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As states and school districts begin to discuss plans for reopening 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. School districts across the country are using online learning as they grapple with a sudden and uncharted course to respond to COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus). Currently, nearly all of U.S. schools are closed, but are making plans on when and how to reopen...

The COVID-19 pandemic could bring a new purpose for an old concept in delivering education services

An intermediate school unit (sometimes called Education Service Agencies) works with local school districts to coordinate and collaborate shared services to benefit students. These agencies present an opportunity for schools that need to share resources – such as professional development, apprenticeship programs, and mental health services. As school districts deal...

In his new book, veteran policy analyst Jack Jennings shows how federal initiatives have missed the critical issues in K-12 education and society

Jack Jennings is legendary in K-12 education policy. He spent more than 50 years in Washington—divided between serving as the head staffer on the House Education and Labor Committee and founder of the Center on Education Policy. As a young federal reporter at Education Week in the 1990s, Jack was...

Education associations can play a key role in how and when to reopen schools during the COVID-19 pandemic

The schools we know well--classrooms teeming with learning and discovery, lunch breaks, sports and extracurricular activities--now seem like the distant past. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into the annual back-to-school season, school leaders have ventured into the uncharted territory of providing digital learning to all students and now must figure...

The COVID-19 crisis has given public schools new opportunities to rethink learning

For many years, people have discussed doing school differently. Educators can see how the world has changed—and with it, the needs of our students. This is evident not only in so much of what we see on a daily basis in our classrooms, but also from numerous studies related to...

Using a rubric can help educators make critical decisions about when and how to reopen schools.

It’s an understatement to say that we’re living at a time of uncertainty. Public education is a large endeavor: While we have 50.8 million students in traditional public schools, we also have 14,000 school districts, many communities, and families who all have different needs. Yet all want to know, what...

The National PTA has advice for parents and its local leaders on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the impact on their children and schools

The outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a rapidly evolving public health situation. State and local PTAs must follow the direction and guidance of their respective health and education departments. In order to assist and support the most vulnerable children and families, PTAs should reach out to their local school districts...

Implementing social-emotional strategies is important, but hard to do when there is little support. Teachers may have to build their own manuals, calling on the expertise of others, to help some students and groups.

Ever notice that the kids don’t come with instructions? We say that as parents, but I also was told that joke as I became a counselor for students with social and emotional challenges. I once was asked to work with four middle school boys who were not interacting well with...

Have your parents and community join the celebration for Public Schools Week 2020 in February

Public Schools Week 2020 is hosted by the Learning First Alliance (LFA) to remind our communities about the importance of public schools and the integral role public education plays in providing for the future of our students, ourselves, and our country. Our third annual event will be held Feb. 24-28...

Public schools have been improving for more than 50 years--a new infographic shows the vital stats

In the past 50 years, public schools have seen graduation rates have gone up while standards have been improved, the demand for higher-level skills has skyrocketed and the challenges have only gotten more profound. The National Superintendents Roundtable and the Horace Mann League released this infographic, "Giving Schools an Honest...