LFA Updates

Although widespread inequities in funding and other resources threaten progress toward providing all students access to an excellent education, AACTE and its members and partners won’t ever give up on that pursuit.

By Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE President & CEO This year marks the 70th anniversary of AACTE’s founding. Created in 1948 as an alliance to boost the quality of teachers being prepared for the country’s growing public school system, our association remains steadfastly focused on the democratic ideal of providing all...

New research from Learning Forward offers insights that support implementation of technology initiatives that improve teacher practice.

By Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director, Learning Forward Every week, it seems, there are enticing new technology tools developed for educators, schools, and school systems. What is it that leads teachers to use such resources? Learning Forward recently concluded a study to understand the factors that drive teachers to embrace --...

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...

Veteran civil rights advocate discusses need for more diverse teaching field, efforts to boost educator quality, and next steps for her work and Learning First Alliance organizations

Sharon Robinson recently retired as president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), but she’s planning to continue the work that has defined her career. Robinson has been a staunch advocate for professionalization of the teaching field and has pushed for policies that would enhance...
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, held May 8-12, 2017, National PTA President Laura Bay and National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García penned this letter to our teachers and school staff who work tirelessly each day on behalf of our nation's students. For more information about Teacher Appreciation Week,...
“Pedagogy matters.” Rod Lucero, a vice president with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education , makes a common sense point: Just because someone is a great mathematician doesn’t mean they can teach. LFA recently reported on recent research on the educator pipeline , which finds that fewer candidates...
The Learning First Alliance recently published a report on The Educator Pipeline , looking at recruitment and retention of teachers, principals and administrators. The report found that there are growing shortages of qualified school staff, and that many in the field are taking on responsibilities with inadequate preparation, are overwhelmed,...
We’ve been talking about a looming teacher shortage and recruitment and retention issues for decades. So what’s happening now and how is this different from years past? LFA has published “The Educator Shortage: Turnover, Fewer Applicants Will Impact Student Achievement” to round up some of the most pressing issues in...
Concerned about retention and recruitment of teachers, principals, and administrators, Learning First Alliance members are looking to build stronger pipelines and supports for these critical roles in student achievement. Learn more in our special report, The Educator Pipeline , about the challenges each profession faces in ensuring students have well-qualified...
Earlier this month, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced the finalists for the 2017 Women in School Leadership Awards . Co-sponsored by AASA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, these awards are designed to recognize leading female administrators who are making a positive difference for their respective communities as...