LFA Updates

New surveys find significant challenges related to technology, ransomware and connectivity as schools reopen and resume operations

Three reports recently shared with the education community found strong support for public education, but schools are facing unprecedented demands in areas of learning loss, use of technology and connectivity, and cybersecurity. One survey that was conducted by the National School Boards Action Center (NSBAC) was designed to provide information...

The K-12 system is failing to educate students about American democracy, civics, and history education

By Ace Parsi and Tom Gentzel The frog in the pot of warming water does not jump until it’s too late. These days, the saying feels particularly applicable to the health of our democracy. Years ago, it would have been shocking to consider arson and insurrection as new norms in...

When the Covid-19 pandemic shuttered movie theaters, the Japanese film industry pivoted. Here are some lessons schools can use from that experience.

By Matthew Woods In the past year, school systems took dramatic measures to maintain students’ continuity of learning. Transitions to digital learning that would have taken months or years happened in weeks. New and improved WiFi networks were created, procedures for feeding remote learners were established, and resources for improving...

Public Schools Week 2021 marks new strategies for teaching and learning Alexandria, Va. — The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged public schools and their communities in many ways. But educators have continued working tirelessly for the best interest of all of our students, keeping them safe, learning, and growing, one student...

New administration should consider long-term strategies that will grow new leaders and effective programs

Transitions can be technical or aspirational, but they also need to be objective. Ninety percent of all students attend traditional public schools. Currently, many of those schools were underfunded even before the pandemic and current economic turmoil and being impacted by federal requirements that provide little in the way of...

The Learning First Alliance will bring together exemplary educators and parents who serve in a wide range of roles in public schools to discuss the pursuit of excellence in all public schools and how lawmakers and communities can support public education. The panel will be held Feb. 26, 2020, from...

Have your parents and community join the celebration for Public Schools Week 2020 in February

Public Schools Week 2020 is hosted by the Learning First Alliance (LFA) to remind our communities about the importance of public schools and the integral role public education plays in providing for the future of our students, ourselves, and our country. Our third annual event will be held Feb. 24-28...

Public schools have been improving for more than 50 years--a new infographic shows the vital stats

In the past 50 years, public schools have seen graduation rates have gone up while standards have been improved, the demand for higher-level skills has skyrocketed and the challenges have only gotten more profound. The National Superintendents Roundtable and the Horace Mann League released this infographic, "Giving Schools an Honest...

LFA director discusses ways new poll results can be used at the federal, state and local levels

The annual Phi Delta Kappa International poll gives policymakers a valuable tool: Reliable data on teachers, one of the most critical parts of the education equation. The question is, how should this tool now be used? The title, Frustration in the Schools: Teachers speak out on pay, funding, and feeling...

New videos from the Learning First Alliance show six exemplary public schools across the country that are making a difference for students and their communities Alexandria, VA (March 25, 2019) -- The Learning First Alliance (LFA) and thousands of partner groups and educators across the country are hosting Public Schools...