LFA Updates

Tutoring programs may become a necessity, but must use effective methods to rebuild students' learning loss experienced over the Covid-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has facilitated significant disruptions in student access to and retention of learning in the United States. The realities of decreased instruction time, the remote learning format, and limited opportunities for personalized interactions between teachers and students have created a recipe for “learning loss.” These risk factors are...

A new teacher reflects on the urgent need for getting students and school staff back to school safety and what resources they need for more effective teaching and learning

How do educators address the challenges inherent in teaching during a pandemic? This is a question I repeatedly asked myself as I began my student teaching experience in the fall of 2020. After careful reflection, I came to the conclusion that the following factors, from the policy level, would support...

Teacher leaders play an important role in working with teachers and administrators and often have specific characteristics for the job

By Cathy Houchin According to Charlotte Danielson’s book Teacher Leadership That Strengthens Professional Practice, “The term teacher leadership refers to that set of skills demonstrated by teachers who continue to teach students but also have an influence that extends beyond their own classrooms to others within their own school and...

A teacher surmises that educators need to rethink science instruction to help stoke students' curiosity and prepare them to use their knowledge 

By Ted Willard, Discovery Education At some stage in every teacher’s life, they reach a point when they feel like they should write a letter of apology to the students they taught early in their career, and I am no different. I can remember how, in my first few years...

"We now have a unique opportunity to build a system that is more responsive and in line with student and staff needs."

By L. Earl Franks and Richard M. Long This blog was originally published by the American Psychiatric Association Foundation. Public schools are facing their biggest challenge: Educating students during a worldwide health pandemic. Public schools have always strived to be a safe haven for all students, a shelter for our...

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...

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...

The News Literacy Project gives valuable advice on how to teach students and others to distinguish between fake and real news

By Peter Adams This commentary originally appeared in The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., and is republished with permission We’ve become so accustomed to frequently and easily accessing information on-demand — from more sources and in more forms than at any other time in history — that it’s easy to...

Most books that some have deemed offensive and want banned are young adult novels or children's books, and new list shows concerning trends in number of challenges and types of books targeted

This week is Banned Books Week, designed to be a celebration of our rights to read and our right to choose what to read. There’s been a lot more discussion about the First Amendment and rights to free speech in the U.S. lately, and generally that’s a good thing. But...

By Brad Gustafson You might be thinking, "I don't have time to write a grant" or maybe even "How can a single-sentence lead to anything meaningful?" The fact remains, we’re asking educators to make some really important pedagogical changes, but we have not changed how we think about school finance...