LFA Updates

Demand is growing for a strong STEM workforce. How can educators prepare today’s learners for tomorrow’s careers?

Many of the most valuable jobs of tomorrow depend on STEM education happening in today’s classrooms. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million IT jobs available but only 400,000 computer science graduates with the required skills to fill the positions. Companies...

Statements and analyses by members of the Learning First Alliance find support for job training and CTE alongside high-level academic courses, and less support for taxpayer-funded vouchers

Phi Delta Kappa International released its 2017 PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools this week, finding strong support for preparing students for jobs and careers and support for interpersonal and communications skills. “Americans overwhelmingly want schools to do more than educate students in academic subjects,” according...

The public has demanding expectations for its schools. The strategies dominating education policy conversations won't meet them.

The 49 th annual PDK Poll of the Public Attitudes Toward the Public Schools reveals a public that defines the quality of education beyond the 3R’s of a bygone age. And certainly, despite much of the rhetoric at the national level, they don’t see issues as simply as private vs....

The ability to adapt to changes is the most important skill we can give our students, meaning educators need to instill a drive for curiosity and lifelong learning, education technology experts say.

Imagine a world where parents can genetically design and modify their own children. Think it’s far-fetched? The cost of sequencing our personal genome is dropping, and genome editing technologies are growing more accessible. It could become a reality within the next decade or so. “Do we want our kids to...

Pennsylvania report spotlights the importance of community college to building a strong workforce.

A recent ReadyNation event in Pennsylvania highlighted the unique role of community colleges in keeping state and national economies strong, while also demonstrating the power of partnerships between the business and educational communities.
There were 6 million open jobs in the United States in April, a record high, according to data released by the Labor Department. It comes at a time when 6.8 million unemployed Americans are looking for a job. Eighty percent of manufacturing executives reported they are willing to pay more...
By Thomas J. Gentzel and Glenn Marshall In just three years, the gap between trained workers and job openings could threaten our nation’s economic security, reduce individual prosperity and create larger income gaps, if a 2020 forecast by the Bureau of Labor Statistics comes to fruition. This is a cause...
Apprenticeships are one of the oldest forms of job training and are quite common in Europe. Yet the education community in the United States has given them scant attention, even as we have focused on college-and career-readiness for all students, and policymakers and educators need to take a fresh look....
By Rebecca Sterling The US is struggling with a significant gap between employers' expectations and young adults' skills sets. Recent data shows that: By 2020, 65 percent of jobs in America will require postsecondary education—which only 60 percent of Americans currently have. That leaves a gap of 5 million jobs....
Preparing students for successful futures has long been championed as one of the most pivotal roles for educators and parents alike; that is, after all, the purpose of education. We are now beginning to recognize, however, that preparing young people for successful futures looks much different today than it did...