edutalk/2017/11/01/the-education-community… . We have all been hearing about disasters striking parts of the US, disasters that seem to be growing...

“No one is immune,” says Pennsylvania superintendent who has dealt with impact of drug addiction both in his schools and firsthand.

Opioid addiction is frightening on many fronts: That a person can become addicted almost immediately, the relative ease of access to prescription painkillers and nonprescription synthetics, the fact that this epidemic of addiction knows no boundaries in age or demographics. Simply put, nearly anyone can become addicted—and their lives can...

The "great conversation" needs to take place now in schools and school districts, and educators must transform the dialogue

Horace Mann, educator, politician, and the first great American advocate of public education, stated, “Education ... beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of the conditions of men—the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” My experience affirms Mann’s declaration: I believe in public education; I am a...

All-new educator and family toolkits from Discovery Education support students who may experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after natural disasters

Natural disasters can cause massive destruction, and the loss of life and property. Although families, educators, and communities immediately begin the hard work of restoring their homes, schools, and businesses, many children continue to struggle with feelings of insecurity and loss. Some of them may even develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder...

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...