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Featured Blog: How "More and Better" Learning Time Helps Young Children Succeed

Expanding instructional time to help boost student performance and improve low-performing schools has been at the forefront of many reform efforts over the past five years. The Center on Education Policy recently analyzed extended learning time programs and determined which elements show the best results for student learning.  

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Statements on Transgender Student Guidance, plus Resources on Bullying and Harassment 

Several LFA member organizations have issued statements opposing the Trump administration’s decision to rescind guidance protecting transgender students from discrimination. LFA has a summary of their statements.

As Learning First Alliance members have reported increased incidents of bullying and harassment in recent months, LFA compiled a list of resources to help educators working to ensure every student feels safe and welcome. 

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School Counselor of the Year Leads Students to New Opportunities

The American School Counselor Association recently named Terri Tchorzynski of Calhoun Area Career Center in Battle Creek, Mich., its 2017 School Counselor of the Year. Ms. Tchorzynski works with students in 11th and 12th grades to match their interests and abilities to CACC's 20 programs in fields from engineering to health care and culinary skills. "I want to be the person they know they can always rely on when they need help or support," she says in a Q&A with Learning First Alliance.

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, and work toward the continual and long-term improvement of public education based on solid research.

Members of the Learning First Alliance

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
AASA: The School Superintendents Association
American Federation of Teachers
American School Counselor Association
Consortium for School Networking
International Society for Technology in Education
Learning Forward
National Association of Elementary School Principals

National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Education Association
National PTA
National School Boards Association
National School Public Relations Association