LFA Updates

Working with local business and community leaders helps schools and the businesses better prepare students for their careers, plus it helps shore up crucial support for public education in the communities

Successful schools should engage families and communities in support of students, according to the Learning First Alliance’s Elements of Success: 10 Million Speak on Schools That Work . A solid body of research shows that involving families and community members in important roles improves student learning and development, as well...

Schools and businesses should collaborate to help the "forgotten half" of students who don't enroll in college find meaningful career paths

This article was originally published by Hobson's . For years, lack of detailed data correlating high school skills and experiences with workforce outcomes left policy advisors claiming the generic label ‘college and career readiness skills’ applied equally well to students’ readiness for university and workplace opportunities, often leaving students, families,...
Contact: Richard Long, Learning First Alliance longr@learningfirst.org/ (703) 738-9081 Alexandria, Va. (Sept. 6, 2018) – Schools and businesses have common and often compatible goals to better prepare their students for higher education, careers, and life. The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a coalition of 12 major national education organizations, and business...
Contact: Richard Long, Learning First Alliance longr@learningfirst.org/ (703) 909-1854 Newport News, Va. (August 31, 2018) -- Members of the Learning First Alliance and colleagues from the business community visited Newport News’ Shipbuilding’s Apprentice School earlier this month to learn more about the school’s apprenticeship program and the potential of offering...

The Apprenticeship School is an education program, based on the ancient craft of shipbuilding, now on the cutting edge of technology

On a recent August day, members of the Learning First Alliance visited the Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) to see firsthand how this institution trains its students for high-tech, high-skilled jobs in its vast manufacturing facility. It was enlightening. The apprenticeship program has been in place since 1919...

As more low-level work is automated, schools will need to graduate students with higher-level skills to manage new technologies

With the coming of the Digital Age, companies are embracing the emerging “no-collar” workforce trend by redesigning jobs and imagining how work gets done in a hybrid human-and-machine environment as reported by Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report. The rise of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) may require companies to...

Cuba’s education system. Resources to address race-based violence. Policies to send public money to private schools. These were the topics of the Learning First Alliance’s most viewed blog posts of 2017.

Each year we at LFA compile our most popular blog posts, determined by unique pageviews in Google Analytics. As always, in addition to covering a wide range of topics, this list reflects the contributions of a number of the leading education associations representing the local practitioners, parents and policymakers working...

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....