LFA Updates

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...

Schools use STEM-based lessons to explore issues such as plastics recycling and solar energy.

As Discovery Education’s Director of Global STEM Initiatives, I’ve had the unique opportunity to travel the world and see literally hundreds of examples of school systems implementing powerful STEM education programs. In talking with school leaders about their initiatives, one common refrain I’ve heard is that students need to witness...

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...

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...

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...

A compendium of research and best practices from organizations representing 10 million educators, parents, and policymakers will help build strong, thriving public schools Alexandria, Va. (January 23, 2018) – Educators know what works in successful public schools. For the first time, a dozen major education organizations have pulled together their...

Superintendents see system with small schools and small class sizes where students learn high-level skills and focus on pathways to college and careers

Note: AASA, the School Superintendents Association, led a delegation to visit Scotland's public and private schools last month to learn about the country's education system and find good practices that could be replicated in the United States. The blogs below are a summary of one superintendent's experience. Traveling to Scotland...

American School Board Journal chose six school districts that exemplify innovation and reform, then presents these districts' stories through words, videos, photos and infographics. These stories and many others offer proof: There are no ordinary public schools, and there is no ordinary day in public schools.

When you ask a school principal why she chose a career in education—and she tears up as she tries to answer—you get a hint that you’re talking to an educator who cares about her students. Earlier this year, I spoke to just such a principal: Nancy Chave, who helped found...

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...