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...

"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...

Education associations can play a key role in how and when to reopen schools during the COVID-19 pandemic

The schools we know well--classrooms teeming with learning and discovery, lunch breaks, sports and extracurricular activities--now seem like the distant past. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into the annual back-to-school season, school leaders have ventured into the uncharted territory of providing digital learning to all students and now must figure...

The COVID-19 crisis has given public schools new opportunities to rethink learning

For many years, people have discussed doing school differently. Educators can see how the world has changed—and with it, the needs of our students. This is evident not only in so much of what we see on a daily basis in our classrooms, but also from numerous studies related to...

Using a rubric can help educators make critical decisions about when and how to reopen schools.

It’s an understatement to say that we’re living at a time of uncertainty. Public education is a large endeavor: While we have 50.8 million students in traditional public schools, we also have 14,000 school districts, many communities, and families who all have different needs. Yet all want to know, what...

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...

An assistant principal shows the criteria he uses to help make--and explain--the best decisions for his school

Being a leader means that you have to make decisions, and in my five years as an assistant principal, I have gradually come to accept the fact that not everyone is going to like the decisions that I have to make. Here is my story in a nutshell along with...

Specific conditions make a difference in whether professional learning is effective. Learning Forward shows how, when these conditions are met, student learning will improve

Sometimes it makes all the difference if you use the right definition and process. After decades of half-hearted federal support for professional development, there is now data to support the investment in teachers and administrators. The new analysis was presented during a Congressional briefing late last month by Learning Forward...

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...

Assistant Principals are often the unsung heroes of a school.

By Emily Sturchio, Professional Learning Associate at NASSP In working with a number of assistant principals both as a high school teacher and as an associate for the NASSP professional learning team, I can tell you that APs are often the unsung heroes of a school. It is our nation’s...