LFA Updates

Parent and education advocate Nathan Monell, executive director of the National PTA, reflects on his emotions in the wake of one of the worst school shootings in history.

By Nathan Monell, Executive Director, National PTA GRIEF. My heart is heavy with GRIEF and anger over the all-too-common school shootings that cause families to experience unbearable loss and tear our communities apart. The recent shooting in our own PTSA school in Parkland, Fla. brought it close to home once...

New study reveals a promising strategy to address the implicit biases that can hinder student achievement.

I’ve long been a fan of the Parent-Teacher Home Visit Project and their model for home visits (see, for example, a post I wrote for Edutopia highlighting it back in 2015). This model, developed by parents and teachers, includes a structured opportunity for teachers to visit the families of students...

The "great conversation" needs to take place now in schools and school districts, and educators must transform the dialogue

Horace Mann, educator, politician, and the first great American advocate of public education, stated, “Education ... beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of the conditions of men—the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” My experience affirms Mann’s declaration: I believe in public education; I am a...

"The national debate about control is a waste of time and resources. Turning over taxpayer funds and public resources to private providers will not create the solutions we need to bring all schools up to the levels we need them to be."

When people look at a school building, what do they see? Why do some people think education, while others seem to be thinking about who controls it? I recently attended several presentations by conservative thinkers on vouchers, school choice, tuition tax credits, and education savings accounts. While each speaker listed...

Every year during summer break, too many children lose more than baby teeth, frisbees and beach toys. They lose two to three months of progress in reading and math skills. This is what is known as the “summer slide.” And these losses add up. By fifth grade, summer learning loss...

Matthew Utterback took the leadership of the North Clackamas (Ore.) school district in the midst of a financial crisis: the state was in a deep recession and budget cuts had forced the school system to lay off about a quarter of its teaching staff. Utterback, who was principal of the...

This article was originally published on ISTE’s EdTekHub. Sign up to get articles like this one delivered to your inbox at iste.org/subscribe. Most of us can probably remember facing a few challenges in middle and high school — both academic and social. But can you imagine how it would be...

With the transition to a new presidential administration, change abounds in the federal education policy world. As we await action from a new Secretary of Education, we’ve also seen President Trump issue an executive order pausing the accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), followed by a move...

Alexandria, Va. – Oct. 26, 2016 – Governors and state education officials can provide direction to empower local leaders by supporting a collaborative decision making system that brings a new relationship between policy and practice, according to "A New Philosophy on Education Decision-Making," a report released today by the Learning...

Let’s face it—classrooms are very different today than when most of us were in school. Smart boards have replaced chalkboards and projectors. Computers, tablets and smartphones are increasingly being used instead of paper, pencils and books.Technology and the internet have created countless new opportunities for education. Children like yours and...