LFA Updates

LFA members offer guidance for a wide array of educators and parents who are dealing with students' questions, anxiety, and anger

The political events and images of rioters storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 reached schools and homes across the nation and beyond. Several members of the Learning First Alliance are posting statements and resources regarding the riots to help school leaders, teachers and specialists work with their 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 and educators...

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...

The proliferation of cell phones, social media, and interactive video games has made efforts to curb cyberbullying much harder. The father of a 13-year-old who committed suicide gives tactics to manage these dangers.

This is the second part of a two-part blog series on suicide prevention and cyberbullying resources for parents and educators. Read the first part here. John Halligan has spoken with many parents of children who committed suicide, and has found one common trait: Each child was described as “very sensitive.”...

A father shares the lessons he learned about children's and teens' mental health, and how their use of cell phones, social media, and other outlets impacts their thinking, after the suicide of his 13-year-old son

(Part one of a two-part series) After his 13-year-old son, Ryan, committed suicide, John Halligan became an advocate for suicide prevention in schools. And the first time he was asked to speak to students at a school near his home in Vermont, he agonized over what to say that would...

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 support...

In the aftermath of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, LFA organizations offer resources, sympathies, and calls to action

After the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14, surviving students quickly organized and called for better school safety measures and more gun control, and political debates began. Learning First Alliance members have spent recent days offering sympathies and help for educators and students who were...

The amount of bad news all around us today is overwhelming and can easily lead to fatigue, but the American Federation of Teachers' Share My Lesson has powerful and simple tips for teachers and students

By Julie Stern This post was originally published on the Share My Lesson website. Has anyone else been having trouble sleeping since the school shooting in Florida? Every single life lost before its time is a tragedy. For many of us, this one feels… different. Perhaps it’s the fact that...

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...

New commission at the Aspen Institute is looking to incorporate research on social-emotional skills and whole-child learning into K-12 schools

Parents, teachers, employers, and students want public education to focus on developing the whole child. The good news is, they have science and research on their side. That’s why the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development is charting a course that will re-envision success in our...