Learning First Alliance

Strengthening public schools for every child

Welcome

The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of leading education organizations representing more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools. We share examples of success, encourage collaboration at every level, and work toward the continual and long-term improvement of public education based on solid research.

What's New on Public School Insights

Nearly four decades ago, I encouraged members of Congress to vote for a separate cabinet-level Department of Education.  Those working to establish the department felt that its visibility would improve the public discourse on education and lead...  Read More >
What if students planned their own out-of-class work? I often wonder at the amount of time a teacher can devote to entering zeroes in to a grade book, day after day. Johnny never does his homework. Parents are called. Parents are told he will get...  Read More >
The Learning First Alliance is joining with EdReports.org and educators at the state and local level for a behind-the-scenes discussion about the importance of aligning instructional materials to college- and career-ready standards. As part of a...  Read More >
Having health insurance makes a huge difference for children in school. Schools can make a huge difference by identifying uninsured students and connecting them to health insurance. The key is asking a simple question on school enrollment forms: "...  Read More >
People with difficult or annoying traits are everywhere. But the stakes are high in education: Managing – or even just working with – difficult people can drain even the most positive educators and take focus away from a school’s mission. Veteran...  Read More >
Stephanie Johnson and Diane Watkins have a combined seven decades of experience as teachers, principals and school administrators, where they learned to deal with many difficult personalities at all levels. Dr. Johnson (below), an assistant...  Read More >