Learning First Alliance

Strengthening public schools for every child


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.

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Colonial School District straddles the boundary where suburban Wilmington gives way to Delaware’s rural eastern shore. Its one high school, William Penn, serves a racially diverse population, about 40 percent of whom come from low-income families....  Read More >
For the first time, the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recognizes the expertise that educators can bring to the policymaking process and calls for collaboration by practitioners and policymakers – but it gives few details on how those groups...  Read More >
Summer slide refers to a decrease or loss of academic skills over the summer break.  As summer goes by, if students do not actively engage in learning experiences, the progress they had made throughout the school year will not only decrease, it...  Read More >
In a presidential election season where speeches, debates and tweets have largely ignored education policy, I've found myself hungry for a conversation about the challenges America’s educational system faces. Last month’s Committee for Education...  Read More >
How do you teach college- and career-ready standards to students who are still learning English? One educator explained his tactics in an online conversation with the Learning First Alliance on June 14. Larry Ferlazzo, a high school teacher, blogger...  Read More >
Summer vacation is eagerly anticipated by students and teachers – eight weeks of out-of-school time in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). But it harbors a built-in risk that we call the Summer Slide: Academic ground gained during the school year...  Read More >