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A coalition of more than 30 national education groups, including six Learning First Alliance members, is urging the U.S. Senate to thoroughly investigate Betsy DeVos' nomination to become the next U.S. Secretary of Education. The groups circulated a letter to members of the Senate HELP Committee in advance of DeVos'...
The following is the second of a two-part series on how superintendents and school leaders can handle issues stemming from "fake news." It is written by Richard Bagin, executive director of the National School Public Relations Association. Read the first of the series here . I offer these ideas as...
In this first of a two-part segment, Richard Bagin, executive director of the National School Public Relations Association, discusses how fake news impacts school district leaders. In the second installment , he discusses strategies and tactics to help school leaders deal with fake news. “Fake news” used to be somewhat...
To take advantage of the educational promise of online assessments, CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking); AASA, The School Superintendents Association; and the National School Boards Association have released a new report and planning tool for school leaders. The report, Online Assessment: From Readiness to Opportunity , shares the recent...
“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 wishes you a Happy New Year! As we look to 2017 and the change in administration, we are taking a look back at our accomplishments over the past year and reflecting on our plans to build on these initiatives in coming months. We thank you for...
At the end of World War II, the United States had become the world’s leading manufacturing powerhouse, accountable for 50 percent of the world’s industrial production. Now, the U.S. produces only a fifth of the global manufacturing output. The manufacturing sector can spark an economic recovery by restoring the confidence...
If you haven’t had the opportunity to fully explore our new website yet, you might have missed our new feature: member resources. This feature allows us to organize by topic (for example, equity or education technology) the resources that the LFA member organizations—the membership associations representing the local practitioners working...
Over the past year, as part of our effort to improve learning in America’s public schools, we at the Learning First Alliance have addressed many important issues. We’ve produced resources related to Common Core (and other college- and career-ready standards) implementation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the educator pipeline...
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,...