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NSBA calls on federal government to provide resources to allow local schools to boost safety measures, including mental health resources

As the academic year begins, students and their families may find themselves concerned about the safety of their schools. After 22 school shootings in the first half of 2018 alone, their worry is reasonable. The National School Boards Association believes that the federal government has a role to play in...

Specific conditions make a difference in whether professional learning is effective. Learning Forward shows how, when these conditions are met, student learning will improve

Sometimes it makes all the difference if you use the right definition and process. After decades of half-hearted federal support for professional development, there is now data to support the investment in teachers and administrators. The new analysis was presented during a Congressional briefing late last month by Learning Forward...

Working with local business and community leaders helps schools and the businesses better prepare students for their careers, plus it helps shore up crucial support for public education in the communities

Successful schools should engage families and communities in support of students, according to the Learning First Alliance’s Elements of Success: 10 Million Speak on Schools That Work . A solid body of research shows that involving families and community members in important roles improves student learning and development, as well...

Schools and businesses should collaborate to help the "forgotten half" of students who don't enroll in college find meaningful career paths

This article was originally published by Hobson's . For years, lack of detailed data correlating high school skills and experiences with workforce outcomes left policy advisors claiming the generic label ‘college and career readiness skills’ applied equally well to students’ readiness for university and workplace opportunities, often leaving students, families,...

The Apprenticeship School is an education program, based on the ancient craft of shipbuilding, now on the cutting edge of technology

On a recent August day, members of the Learning First Alliance visited the Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) to see firsthand how this institution trains its students for high-tech, high-skilled jobs in its vast manufacturing facility. It was enlightening. The apprenticeship program has been in place since 1919...

Annual PDK Poll shows vast majority of parents want higher salaries for teachers and support their right to strike, but majority do not want their children to enter the field

We should be worried. While report after report has declared that school improvement is hinged on the teacher, we now have proof that we need to do more to focus on the teachers we have, and the future pipeline of teachers. But we also see that our public school teachers...

African Americans still continue to fight for equity, even after the landmark Brown v Board decision

The African Americans’ fight for equality in education is often associated with the 1954 landmark case of Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, KS . It has been considered one of the most compelling cases of the Supreme Court of the 20th century. The court unanimously decided that...

Teachers need clear guidance and effective training to intervene and notify other professionals to help keep students and schools safe

In the Elements of Success , the members of the Learning First Alliance present an integrated, profession-wide view that educating the total child includes social-emotional learning (SEL). The challenge is, how to integrate the SEL into an already full program? It’s important to note that a wide range of educators...

Teachers and communities need strategies and resources to successfully incorporate social emotional learning into the day-to-day workings of schools

In Elements of Success , a wide range of educators agree that social-emotional learning (SEL) strategies should be integrated into any curriculum to educate the total child. The challenge is, how to integrate SEL into an already full school day. The members of the Learning First Alliance support having the...

Ways to help students survive and thrive in the middle school years may lie in the 4 C’s: collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity

The middle school years can be among the toughest for teachers, administrators, and students themselves. In my work across the country helping school systems create professional learning opportunities that help transform teaching and learning, I’ve had the opportunity to see innovative school districts create support systems that are improving the...