LFA Updates

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...

Helping students learn to read and comprehend complex texts, think critically about what they read, and synthesize information from multiple sources is one of the most crucial things schools do. How do we support students to achieve that level of literacy and finish high school ready for work or college...

Expanding instructional time to help boost student performance and improve low-performing schools has been at the forefront of many reform efforts over the past five years. Former education secretary Arne Duncan was a strong advocate for “more and better learning time,” and saw it as a way to help level...

School districts are spending a lot of money and time to determine whether curricular resources are actually aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or other college- and career-ready standards (CCRS). EdReports.org, an independent nonprofit formed last year, is working with educators across the country to provide a new...

What if students planned their own out-of-class work? I often wonder at the amount of time a teacher can devote to entering zeroes in to a grade book, day after day. Johnny never does his homework. Parents are called. Parents are told he will get detention. He appears day after...

Using technology in meaningful ways is as essential to today’s teaching and learning as reading, writing, and arithmetic. Stakeholders from around Baltimore County understood this urgency and prioritized graduating every student globally competitive in our Blueprint 2.0 strategic plan. Our theory of action leverages technology in two ways—through equitable access...