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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...
The Learning First Alliance is hosting a webinar with Education Northwest and the Knowledge Alliance, "Evidence-Based Requirements in ESSA: What Do They Mean for Schools?" This live event will discuss how educators and policymakers can leverage the new, more flexible requirements that allow evidence to be considered within the context...
After much speculation about the direction of education policy in the Trump administration, the president-elect has named billionaire philanthropist and school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education. Many questions still remain about the administration’s plans and what proposals will materialize and actually be politically feasible....
The election results represent two waves of change. It isn’t simply that the government will shift its policies and emphasis under soon-to-be President Trump and a Republican Congress; there also has been a release of an ugly stream of fear, hate, and aggression. Both are hitting people in different ways....
Joy in the discovery of knowledge is one of the traits of a curious person. The Learning First Alliance has launched a new website that is designed to be a portal of the best research, insights and perspectives in the K-12 community and from our member organizations. You will find...
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...
The National School Boards Association and the National Association of Secondary School Principals have created an online toolkit for educators as part of a national effort to spur dialogue around the importance of embracing college- and career-ready standards for all students. The toolkit contains videos, tip sheets, sample surveys and...
Economic growth and development is tied to education. The manufacturing community, for example, reports that there are millions of possible jobs in new manufacturing to be had in the United States, but only if the country has an educated workforce ready to do the work (or undertake the additional training...
The New York Times editorial “ Help Teachers Before They Get to Class ” (October 15) repeats outdated canards about teacher preparation that are as misguided as the new federal regulations celebrated in the editorial. Far from resisting higher expectations, teachers colleges are driving them. Higher education institutions and states...