LFA Updates

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...

African Americans still continue to fight for equity, even after the landmark Brown v Board decision

The African Americans’ fight for equality in education is often associated with the 1954 landmark case of Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, KS . It has been considered one of the most compelling cases of the Supreme Court of the 20th century. The court unanimously decided that...

School discipline is moving in the right direction, but persistent inequities start early

By Patte Barth, Director of the Center for Public Education at the National School Boards Association Educators are doing something right inside our public school buildings. While it’s not often reported, indicators of disciplinary problems have been showing steady declines in recent decades, including for such serious infractions as gang...

Teacher preparation programs must incorporate lessons about school shootings into their programs.

As America struggles to recover from the recent school shootings in Parkland, Florida, where 17 lives were tragically and unexpectedly cut short, we find ourselves embroiled in the same responses that surface after all mass shootings. Vigils, memorials, and protests abound across our nation to try to make sense of...

In the wake of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, education leadership organizations like NASSP are supporting a holistic approach to violence intervention and prevention.

By Greg Waples, Senior Manager of State Engagement and Outreach at NASSP Just over three weeks ago, we watched in horror as one of the worst school shootings in American history unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida—17 students and educators were killed and another 14 were...

In the aftermath of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, LFA organizations offer resources, sympathies, and calls to action

After the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14, surviving students quickly organized and called for better school safety measures and more gun control, and political debates began. Learning First Alliance members have spent recent days offering sympathies and help for educators and students who were...

Former First Lady Michelle Obama reminds us of the important role that school counselors and other educators play every day in fostering civil discourse.

How does one begin a discussion on the strength of our society—one that is becoming more important with each passing day? The erosion of civil discourse has presented a new normal, with the continued use, by political and government leaders, of increasingly vulgar terms to describe those who disagree with...

New compendium identifies successful schools by bringing together common elements and interactions from 12 groups representing educators, policymakers, and parents

The research and best practices behind Learning First Alliance’s new compendium, “The Elements of Success: 10 Million Speak on Schools That Work,” are not necessarily new. But what is unique in this report is how the six major elements fit together into the concepts of consensus and interaction. First, consensus;...

Resources aim to help educators and parents answer questions and assure students' safety after race-based violence in Virginia

Several Learning First Alliance member organizations have resources to help teachers and other educators deal with students’ questions on the race-based violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has a ssembled lessons and resources to help address the events in Charlottesville with students....
Editor’s note: Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA, the School Superintendents Association, led a delegation of educators to study the education system in his native country of Cuba last month. Following are his reports on the Cuban system of education. A Look at the Educational Structure in Cuba Havana –...